Urinary tract infection (UTI) appears in the urinary system of a human body which includes the kidneys, bladder, urethra (tube that passes urine out from the body) and ureters (tube that carries the urine from kidney to bladder).
If the infection is treated properly in time it can be limited to the bladder or else it may cause serious consequences by spreading to the kidneys. Infection in the urinary tract is very common after the respiratory infection. Though common in women, urinary tract infection can affect men, women and children of any age but causes may differ.
Causes of Urinary Tract Infection
Bacteria in urethra- The infection is caused when the bacteria from digestive tract comes to the opening of urethra.
Sexual intercourse- Sexual intercourse is one of the main reasons for infection in the urinary tract. During that bacteria present in the vaginal tract get pushed inside the urethra during the movement.
Many sexual partners- Too many sexual partners is another reason for the spread of this infection.
Delayed urination and holding the urge- Delayed urination may also cause the infection. Prolonging urination may cause the bladder to stretch. This stretch weakens the bladder and disallows it to empty itself completely. The urine that remains in the bladder is responsible for causing the infection.
Symptoms that may indicate that infection of the urinary tract has extended to kidneys:
Constant pressure or pain in abdomen area, low back or side
The symptoms and signs of urinary tract infection is sometimes mild in individuals and children so it is often ignored till it become severe. Therefore you need to detect the signs of the bladder infection at the preliminary stage and take proper treatment. However the good news is that urinary tract infection can be safely treated at home. Causes of the infection may differ amongst individuals so you need to find out the remedy that works best for you.
Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection
In eight ounce of water add half teaspoon of baking soda and drink. This remedy is very helpful to treat initial signs of urinary infection. Baking soda in the system helps to raise the acid-base balance of acidic urine.
Drink Water and Fluids
This is the best home remedy for preventing urinary tract infection. It is vital for your system to have proper flow of urine which can be achieved by taking lots of water. Water dilutes and flushes out toxins and all unwanted substance out from the body. Vegetable and fruit juices are highly beneficial for treating bladder infection as they supply the body all the essential minerals and vitamins to fight back the infection.
Cranberry juice is a very good natural remedy for urinary tract infection. It disallows the bacteria to grip the cell that lines the urinary tract. It works wonder in fighting the infection. If you have difficulty in consuming cranberry juice raw, mix with apple juice for added taste.
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Try to have fresh cranberry juice instead of bottled juice as fresh juice is always a better option. If fresh option is not available choose one with low amount of added additives and sugar. Processed additives and sugar may deteriorate the condition.
Uva ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is an age old trusted herb that is used as a remedy to treat certain kinds of urinary tract infection. It contains an active component ‘arbutin’ that gets broken down and when excreted in the kidney it delivers antiseptic properties. However, nursing or pregnant women, individual suffering from liver or kidney disease and children should refrain from taking uva ursi. Do not take this herb in large quantity for prolonged time.
Prepare your own fresh berry juice and take once in the morning and once at night for first and effective results. Women who consume fresh berry juice as part of their diet stay useful in long run. It supplies the body with a variety of vitamin and antioxidants. This is one of the best home remedies to treat bladder infection naturally.
Place a heating pad on your lower abdominal area to get relief from the pain. You can use a hot water bottle in abdominal region too. Refill the bottle with hot water as it cools down. A hot compress is very effective in decreasing the inflammation and a little extra heat prevents the infection from getting spread to the kidneys. Most fungus and bacteria require warm temperature to flourish but cannot stay alive in hot temperature. This is a very easy natural cure to urinary infection.
Diet to Follow
Take lots of vitamin c. It prevents the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract and in the bladder due to acidic environment created inside. It is vital for you to have a diet rich in minerals for daily quota. Also have a balanced diet full of other mineral supplements. Have a diet rich in fruits, milk and lots of fresh vegetables to maintain the alkaline content in the urine. Citrus fruits are very rich in vitamin C so add citrus foods to your diet in a fruit platter form. You can also prepare a salad dressing made of olive oil, orange juice and fresh lemon juice.
Avoid foods that trigger the condition. Avoid processed foods like chocolate, cheese and diary products. Also stay away from caffeine, cigarette, alcohol and all types of spicy foods. Also avoid carbonated drinks such as soda, beer and drinks with fizz. Restrict the intake of bakery products and processed flour products which should be avoided as they contain greater amount of processed fats, sugar and flour that only aggravate the infection.
Also avoid the usage of artificial sweetener. Artificial sweeteners are mainly taken by diabetic patients and are often used in beverages. These sweeteners only aggravate bladder infection so you need to avoid this till the symptoms settle or the infection is cured.
Prevention Tips to Follow
Wear clothes made of cotton. Also wear clothes of loose fitting. Wearing tight fit clothes and tight undergarments allows more space to the infection.
Follow the diet thoroughly as it aids in the healing process of the urinary tract infection. Find out which of the remedies work best for you and use with patience for a healthy living without any infection and pain.