Sometimes, the way to get rid of urinary tract infections is taking an antibiotic. However, that is not the only way. Sometimes, home remedies for UTI might be safer, and better option than popping a pill.
The best thing about home remedies for UTI is that they do not require a prescription, and you probably have all the ingredients for the treatment at home. There are always concerns with home remedies as well, and you have to be cautious not to overdo it, but in general, home remedies are the better option than traditional medicine. With the rise of alternative medicine, not only for infections and diseases but sometimes even for surgery, home remedies have become part of our daily life.
Here are several home remedies for UTI that can help with your infections.
The first thing you need to do when you have urinary tract infection is to up your water consumption. Drinking water helps flush out toxins, bacteria and everything else that may cause your urinary tract infection.
To get a sense how much water you should be drinking, measure your body weight. You need to drink half of your body weight in ounces, but not more than 80 ounces per day. Sometimes, however, you must check with your physician how much water is safe for you.
Get Your Vitamin C
Foods rich in vitamin C can help with urinary tract infections. The vitamin makes the urine more acidic, which prevents bacteria from growing in your urinary tract.
When faced with an active urinary tract infection, you can up your vitamin intake even with vitamin C supplements.
Celery seeds are great diuretic, helping not only with urinary tract infections but with better digestion altogether. Chewing some seeds once per day can increase the production of urine.
You can even use celery seed water for boosting your fluid consumption. If seeds are your thing, just chew some celery seeds after your meals to improve digestion and prevent urinary tract infections.
Urinary tract infections always come along with inflammation and irritation. The result is burning, pressure and pain around your pubic area, all of which can be solved with some heat compress. Make sure the heat compress is not too hot, and never apply it directly on your skin. A warm moist compress with low heat is the way to go. Simply press it against your pubic area. You can use a towel to avoid burning.
For years, cranberry juice and cranberry itself have been recommended as home remedies for UTI. Cranberry is an effective alternative treatment for a bladder infection, and it works as a charm.
Cranberry juice also prevents recurring infections, which is a double win for you.
You know that miraculous substance that can cure almost anything? Yes, we are talking about baking soda. An alkaline substance, baking soda can neutralize or lessen the acidity of your urine, which in the end, eliminates or cures urinary tract infections.
All you need is one teaspoon of baking soda and 8 ounces of fresh water. Simply stir the baking soda until it dissolves in water, and then drink it. Start your day by drinking a glass of water with baking soda. Important note: do not do the treatment for more than one week.
Cucumbers are an extremely healthy vegetable, and when it comes to urinary tract infections, the biggest benefit is that cucumbers up your fluid intake.
Since cucumbers are made mostly of water, consuming cucumbers on a daily basis is a great way to get extra fluid through your system. And the more fluids you consume, the more you empty your bladder and flush out toxins.
Urinary tract infections are in fact inflammation in the bladder area. Ginger is one of the most potent ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties, and no list of home remedies for UTI would be finished without ginger.
Drink one or two cups of ginger tea per day to reduce inflammation, prevent and treat urinary tract infections.
Cranberries are not the only berries that can help with urinary tract infections. Blueberries affect the bacteria that are trying to attach to the urinary tract, which means they stop infections before even happening. Unlike cranberry, blueberry juice is not as common (over the counter blueberry juices do not count).
Therefore, the best way to get more blueberry is by consuming them whole, and for that, you can prepare a number of smoothies.
There are a number of herbs that can be used to treat urinary tract infections. Among them, the best is bearberry leaf and goldenseal.
However, when considering herbal remedies, make sure to use them only for a short period of time: five days maximum. Prolonged usage of herbal remedies can damage the liver.
Parsley water is easy to prepare and can be a refreshing drink for any period of the day. Parsley acts as a diuretic, helping your body produce more urine and flushing more bacteria and toxins. To prepare parsley water, you need one cup of fresh parsley and two cups of fresh water. Boil the water, and then add the parsley.
Reduce the heat, and let the leaves infuse the water for approximately 10 minutes. After ten minutes, strain the leaves out, and drink the hot water. You can prepare a larger amount, and store it in the fridge. Drink later as parsley ice tea.
Horseradish is part of the cabbage family, a vegetable known for the spice spread that comes from the white roots of the plant. Horseradish contains a powerful antimicrobial compound, called allyl isothiocyanate. Unlike cranberries and blueberries that inhibit the reproduction of bacteria, the compound in horseradish kills bacteria outright. For this home remedy, you will need half a teaspoon of fresh horseradish and a glass of water or milk.
With a grater, grate the root of the horseradish. You can take one teaspoon twice per day. If the horseradish is too much for your stomach to handle, drink a glass of water or milk after consuming horseradish.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There is no limit to the things apple cider vinegar can do for your health and household. Treating urinary tract infections is another area where ACV comes to the rescue. With its richness in potassium and enzymes, ACV is one of the most potent home remedies for UTI.
ACV stops bacteria from growing and reproduction and can be used orally. Simply add two tablespoons of ACV to a glass of water and drink two times per day. If you cannot withstand the taste of the ACV with water, you can sweeten the drink by adding raw honey or lemon juice.
Tea Tree Oil
There are three ways you can use tea tree oil for urinary tract infections. The first, and simplest one is to add 5 to 10 drops in your bath water and wash the urethra opening. The second way is to mix tea tree oil with sandalwood and juniper oil in equal amounts, and then rub the mixture on your abdominal region.
Do not forget the area near the bladder! Last, but not least, you can mix two teaspoons of yogurt and several drops tea tree oil. Add the mixture to warm bath water, and soak it in for 10 minutes. Repeat once per day for one week.
Pineapple is one of the most underrated anti-inflammatory foods. The fruit is rich in Bromelain, an enzyme that can reduce and prevent UTI symptoms.
A cup of pineapple on a regular basis, like two times per week, is more than enough to prevent urinary tract infections from happening altogether. However, make sure to use fresh pineapple since the canned version usually comes with preservatives.
Sometimes, simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in preventing you from diseases and infections. Here are some preventions tips so you won’t need home remedies for UTI.
- Quit smoking
- Avoid drinks that may irritate your bladders such as alcohol, soft drinks with citrus juices, and coffee
- Use fragrance-free hygiene products for your personal hygiene
- Wear loose cotton underwear to allow air flow
- Avoid spicy foods
- Wipe yourself clean from front and back
- Go to the bathroom often and make sure to empty your bladder. Frequent urinating helps you get rid of the bacteria that are causing your infection. Do not hold your bladder for more than one hour.