Urinary Tract Infection, commonly known as UTI, is a painful infection caused by bacteria involving kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Though the malady can infect anyone. Women are known to be more vulnerable to UTI as their anatomy facilitates the bacterial infections since in women, the urethra is placed in close proximity to anus which harbors bacteria, thus increasing the risk of infection.
Often, the infectivity starts at the urethra and then spreads to the internal organs causing distress and symptoms like burning sensation while urinating, frequent urination, bloating, discomfort and pressure in lower abdomen, foul smelling, discolored and stained urine, backache, pain in pelvic area, and fever.
UTI can develop into serious conditions like cystitis, pyuria and pelonephritis when left untreated. Fortunately following some simple remedial methods can help in control and prevention of UTI.
Follow clean and hygienic lifestyle
Clean the genital area along with anus thoroughly with soap and water after evacuation and urination to prevent bacterial infection. Unhygienic toilet methods are one of main cause of UTI, along with unhealthy sexual habits like having multiple partners and not cleaning oneself after sexual intercourse. Wearing synthetic, tight fitting undergarments can also cause infections. Drink plenty of fluids and water, so that the urinary tract will be cleaned by flushing out bacteria.
Baking soda for initial stages
Baking soda prevents and cures UTI by neutralizing the acidity in urine especially in the initial stages of infection. Add ½ tsp of baking soda to 7-9 ounces of pure water and consume it 2-3 times a day to nip the infection in bud.
The berry treatment
Bacteria cannot survive in acid, therefore berries like blueberries, cranberries and lingonberries which are rich in ascorbic acid, generally known as Vitamin C, are known to have natural ability to fight UTIs. Berries are rich in tannins which help in prevention of E. coli infection. Women who have recurring UTIs should drink 500 ml of cranberry or blueberry juice everyday to inhibit infection.
Uva ursi herbal treatment
Uva Ursi, commonly known as bearberry, is a herb with high antiseptic, astringent and diuretic properties which can cleanse the urinary system and kidneys thus reducing the symptoms of UTI. The tincture or tea prepared with uva ursi is excellent remedy for UTI, though it should be consumed in moderate quantities as it is mildly toxic. High doses may lead to other health complications.
Pineapple is a tasty, aromatic fruit which is very rich in vitamin C and enzyme Bromelain, making it excellent fighter against infections and inflammations. What would be a better way to get rid of UTI, other than including a cup of fresh and tasty pineapple slices in your diet?
Drinking tea prepared from the herb Echinacea, also known as purple cone flower, can not only help in the treatment of UTI, but also helps to get rid of other infections in the body. It is also available in capsules or tablets, as over the counter medicine in many health stores.
Aromatherapy cannot be substituted for treatment of UTI, but it can help in controlling the symptoms effectively, especially in bladder infections. Essentials oils like sandalwood, tea tree, juniper, thyme, lavender and basil are excellent remedy to bring down the severity of infection of urinary tract.