Urinary tract infections (UTI) have become common in the present times. Around 50% females and 1 in 20 males have it. In fact in females it keeps recurring. Most of us are aware about its symptoms, a burning sensation erupts when we are urinating, frequent urination and the urine becomes cloudy, bloody or emits a very nasty smell, causing discomfort in your genitals. When this infection becomes more severe and goes to the kidneys, it can cause vomiting, high fever and back pain.
At that time the situation becomes more grim, you need to see your doctor or be ready to see the health of your kidney gets deteriorated. It can spread from the bladder to the kidneys. Cystitis, is an infection that grows in the bladder, it is the most common kind of UTI. Bacteria do not reside usually in the urinary tract, but finding it to be a safe area it goes through this tract and multiply and cause infection.
Bacteria can enter from many other sides to enter the body, but it finds this area to be more fertile than the other parts. It can happen anytime with the females, while having sex, or while wiping the front to the back after urinating. Their urethra is too small making the journey of germs easy to reach the destination, the bladder.
An alteration in the immune system may make a person more prone to get infections. Hormonal changes are also responsible for it but the infections are more common, especially just before a menstrual period and during pregnancy. Age factor is also a cause and after menopause. Their tissues get thinner & drier during that span of time, enhancing the risk of getting more prone to get infections.
The females Also run the Risk during:
- Use spermicide jelly or a diaphragm for contraception.
- Have a new sexual partner, every now & then.
- Suffer from constipation.
- Had their first UTI at or before 15 years of age.
- Have a family history of repeated UTIs.
How to Get Diagnosis of Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Diagnosis is very simple. A urine test is done to know the cause of infection and treatment is done accordingly, usually a course of antibiotics is given. But if recurrent infections are happening, studies have shown that females are at a 20 % to 30% higher risk of experiencing a recurrence of infection within 3 to 4 months of the initial UTI.
- But don’t use the antibiotics in excess as ‘everything in excess is bad’, even they can cause an interruption in the gut flora health leading to inviting many more infections to strike, creating further complications.
- Gut flora is directly connected to our immune system, weakening it. This is where herbal power steps in because all herbs are a gift from nature.
- It is also known as uva ursi. In a double blind placebo in the study of 57 females who had recurrent UTIs, bearberry was seen as an effective remedy that suppressed any further infection. Bearberry plays the role of an antibacterial, urinary antiseptic, astringent and healer to the mucous membrane of the urinary tract. It also acts as a diuretic. It also soothes the irritation caused by pathogens and toxins that linger on the inner walls of the bladder.
- It’s ingredient arbutin stuns the bacterial growth and reduces inflammation, which causes bladder pain, urgency to urinate, and frequency of urination. Therefore, Uva Ursi herb can reduce UTI symptoms while the host’s defenses are taking care of the infection.
- Don’t use it continuously for more than a month at a single time. Arbutin passes through the bloodstream to the kidneys, where it shows the diuretic effect. This process makes you pee more, flushing out the toxins from the bladder and kidneys along with the urine.
- Chemicals present in dandelion leaves reduce the inflammation and swelling of the organs and enhance the production of more urine. Its root just focuses on liver and digestive health, but the leaves flush out the toxins by urine by increasing the frequency of urination.
- This herb soothes the mucous membrane and also has diuretic effect. It is rich in silica and many other minerals that solves all the problems related to urinary tract.
- The ancient home remedy to heal UTIs with cranberry juice has been withheld for its popularity for some good reason. Cranberry concentrate lowers the frequency of recurrent UTIs because it snubs pathogenic bacteria, like E. colifrom sticking to a surface along the urinary tract. The pioneer flavonoid that is held responsible for this antibacterial effect is proanthocyanidin-A.
How Proanthocyanidin Works
- A helps in controlling urine pH, releases discomfort associated with urination, and boosts the immune response by triggering macrophages to enhance wound healing and reduce inflammation. It also reduces the risk for asymptomatic bacteriuria which hides the presence of bacteria due to lack of symptoms later creating havoc in the kidneys.
How to Make
- Get 30 ml of cranberry juice, dilute it with 250ml of water and add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, stir it well. This dose is to be taken after every 2 hours till you knock off this infection.
5.Apple Cider Vinegar:
- Adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your glass of water is a simple method that can function to prevent and treat UTI. It contains a strong antimicrobial compound acetic acid. Acetic acid is one of the best natural disinfecting compounds that is effective against resistant bacteria and creates a favorable ambiance for healthy bacteria to get more stronger. It also strengthens the immune system after boosting your body’s detoxification paths.
- Juice parsley enhances the urine flow. Prepare a herbal tea with dandelion leaf, nettle leaf and burdock root to reduce inflammation and clean up the urinary system. Snack on raw celery for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and total anti-oxidant effects on the urinary tract. Add celery seeds to pickled veggies, dips, dressings and more to enhance urine flow.
- Add vitamin C in your diet by eating more of red or yellow bell peppers, cauliflowers, kale broccoli, spinach, chives, leeks and citrus fruits. On my recommendation better intake foods that are rich in vitamin C, every hour till you knock out UTI.
- All of them are herbal remedies that are bestowed by nature to diminish or at least reduce the UTI, but in the present times it becomes the duty of we humans to keep this inflammatory disease at an arm’s length.