Have you ever felt an unusual urgency to urinate over a couple of days, or a burning sensation while you urinate? You were most likely having a urinary tract infection (UTI).
Approximately, 150 million people across the world are diagnosed with Urinary Tract Infection every year (1). UTI’s are generally treated with antibiotics however the bacteria causing the infection has become resistant to most of them. Due to this recurring UTI’s have become a major concern. (2)
For this reason, it is better to look back to traditional home remedies for urinary tract infection which are better alternative solutions to treat UTI’s and prevent recurrent infections.
What is Urinary Tract Infection?
The urinary tract comprises of organs which are involved in making and transporting urine out of the body. These organs include a pair of kidneys and ureters, a bladder, and a urethra.
A urinary tract infection is therefore, an infection of any or a combination of these organs. In 90% of the cases, infection can be caused due to bacteria called E.coli or Staphylococcus saprophyticus. (3, 4)
These bacteria are either neutral or beneficial until it stays in the digestive tract however when it migrates to urinary tract, it causes infection.
Symptoms of UTI include lower abdominal pain, flank pain, bloody urine, or fever. However, sometimes you might have no symptom at all, which is described as asymptomatic bacteriuria.
There are few conditions that can help the bacteria or fungus to access the organs and cause an infection:
- Sexual intercourse
- Placement of a urinary catheter
- Other urinary devices used in the hospital
- Abnormalities in the structure of the urinary organs
- Holding the urine in bladder for longer time
- Diabetes mellitus
- Decreased immunity
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Kidney transplant
In order to eliminate the infection, you should drink more fluids which will increase the frequency of bathroom trips and expel toxins from your body. Drinking chamomile, rosemary and cinnamon tea can help as well – these ingredients are powerful antibiotics that can reduce inflammation and treat the infections.
Besides these teas, you should also incorporate antibiotic foods such as garlic, parsley, and ginger into your diet. Ginger tea can be easily prepared and drinking it regularly can help you cure the infection faster.
Diuretic foods are a must in cases of urinary tract infections, and you can also use baking soda to eliminate them – just add a teaspoon of the powder to a glass of water and drink the solution to relieve the symptoms.
Blueberries are rich in antibiotic and antioxidant compounds that will increase your urine’s acidity and kill the bacteria in your urinary tract. Consume blueberries raw in order to boost the health of your urinary system and treat the infections.
Like blueberries, papayas can also increase the acidity of your urine and eliminate bacteria in the urinary tract. This powerful fruit is also rich in fiber which can improve the intestinal transit and its antioxidant properties can clean your intestines, colon, and bladder. The powerful enzymes present in papayas can reduce inflammation and scarring in your organs.
Orange and lemon juice
Both oranges and lemons are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants which can destroy bacteria effectively. Make a juice of 2 oranges and ½ a lemon every morning and drink it fresh to treat the infection and clean your intestines.
There’s nothing better than pineapple for reducing the inflammation in your urinary tract. Consume the fruit raw or juiced in order to treat your urinary tract infections.
These fruits are powerful antibiotics which can easily fight urinary tract infections. Consume a few handfuls a day and you will feel much better soon. Grapes are rich in antioxidant and have powerful anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties which will help you recover.