If respiratory infections are the most common kind of infections, then bladder infections are the second-most common. This infection is easily prevented with a few precautions and natural supplements in our daily diet. Let us look into some common causes, symptoms and natural remedies for urinary tract infections.
Bladder infections are usually caused by different strains of E.Coli
Poor hygiene after vaginal intercourse allows bacteria to travel easily to the bladder through the urethra
Diaphragms and spermicides increase the risk of infections
Home and hospital catheters can lead to infections
Lack of proper hygiene
Symptoms of urinary tract infection
urge to urinate frequently
production of less urine
pain and burning sensation during urination
cloudy or milky urine
blood in urine
Use Of Natural Supplements For Prevention Of Urinary Tract Infection
Many natural supplements are known to prevent and reduce this infection. However, it is very important to seek medical advice, when you identify the symptoms of infection. If you leave the infection untreated, there is a risk of it spreading to the kidneys, which is dangerous. Some of the well known natural supplements are-
Cranberry juice is a well known natural supplement and is in use for more than a century. It is used to both prevent and treat urinary tract infection. The proanthocyanins in cranberry do not allow the bacteria to stick to the walls of the tract. This way, they are flushed out of the body through urine. Studies have confirmed that cranberry, both in the form of juice and extract tablets significantly reduced UTI. As tablets have concentrated amounts of proanthocyanins, they are considered as most effective.
Seven ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice is recommended daily.
100 percent cranberry juice is more effective and not drinks or cocktails made from cranberry juice
Follow the dosage instructions if you choose to take cranberry tablets
Consult your doctor before drinking large amounts of this juice, as it may interact with some medications like anticoagulants
Uva Ursi is a well known herb used as a natural supplement to help patients suffering from bladder infections. An active component called arbutin, which has antiseptic properties is known to be good for the body.
Other natural supplements include golden seal, marshmallow root, Buchu, Corn Silk, and Horse tail.
Other precautions to avoid urinary tract infections
Drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated and allow you to urinate frequently. When this occurs, the bacteria are flushed out from the bladder
wiping the genital area, and in front to back movements, after a bowel movement will keep the bacteria away from the vagina.
Regular showers are recommended instead of baths
Natural supplements are a good way of knocking out urinary tract infections. Use them wisely and under doctor’s supervision for better results.