Urinary Tract Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies

Urinary Tract Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common health condition among women. Read this article to find out its causes, symptoms, and home remedies for UTI.

UTI is a common health problem that affects the bladder, kidney, and tubes that connect them. This problem is more common in women than in men. Infection in the bladder can be painful & discomforting. However, more serious consequences can occur if an infection spreads to the kidneys. For UTI treatment, most doctors prescribe antibiotics. And you can also take the help of Ayurveda to treat UTI problems easily.

Symptoms of UTI

You may not always get a symptom of urinary infections. But when you do, these may include:

  • A strong urge to urinate frequently
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Passing small amounts of urine
  • The color of the urine appears cloudy
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Pain in the pelvic (in women)

What Causes a UTI?

Urinary tract infections normally occur when infection-causing bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra. And in time these bacteria multiply in the bladder creating pain and discomforts. Although our urinary system is designed to keep out these microscopic bacteria, these systems sometimes fail.

The common types of Urinary infections in women are:

Infection in the bladder (Cystitis): This type of infection is commonly caused by Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) bacteria. Sexual intercourse may cause a Cystitis problem in some cases. All women are prone to these types of infections due to their anatomy.

Infection in the Urethra (Urethritis): This type of infection occurs due to the spread of bacteria from the anus to the urethra. Because the female vagina is close to the urethra, sexually transmitted infections like herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, can also cause urethritis.

Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection

Drink more Fluids
Drinking more fluids can help flush the bacteria through urination. Drinking 4-5 liters of water is recommended to avoid/prevent UTI problems. Also, you can include fruit juices, herbal tea, etc. in your diet.

Consume Vitamin-C
Including vitamin-C rich foods in the diet increase the acidity level of the urine, thereby killing off the bacteria that causes the infection. Oranges, lemon, kiwi, grapefruit are recommended in urinary infections.

Cranberry Juice
A well-known natural remedy for most types of UTI’s. Drinking 1 glass of unsweetened cranberry juice 2-3 times a day helps in preventing bacterial infection in the urinary tract.

Probiotics
You can divide the bacteria into 2 types in general. Good bacteria and bad bacteria. Good bacteria found in yogurt and fermented foods provide the first line of defense against the infection causing bad bacteria. Therefore, consume more probiotic-rich foods to prevent these types of infections.

Green Tea
Green tea has anti-microbial properties. Thereby it works as a diuretic to help flush out the harmful bacteria from the body.

Stop consuming Bladder Irritants
Bladder irritants like coffee or caffeinated drinks, sugar, cola increase the risk of bladder infections. So, limit/avoid these types of drinks to prevent urinary infections.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV has anti-bacterial properties and it also alkalizes the inner system. Add 2 teaspoons of ACV in one glass of hot water and consume this solution on empty stomach (preferably in the early morning) to treat urinary infections.

Garlic
Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, that helps in preventing harmful bacteria. Consume small pieces of raw garlic or you can drink garlic-infused tea 2-3 times a day to treat urinary tract infections.
And if you have any health queries or concerns then you can ask them to our Ayurvedic experts through our online consultation.

References: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/bladder-infection-uti-in-adults

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