Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infection that usually affect the bladder, but they can also affect your kidneys which is more complicated to heal than the one in bladder. Women suffer from this infection more than men do, because the female urethra is shorter and it’s more susceptible to infection. UTIs can be divided into two main categories: lower and upper. Lower UTIs can cause many different symptoms such as feeling that you can’t empty your bladder totally; a feel of pain and itching while peeing, foul smelling urine or blood in urine and a need to pee more often. To heal these infections caused by bacteria, doctors and gynecologists prescribe antibiotics to their patients. Antibiotics can help but they can also be harmful for your health, especially in the case of treating a UTI. They can disrupt the balance in the vagina by killing or suppressing the good bacteria and as a following reaction to that, a yeast infection can be caused. This is why home remedies are being used as an alternative way of treating a urinary infection.
Water, Water, Water!
As in many cases, again water has the most important role of medication and prevention. Drinking water and fluid intake leads to more frequent urination, which means that you the won’t allow the bacteria to stay in your urinary tract. According to The Institute of Medicine, a woman should drink at least 2.2 liters of water daily.
Soda helps to increase acid-base balance of acidic urine and it also calms the pain in your tummy or vagina. You can use the baking soda as a drink (just add one tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink two times in a day) or you can use it instead of a shower gel (wash the intimate area with 2 tbsp. of baking soda mixed with warm water).
Drinking tea isn’t only helpful when you have a cold. It is known that wild oregano tea and cranberry tea can help you fight bad bacteria. Add three tablespoons of dried wild oregano tea in 300 ml. hot water. Let it cool for 10 minutes than drink warm. You can also use cranberry tea as an alternative.
Eat food that is rich with vitamin C and/or add vitamin C supplements in your diet. Yet, it is preferable to eat fruit and veggies that contain a lot of vitamin C – citrus fruits such as orange, grapefruit and lime, green bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries etc.