It’s finally time to write about urinary tract infection. I think it’s long overdue – I have received over 10 inquires requesting I write something on this. Before I commence, I wish to make it clear that home remedies can only work when the symptoms is detected earlier and the infection is just about to happen – only then can you use home remedy to prevent the bacteria from spreading and multiplying. But if the germs have already infected your urinary tract and are thriving, then you have to visit a physician. Women are in most risk to contact the disease than men, because they have shorter urethras than men. The tube that transport urine from the bladder to outside of the body is located close to the anus and bacteria from the large intestine such as E. coli can easily find their way to the anus and invade the urethra. From which it can travel up to the bladder and when left untreated can infect the kidney. Although some conditions like bowel incontinence, kidney stone, immobility, diabetes, pregnancy and sexual intercourse can cause UTI – but most times UTI don’t cause any signs and symptoms but when they do, they includes: Strong-smelling urine, urine that appears cloudy, passing frequent, pelvic pain in women, small amount of urine and a strong urge to urinate
Types of urinary tract infection
Different types of Urinary Tract Infections are associated with specific sign and symptoms, depending on which part is infected.
|Part of urinary tract affected||Signs and symptoms|
|Kidneys (acute pyelonephritis)||You might experience an upper back and side pain. Also accompanied with it is high fever shaking, nausea and vomiting|
|Bladder (cystitis)||You might experience pelvic pressure and you might begin to see blood in your urine. It also comes with lower abdomen discomfort|
|Urethra (urethritis)||You might experience burning with urine discharge.|
Powerful Home Remedies for Urinary tract Infection
Use Baking Soda
Upon discovering you might be infected with UTI – use the baking soda remedy. Baking soda helps neutralize the acid in the urine with its alkaline property and helps UTI sufferers pass urine with less pain. My personal favorite is Hammer baking soda. You can get it here
- ½ tsp Baking soda
- 1 cup Water
Direction: Once you detect this disease, take half teaspoon of baking soda – add this into a cup of water. Then drink the water
Marshmallow Root Tea
Marshmallow is an aromatic perennial herb that grows mostly in the northeastern part of North America. The root is used as an herb – which contains demulcent, emollient and diuretic properties that helps sooth the urinary system. It also helps soothes irritated and inflamed tissues of the bladder. One amazing thing about marshmallow root it that it’s safe for everyone both babies and pregnant women and its totally save to consume multiple times daily. The herb also helps in increasing the acidity of your urine and inhibits the growth of bacteria. Here is a link to get my personal favorite.
- Marshmallow root
- Lukewarm water
- A jar with lid
Directions: Start by placing the marshmallow root into the jar, making sure that it fill at least ¼ of it. Proceed to adding lukewarm water to fill the whole jar. Then cover and leave it overnight or at least 5 hours. Then strain the thick, viscous brownish water. Drink this portion throughout the day to soothe your bladder.
Coriander is also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or Dhania. It belongs to the family of Apiaceae. Coriander has a cooling effect that remedies the excessive heat and high pitta dosha, associated with the burning sensation when urinating. Get one here
You will need:
- 3 tablespoons of Coriander seeds powder
- Rock candy powder (or unrefined sugar)- 1 tablespoon
- 3 cups Water
- Earthen pot (preferable but optional)
Direction: Put three cups of water into a water vessels. Then add coriander and rock candy powder in to the water and mix thoroughly. Leave the mixture overnight to soak. Upon waking up stir the solution to mix, in-case if the powder settles down. Drink 1 cup daily for a period of three days
Get yourself cranberry juice
Researcher has found that cranberry juice helps promotes urinary tract health. Most people believes that cranberry owes that ability to the fact the juice increases the acidity of urine in the bladder and therefore kills the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections. But it turns out that cranberries contains a compound called proanthocyanidins which have strong bacterial anti-adhesion properties. PAC’s interferes with the ability of bacteria to adhere to the cells that line the bladder walls. Instead of sticking to the bladder walls and causing infections, the bacteria gets flushed out through the urine. To remedy UTI – have 50 -150 ml of pure cranberry juice daily. I must warn you that cranberry juice can affect your UTI medication and might sometimes lead to kidney stones. I suggest you don’t have more three liters of cranberry juice in a day, unless you want to be running back and forth to the toilet.
Cinnamon to combat infection:
A research conducted on the use of cinnamon for the treatment of urinary tract infection shows that the cinnamon extract – Trans-cinnamaldehyde, were found to be effective in preventing occurrence of E-coli in catheters. This shows that the trans-cinnamaldehyde could be used to coat the surface of catheters or used as an ingredients in a catheter lock solution to help prevent UTI in such patients.
- ½ Cinnamon powder
- 1 cup of warm water
Direction: Pour warm water in a glass cup and add cinnamon powder to the mix. Then gently sip the tea, stir the tea as you sip because the cinnamon might sediment under the water, so you need to stir regularly to mix it up with the water. If the infection is already obvious, I suggest you drink this tea 3-4 cups daily – else just drink once daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar helps discourage the growth of UTI causing bacteria. But do note that once your body succumbs to the infection, you should probably dismiss the idea of using apple cider vinegar, because once the infection becomes severe the bacteria attaches to the tissue lining your bladder and urethra, which in turns leave the tissue inflamed and raw, applying an acidic liquid like vinegar can increase the acidity of your urine and passing acidic urine may exacerbate the inflamed tissue, which might result to a severe burning sensation. So saying it’s best to use the ACV at the early stage of the infection. But a better alternative is take it orally. Below is oral concoction that works well with UTI
- 2 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar
- 1 glass of water
- Lemon juice
Directions: Start by adding apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Then mix thoroughly and add lemon juice and organic honey. Drink the mixture twice daily
To keep UTI at bay I suggest you follow the below lay down hygiene rules:
- UTIs are a key reason we’re often told to wipe from front to back after using the bathroom, when done in the reverse order increase the chances of anus bacteria coming in contact with your urethera
- Experts advise you use sanitary napkins instead of tampons during menstrual periods
- It is advised that you urinate and wash your private parts before sexual intercourse
- It’s safer to avoid washing your genital areas with fragrant soaps and other lotions. The use of deodorant is also discouraged because they destroy your body’s natural protective barrier and make you prone to infection
- Endeavor to wash and disinfect your hand properly each time you visit the toilet, to avoid chances of contacting the bacteria due to deposit of fecal matter.
- Its recommended that you wear cotton underwear and it shouldn’t be too tight but should be kept dry because moist environment encourages bacteria growth
- Never suppress the urge to urinate. Doing this holds up the bacteria therefore not allowing them pass out of your body, which may lead to infection.
- Drinking a lots of water is not only recommended for total body functioning, but also to keep UTI at bay
- Avoid having too hot, sour or spicy foods.
- Make out time for daily exercise, at least 30 – 40 minutes, being physically active boost your immune system and makes you less prone to infection.
- Add healthy fats to your diet to help balance out your hormones. This includes food such as avocados, chia, flax, and nut butter.
- Try resetting your bladder’s pH by drinking at-least 8 ounce of prune juice in other to make your urine more acidic. If that’s much of a big deal for you, try drinking a glass of diluted apple cider vinegar