UTI or Urinary Tract Infection can be painful. It is caused by bacteria entering the urinary system, especially the bladder and the urethra. UTI’s are very common and can have adverse effects when left untreated. One out of two women will have an episode of UTI in her life. But just because it is common does not mean it cannot be avoided.
Some of the symptoms of UTI are:
- Painful and frequent urination
- Lower abdominal pain
- Bloody urine
- Burning sensation
- An urgency to urinate with no urine coming out
Needless to say, UTI can be very disheartening, especially because it starts interfering with your daily life. Some women may even find it hard to step out due to the above reasons and it can have severe gynecological issues in the long run.
Almost 20-30% of UTIs can be treated without antibiotics and it usually goes away within a week.
Here are a few home remedies to treat Urinary Tract Infection:
1. Drink enough water: The more water you drink, the more you will urinate. Though urinating can be painful during UTI’s, but it flushes the bacteria from the urinary tract, helping relieve symptoms and pain.
2. Urinate frequently: Though it may be tempting to hold your urine because it may be painful to pee, but holding urine will only multiple the bacteria in the tract. So urinate as frequently as you can.
3. Include more Vitamin C: Vitamin C strengthens the immune system and may help acidify the urine to prevent infection. Including foods rich in Vitamin C or taking Vitamin C supplements can help treat UTI.
4. Consume cranberry juice: Cranberries are said to be low in calories and high in antioxidants and nutrients. They are also a rich source of vitamin C hence, help in boosting the immune system. Consuming unsweetened cranberry juice can help in washing away urinary tract infection and can also help in preventing the incidences of infection in women. A good Indian substitute to cranberry is carandas cheery aka karonda.
5. Include probiotics in your diet: Probiotics promote good gut health and digestion. They also increase immunity and are useful in preventing UTIs. Probiotics can replace the bad bacteria with the good bacteria and prevent recurrence of UTIs. Curd and Yakult are a good source of probiotic.
6. Practice good hygiene: Many bacteria travel from the rectum to the vagina. Wash well after using the restroom. Wipe properly to keep the place dry, as moisture can also become a breeding ground for bacteria.