Urinary tract infections are both extremely common and bothersome. In fact, one out of two women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime. Did you know there are some things you can do to prevent and treat these painful, inconvenient infections without a prescription?
Here are some ways you can treat your UTI at home.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is essential to both preventing and clearing a urinary tract infection. Drinking water keeps your kidneys and urinary tract flushed clean, regularly carrying bacteria away. It’s generally recommended that women drink about 100 ounces of water each day. It’s important to steer clear of sugary drinks, opting for plain water instead— particularly when you’re fighting an active infection.
Reduce Exposure to Irritants
If you are prone to urinary tract infections, focusing on drinking plenty of water and avoiding anything inflammatory is a good practice in general. When you have an active UTI, avoiding potential irritants will speed your body’s healing process.
Steer clear of spicy foods, nicotine, and caffeinated or carbonated beverages as well as alcohol and artificial sweeteners. These can irritate your bladder, making it harder for your body to recover. Instead of thinking about what you can’t have, focus on foods that promote good digestive health. Food with high fiber content such as oats or lentils feed the good bacteria in your gut and are fantastic for immune support.
When you are suffering from a urinary tract infection, the burning, pain, and “heaviness” you feel can be extremely uncomfortable. Applying heat can help give you some relief. Use a heating pad on a low setting for 15 minutes at a time, or try a hot, therapeutic bath.
Fill your tub with water that is as hot as you can stand, adding 1 cup of raw Apple Cider Vinegar as you run the water. Relax in the warm water until it cools, about 30 minutes.
Don’t Hold It
Holding urine can contribute to UTI and bladder infections by allowing bacteria time to grow and take up residence in your urinary tract. If you are drinking plenty of water, you should be urinating frequently throughout the day – and when you’ve gotta go, go! Don’t hold it.
When you have an active UTI, the urge to urinate frequently can be annoying. The continual bathroom trips feel like a major interruption in your day. Don’t fight this impulse to head to the toilet, however. Each time you urinate, you are clearing away bacteria that is causing your infection.
Take Probiotics & Vitamin C
Taking a supplement that is high in vitamin C or cranberry can help limit bacterial growth by acidifying the urine. Valosun’s Uroval mannose ACUTE, which includes D-mannose, proanthocyanidins (powerful antioxidants) and cranberry, is a great choice for regular urinary tract health.
Valosun’s Uroval mannose ACUTE + enzymes also include the enzymes bromelain and trypsin which can aid in healing, reducing pain and inflammation when you have an infection, and is an ideal supplement to use during antibiotic treatment.
Keeping the gut flora in balance is also important for fighting infection and staying healthy. Valosun offers a probiotic that is right for you, with balanced combinations for all ages and stages of life. Click here to learn more.