UTI aka urinary tract infection can be a nuisance, especially when it affects your daily life. When it comes to preventive options, and popping pills don’t seem to make much of a difference, you should definitely consider turning to diet therapy. Here are a few dietary tips to keep in mind and get you started with your UTI prevention plan.
Tips To Prevent UTI
Studies show that bacteria that cause the urinary tract infection are more comfortable breeding in stagnant water. Just like the urine in your bladder if you do not visit the washroom when you feel the need to. This kind of routine is more likely to cause a UTI. Rehydration on the other hand, flushes out the bacteria, making it impossible for them to breed. Drink 7-8 glasses of water a day to facilitate the flushing out of those pesky bacteria that thrive in your bladder.
Sip Your Juice
Cranberry juice forms a part of the treatment of those suffering from UTI. But who says it can’t prevent UTI? Cranberry works by stopping the bacteria from adhering to the surface of the bladder and breeding, making you less susceptible to developing a UTI.
Cranberry is also known to stop the formation of kidney stones and kill the UTI bacteria. More reasons for you to include it in your meal.
An inflamed and weak urinary system makes an excellent environment for the UTI bacteria to thrive. Stop them from multiplying by switching to herbal teas. Mint and ginger are known for their digestive relief. But adding them to your tea also cools the urinary tract and reduces the inflammation and the toxin accumulation.
Load Up On Vitamin C
Bacteria that cause UTI cannot thrive in acidic environments. And this is where you can use your weapon-Vitamin C. Vitamin C creates an acidic environment in the bladder which causes the environment in the bladder inhospitable to the bacteria. Don’t worry about the excess of Vitamin c. It is a water soluble vitamin and if present in excess, it will just flush out of your body through urine, which is exactly what you want.
This means you should include more Vitamin C rich foods like lemons, oranges, Indian gooseberry in your diet. Include lemon in your salad dressings and gulp down a glass of orange juice for breakfast.
Say No To Processed Foods
Processed foods are basically bladder irritants. Processed meats, colas, fizzy drinks, alcohol, caffeine, spicy street foods may seem mouthwatering, but the truth is, they are dangerous for your health. Carbonated drinks and caffeine play an enormous role in irritating the bladder, making you more susceptible to a UTI.
You are what you eat. And there’s a reason behind this saying. What you eat has an enormous impact on your health, and this is why, many people follow the diet treatments rather than the conventional medicine.
Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet is a wise option. Include more of organic fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, pineapples, lemons, oranges, grapes, cabbage, carrots, cucumber etc.
Following these tips and living a healthy lifestyle will show speedy effects in your recovery and definitely help you stay away from a UTI.
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