Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Preventing UTI's


Do you get recurrent urinary tract infections? Or have you ever experienced pain or burning while urinating? Even if you said no, chances are you will one day - especially if you are female.

Women are more likely to contract a UTI than men, because they have a shorter urethra (the tube that transports urine from the bladder to outside your body), making it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder and cause an infection.

The best way to beat an infection is to prevent it occurring in the first place and one of the best ways to do that is also one of the easiest - drink water! And lots of it. This is important to prevent and reduce any UTI symptoms.  By having plenty of fluids, and going to the toilet regularly (you should be urinating every 4-5 hours), your body is able to flush any bacteria out before it can start to cause an infection. You should be aiming for the recommended 8 glasses (= 2 liters) a day.

A few natural ways to help prevent a UTI, or to assist in UTI treatment include:
    - Vitamin C - vitamin C will help to build your immune system and, if you do get a UTI, it will help to reduce any damage that may occur to your urinary tract and assist in any necessary urinary tract repair

    - Blueberries - studies have been done on the action of blueberries to UTI's and they suggest that the chemicals in blueberries prevent bacteria from being able to stick to the urinary tract. While this needs to be investigated further before it can be claimed to be true, blueberries are still a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants

    - Probiotics - most of your immune system is located within your gut so by balancing out your natural gut bacteria (natural flora) you will be increasing your body's ability to fight off any infections

For more info you can look here and here

It is important that if you start experiencing pain or discomfort with urination you consult a healthcare professional.

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional.

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