Bacteria that enter the urinary tract can cause a urinary tract infection. Even though the body has safeguards in place to prevent these types of diseases, they do occur. Because of the shorter urinary tract, a UTI is more common in sexually active women than in men. UTIs are also more frequent in the older population and can be associated with menopause, diabetes and skin allergies. If a UTI is left untreated, it could lead to a kidney infection.
Even though it is rare, men can also suffer from a UTI. He may not be aware that he has a UTI because he doesn’t show symptoms at first. However, at the time a man shows signs of a UTI the symptoms can be severe.
UTIs are thought to be sexually transmitted, but they are not, even though a UTI occurs more frequently in women who are sexually active. Sexual intercourse is a factor in getting a UTI because bacteria can travel to the urethra more easily this way.
The urgency to urinate often is the most common symptom, followed by painful urination. A fever is also common in a person experiencing a UTI.
Water is the number one ingredient that aids in getting rid of a UTI naturally. Drink at least an 8-oz. glass of water ever hour for the first 12 hours. Drinking water will aid in flushing the system of the E. coli bacteria that has attached itself to the urethra. Include a glass of cranberry juice every second, fourth, sixth, eighth and 10th hour of the first 12 hours. It’s believed that cranberry juice has the ability to stop the bacteria from attaching to the urethra because of its acidity. Baking soda is used to reduce the urgency feeling that comes with a UTI. Add one tablespoon to a glass of water twice a day. Do not add baking soda to cranberry juice as the two will cancel each other out, making them ineffective in helping relieve the symptoms of a UTI.
Avoid caffeine, chocolate, chicken and eggs for the first 12 hours, as these are associated with irritating UTI symptoms.
A woman with recurring UTIs can help put distance between the attacks with a change in diet and hygiene. Wipe from front to back when using the bathroom to avoid bacteria reaching the urethra. Wash before and after sexual intercourse as this will eliminate the amount of bacteria present near the urethra. Avoid a diet high in sugar and starch as these foods can cause the bacteria to multiply in the vaginal area.