There is no question that the symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are unwelcome and challenging. They are painful, uncomfortable, and can have a real impact on daily life. For some, UTIs are all too common, happening over and over again in a frustrating cycle.
Probiotics can help in both the treatment and prevention of UTIs. Knowing what causes these infections and how to identify them can help determine if the use of probiotics can help you fight UTIs and keep them from coming back.
What Causes UTIs?
There are numerous reasons a person can develop a UTI. Both pregnant and menopausal women might experience UTIs because of the physical changes to their bodies, although anyone of any age or gender can get a UTI at any time.
In fact, anything that impedes the flow and total elimination of urine (like a catheter), issues fully emptying the bladder, or long periods of immobility can have an impact on the health of your bladder and urethra. This is also why many senior citizens get frequent infections in their urinary tract; they often struggle with other health issues and face challenges with mobility.
Additionally, poor personal hygiene and frequent sexual intercourse can both lead to UTIs. They can also happen as a result of tampon usage, using spermicides, and other forms of contraception. Waiting too long to empty your bladder can lead to the development of an infection. Even antibiotics can cause a UTI, since they have a major impact on the bacterial flora of your urethra and your body as a whole.
Symptoms of a UTI
The symptoms of urinary tract infections are distinct and, for the most part, easy to identify if you know what you’re looking for. These symptoms are certainly hard to ignore. Here are a few ways you might be able to identify a UTI:
Painful burning or stinging: This is the very first sign of a UTI, although it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve developed a full-blown infection. During urination, the urethra flushes all the bacteria out, so if the burning or stinging only happens once and then not again, you’ve likely eliminated the harmful bacteria
A constant need to urinate, and frequent urination: Bacteria irritates the lining of your bladder and urethra, which makes you feel like you have to urinate constantly. You’ll feel like you have to pee all the time, without any sense of relief.
Urine that is cloudy, bloody, or discolored: Anything amiss about the color of urine should tell you that something is probably wrong and indicates a possible infection. However, certain foods can affect the color of urine as well, so don’t panic right away. Foods that are red in color like beets can alter the color as well.
A strong odor: While some foods like coffee and asparagus can give urine a distinct odor, if this symptom persists, or is accompanied by bloody or cloudy urine, it’s probably a UTI.
Fatigue and fever: A UTI will not only leave you feeling majorly exhausted, but also feverish as well. Your body is actively trying to fight an infection, which requires a lot of energy. This means that you will start to feel fatigued, and even feverish, as your immune system works to fight the infection. (Side note: If you are experiencing chills or night sweats, you should see a doctor right away)
Cramping in the bladder and abdomen: Especially in older adults, UTIs can cause pressure, cramping, and pain around the bladder and just above the pubic bone.
Older adults are very susceptible to UTIs, and while they may experience these symptoms, they frequently exhibit behavioral symptoms instead of physical symptoms, including fatigue, confusion, agitation, and other changes in behavior or mental status. These symptoms are hard to associate with UTIs, and are commonly misdiagnosed as issues with mental health, and even worsening dementia.
How Can Probiotics Help?
During a UTI, it’s the presence of bacteria like E. coli that leads to the painful burning and stinging symptoms. This harmful bacteria displace the good bacteria that naturally occurs in a healthy body; the good bacteria that is supposed to be there. This natural flora of bacteria is an important part of the line of defense against infection, and its why the use of antibiotics can sometimes lead to a UTI: because antibiotics kill all the bacteria, not just the harmful.
Probiotics have been proven to help restore the good bacteria that is supposed to take residence in our bodies; the bacteria that we also sometimes lose as a result of antibiotics. These probiotics can not only keep UTIs from developing, but can also actively treat UTIs as well.
Probiotics are also entirely safe to use, with no side effects or complications, and probiotics like Uroval can also be safely used in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. They restore the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, and maintain a healthy urinary tract and bladder. Especially if you are prone to UTIs, daily use of probiotics like Uroval can have a big impact on your overall health.
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