6 Possible Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

· November 19, 2014
Urinary tract infections can be really annoying. In this article, we'll tell you about six possible home remedies that may help treat them.

Urinary tract infections are the second most common reason why people go to the doctor every year. Men can get urinary infections, but they are much more common in women. Over eight million women go see their doctor due to them every year. And 20 percent of these women will have a second infection.

The good news is that there are many possible home remedies for urinary tract infections. We tell you about six of them in this article.

Possible home remedies for urinary tract infections

1. Baking soda

Urinary infections that last more than two days will require medical intervention. Untreated urinary infections can infect your kidneys and will turn into a much more serious problem.

To help reduce your chances of developing a urinary tract infection or help treat it from the start, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. This may help relieve the infection. Baking soda may neutralize acid in your urine and thus accelerate recovery.

Read more here: How to Heal a Urinary Tract Infection Naturally

2. Whole cranberries

Cranberries.

Cranberries and blueberries are from the same plant family and appear to have the same properties that may inhibit bacteria. Cranberry juice may help reduce your chances of urinary infections.

3. Cranberry juice

Many studies have found that drinking cranberry juice can help reduce your chances of urinary tract infections. It seems as though cranberry juice may reduce the bacteria that causes the infection and it also has a very mild antibiotic effect.

Drink 4 ounces of cranberry juice a day to help keep your bladder free from infection. But if you tend to have urinary infections or have one right now, try to drink at least 2 or 4 glasses of cranberry juice a day.

4. Pineapple

Pineapple.

Bromelain is an enzyme that’s found in pineapples. In a study, people that had a urinary infection were given bromelain along with the usual round of antibiotics and this helped heal the infection. Eating a cup of pineapple will taste good and it may help eliminate your infection.

5. Vitamin C

Some doctors prescribe at least 5 g or more of vitamin C a day for patients that have recurring urinary tract infections. Vitamin C may help keep your bladder healthy by essentially acidifying urine because it may reduce the chances of potentially harmful bacteria entering.

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6. Water

Water.

If you tend to get urinary tract infections, be sure to drink a lot of water: around 8 glasses a day. You should urinate at least every four or five hours.

If you’re currently dealing with an infection, drink water to help fight it. Drink a total of 8 ounces of water every hour. This may help you eliminate bacteria.

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