Home Treatment for UTI
Basic tips and useful information
If you have ever experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI) then you know the amount of pain and discomfort one can cause. Many times, you can’t get to a doctor quick enough to relive yourself from that pain. If this is the case, then you may want to try some home treatments for UTIs.
When you are suffering from a UTI trying anything is better than trying nothing at all. Remember that a UTI can turn into a kidney infection, which is a serious medical problem. Call your doctor if you are experiencing severe pain or if your UTI lasts for longer than two days. In the meantime, you can try some of these home remedies.
Neutralize the Acid in Your Body
One thing that you know when you have a UTI is that they burn. You can try to neutralize the acid in your urine stream by drinking a glass of water that has one teaspoon of baking soda added to it. This has been reported to ease the pain from urination for some people.
Use Fruit to Fight Bacteria
One home remedy that you have probably heard before is the power of cranberries. This fruit has a natural bacteria fighting tendency that helps to stop the bacteria that causes a UTI in its tracks. However, plain cranberries can be hard to find, so many people resort to cranberry juice.
If you drink cranberry juice, make sure that you are drinking cranberry juice, not cranberry juice “cocktail.” Cranberry juice cocktail contains added sugars that can make the pain in a UTI worse. Look for 100% cranberry juice and you will be better off. In addition to cranberries, blueberries also have been found to have the same bacteria fighting tendencies of the cranberry.
While blueberry juice is becoming easier to find, straight blueberries (even frozen!) continue to be an easy option to add blueberries to your diet. Adding blueberries and cranberries to your daily diet can be a good way to help prevent future UTIs but they might not do the trick when it comes to stopping one once it starts. Eating more blueberries and cranberries can’t hurt, however.
Another fruit with the power to help fight urinary tract infections is the mighty pineapple. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which has been shown in studies to help fight infection. Again, adding these tasty fruits to your everyday diet can be a good home remedy for UTIs that has the pleasant side effect of being tasty as well.
Drink Your Water
We are told to drink water for all types of reasons, and many times it can seem mysterious as to what it actually does for your health. But as a home remedy for UTIs, it is very easy to imagine. Increasing the amount of water you drink causes you to urinate more frequently, which in turn can help flush the body of dangerous bacteria.
All of these home remedies for UTIs are easy to try, especially if you are suffering from pain. However, remember to call your doctor if the pain doesn’t go away.