If You Have a UTI, Don’t Eat These Foods
Because bacteria feed on sugar and thrive in acidic environments, you must avoid eating foods that have these characteristics to avoid or improve a urinary infection.
A UTI, or urinary tract infection, is primarily caused by bacteria. Furthermore, when you eat certain foods, you can actually worsen your condition. Would you like to know what these forbidden foods are? We list them in today’s article.
What foods should you avoid if you have a UTI?This condition is very common, especially in women who have a shorter urinary tract than men and an immune system that’s more susceptible to bacteria.
Common symptoms include burning or painful urination and the need to go to the bathroom more frequently. In more severe cases, you may have a fever or see blood in your urine.
Risk factors that increase your chances of getting these infections are varied:
- The use of certain antibiotics.
- Unprotected sex.
- Wiping with toilet paper from the back of the body to the front.
- Bacteria in the intestines.
- Waiting too long to urinate.
- Eating certain foods.
To reduce these symptoms or prevent urinary infections altogether, we recommend that you avoid or reduce your intake of:
Sugary foods (e.g. baked goods) “feed” the bacteria. This slows down the healing process in your urinary tract and can worsen the symptoms of the infection. Soft drinks, cookies, and sweets are also among those sugary foods you should avoid when you’re suffering from this disease.
CaffeineThis stimulant increases blood flow to the affected area. Aside from avoiding coffee, we also recommend that you don’t consume tea, sodas, or commercial juices because they contain substances with the same effects.
Choose water or natural fruit juices which are diuretic and help kill the infection. And don’t ever drink alcohol because it irritates the bladder!
While you might think that orange juice is good for urination and therefore helps rid your body of the bacteria, the truth is that citrus fruits (including grapefruits, limes, and pineapples) can irritate the urinary tract and may also inflame your bladder. This worsens the symptoms of a urinary tract infection.
Spicy foods and sausages
When you’re suffering from a UTI, avoid sausages, processed meats, and all things spicy, including curry, cumin, or chili seasoning.
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Just like with citrus fruits, these foods and spices irritate the bladder and increase the acid levels in your body, creating an ideal environment for bacteria growth.
Pasta, pizza, bread, and everything that’s made with white flour is bad for your health. And this isn’t just when you have a urinary tract infection, but all the time because your body converts them into sugar.
Avoid these foods when you’re suffering from the symptoms of a UTI and then cut back on them to avoid having another episode shortly after.
Steaks, hamburgers, and grilled meats are on the list of forbidden foods when you have a urinary tract infection. This is because they introduce a lot of acid to the body. This makes the bacteria reproduce.
Instead of red meats, eat white meats like fish or chicken.
Diet to alter the pH of your urine
Since by now you’re probably wondering what you should be eating when you have a urinary tract infection, we’re going to share a five-day diet that includes both acidic and alkaline foods.
This combination balances your body’s pH and eliminates disease-causing bacteria (not just in the bladder or urethra, but in other parts of the body).
The first two days, you should consume some acidic and some alkaline foods:
- Whole grains (oats, rice)
- Vegetable milk (oat, almond)
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Natural teas
On days three to five, only consume alkaline foods:
- Vegetables (especially potatoes, garlic, and onion)
- Fruits (except citrus fruits)
- Natural juices (cranberry, for example)
- Fat-free dairy products
- Olive oil
You can follow this meal plan when you have a urinary tract infection or even to prevent one. In that case, we recommend that you follow it strictly and don’t skip any meals.
During a urinary tract infection
A healthy and balanced diet isn’t all you need to accelerate the healing process for this type of infection.
While the recommendations below are designed for women (those who are most vulnerable to infection), men can also take note:
- Don’t use scented soaps to wash your intimate area.
- Keep the genital area clean.
- Thoroughly wipe your genital area after using the bathroom, from front to back.
- Avoid wearing tight pants.
- Wear cotton underwear.
- Change your underwear every day.
- Empty your bladder before and after sex.
- Drink plenty of fluids (two liters per day, minimum).
- Drink cranberry juice on an empty stomach.
- Avoid taking very hot baths.