Taking antibiotics are not always the only solution in treating urinary tract infection, or UTI as we know it.There are some treatment for UTI that do not require a prescription at all. Moreover, you can find these remedies right at your very home. You can use these methods in addition to any medication your physician has prescribed.
Words of caution
However, practice caution whenever you decide to use home remedies for treating urinary tract infections. It is still highly advised to consult with your physician before doing so.
As an example, mixing baking soda and water together as a drink to help cure a urinary tract infection, can be a risk if you take too much of it.
5 % of poisoning related to baking soda in California between 2000 to 2012 is related from drinking the mixture to cure UTI, according to Journal of clinical pharmacy and therapeutics, February 2014 research.
7 simple tips to alleviate those torturous UTI symptoms
Water! plenty of it!
One of the first things your doctor would ask you to do is drink plenty of water. Drinking water helps flush out bacteria that has been causing your agony.
How much water should you drink? Drink at least half of your body weight. If you are weighing 120 pounds, you should take 60-80 oz of water a day, according to Holly Lucille, ND, RN.
However if you have kidney disease, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) advises caution. Always consult your doctor about how much fluid is safe for you to drink.
Increase vitamin C intake for a healthy urinary tract. Eating plenty of foods rich in vitamin C or just by taking a vitamin C supplement is a big help. A large amount of Vitamin C makes our urine more acidic –kills off the bacteria in the process. It inhibits the bacterial growth in our urinary tract as advised by Doctor Kandis Rivers, MD an urologist at Henry Ford Hospital at Detroit, Michigan.
Avoid bladder Irritant diet
When you are suffering from UTI — alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, carbonated drinks and spicy foods can irritate your bladder –making it hard for your body to heal. Focus on healthy foods especially those are good for your digestive health such as high-fiber carbohydrates. – Holly Lucille, ND, RN.
Heat for relief of pain
Inflammation, irritation, burning pain and pressure caused by the infection are some of the worst things you may experience when dealing with UTI.
You can use heat packs or a towel immersed in hot water then place it near the pubic area to heal soothe the pains. Do not forget to squeeze out the excess water.
Empty your bladder often
Every time you feel the urge to empty your bladder even in small amounts, you get to flush out some bacteria causing the infection. So see to it that you make those bathroom breaks each time you need to go.
The following herbal remedies are used in treating bladder infections.
- Grape seed extract
- Mustard oil
- Oregano oil
Another study conducted at New Mexico University reveals these following herbs were effective against urinary tract infections.
- Saw palmetto
- Yarrow root
You can get them in powder, supplements, extracts or essential oils.
Herbal teas containing these herbs can also be helpful.
Always remember to inform your physician about taking herbal remedies because drug interaction or side effects can sometimes be serious or fatal.
Along with antibiotics physician prescribes diuretics to people diagnosed with UTI to help flush out bacteria from the urinary tract. Coconut water is a suitable alternative to diuretic drugs.
Practice healthy habits
Changing to healthier lifestyle does matter. This practice helps you recover and might prevent another urinary tract infection, according to NIDDK
Practices such as:
- Quitting smoking.
- Wearing loose cotton underwear.
- Wiping yourself clean front to back for females.
- Use fragrance-free hygiene products.
If you know other home-made or natural remedies for urinary tract infections, please let us know through the comment section below.