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Natural Treatments for a UTI

Last Updated on: July 20, 2022

What Is a UTI?

UTI stands for urinary tract infection. These are extremely common, most often occurring in women. A UTI can affect kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra. Lower urinary tract infections involving only the bladder and urethra are the most common form of a UTI.

Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria causes almost all UTI cases. The bacteria enter the urethra and then spreads up into the urinary tract.

UTIs can feel extremely painful. They cause a burning sensation while urinating, frequent urges to urinate, bad smelling urine, bloody urine, cramping, fever, fatigue, and in the worst-case scenarios, sepsis. (1)

 

Natural Treatments

Most urinary tract infections heal themselves in a matter of days. However, even a small and inconsequential UTI may cause discomfort. Most people who experience UTIs want relief from the pain in their bodies. Here are some natural ways you may treat a UTI at home. (2, 3, 4)

  1. Water! Stay hydrated. Drinking a lot of water causes you to urinate more frequently, helping to wash bacteria out of the body. Choose Synergy Science™ hydrogen water whenever possible for extra health benefits.
  2. Cranberries. Many believe cranberries prevent the formation of E. coli bacteria. Most people use cranberry juice to prevent and soothe existing UTIs.
  3. Probiotics. Taking probiotic supplements or consuming foods containing probiotics introduces good bacteria into your body. This can then fight off the bad bacteria.
  4. Vitamin C. Stimulating the immune system, vitamin C increases interferon, a protein which stops bad bacteria from multiplying. Eating an orange or adding lemon to water can help with a UTI.
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar. This vinegar can stop the bacteria from multiplying, allowing your body to more effectively fight the UTI.
  6. Heating pad on abdomen. Many people experience pain in their abdomen with a UTI. Applying heat to the abdomen can give relief.

Make sure your doctor approves of these at home treatments. Although they are often effective, there is not enough scientific evidence proving these treatments can help with a UTI.

 

Be Careful

Many UTIs will heal themselves, however if the infection spreads up to the kidneys, it can cause more serious damage inside of the body. If you experience a UTI with fevers, shaking, and vomiting, you should immediately contact a doctor.

When possible, take action to avoid developing a UTI. Keep your urethra clean. Women should make sure their form of birth control does not cause UTIs as a side effect. Lessen your intake of sugar. Avoid taking baths as these allow bacteria to circulate. 

The best way to avoid the symptoms of a UTI is to not get a UTI at all. Avoiding those situations which lead to bacterial infections will keep you safer, healthier, and pain free. (5)

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