Suffering From UTI? 5 Easy Ways to Relieve The Symptoms
If you’re someone who has a constant urge to urinate or experiences a burning sensation every time you do so, chances are that you have an infection in the bladder or urethra, most commonly referred to as a urinary tract infection(UTI).
Women are more prone to getting UTIs owing to a shorter urethra, which is essentially the tube that leads urine from the bladder out of the body. Due to it, bacteria can more easily enter women’s bodies than it can in men through their anatomy. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, women are 30 times more likely to get a UTI than men and more than half of women will have at least one UTI in their lifetime. In this blog, let’s look at some of the easy ways to lower the risk of contracting UTIs. We shall also talk about a supplement by Wellbeing Nutrition that will help you prevent and relieve the symptoms if you happen to get the infection.
However, before we get into the ways of preventing or treating it, let’s look at the most common symptoms of the infection.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections
Some of the most common symptoms of urinary tract infections include:
Experiencing a resolute and almost unassailable urge to pass urine
Experiencing a burning sensation while urinating
Persistently urinating in small amounts
Cloudy appearance of urine
Red/pink-coloured urine, almost resembling blood in excretion.
Urine with a strong odour
Experiencing pain in the lower pelvic region, including the pubic-bone area.
Easy Ways To Relieve Urinary Tract Infections
Some of the risk factors involving urinary tract infections involve a weakened immune system, a urinary tract blockage such as an enlarged prostate or kidney stones, a urinary tract surgery, the use of a catheter, or other urinary tract malfunctions. Most cases of UTI are caused due to bacterial and fungal infections. While there are antibiotics that can treat or cure these infections, here are a few natural ways in which one can try relieving the symptoms of urinary tract infections.
1. Keep Yourself Hydrated Always
When you ask yourself, ‘how to treat UTIs?’, drinking lots of water is often something that everyone recommends. One of the best ways to relieve symptoms of a urinary tract infection is indeed drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water. Drinking water aids in diluting the urine and ensuring the toxins and bacteria causing the possible infection are flushed out of the body. As per the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, drinking close to eight glasses of water (of nearly 8-ounce) is required to clear the bacteria out of the urinary tract. It’s highly recommended to keep drinking water little by little throughout the day. You can also up your fluid intake by drinking buttermilk, decaffeinated herbal teas, unsweetened juices, or fruit and vegetable smoothies.
2. Consuming more Vitamin C-rich foods
An essential antioxidant and immunity booster, vitamin C, aids in improving immune function. This nutrient usually contributes to the formation of nitrogen oxide by reacting with nitrates in the urine. This nitrogen oxide is useful in killing the infection-causing bacteria. The nitrogen oxide helps in lowering the pH level of the urine, making it less likely for the bacteria to thrive in the body. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), females aged above 19 must consume not less than 75 milligrams (mg) every day, while men need around 90 mg per day. Those who smoke must consume 35 mg more of the essential vitamin every day. You can consume organic vitamin C and zinc effervescent tablets by Wellbeing Nutrition every day. Simply let a tablet dissolve in a glass of water and drink it up. It is 100% organic and contains no sugar, additives, preservatives, soy, gluten, or other allergens, and makes for a healthier alternative to sugary drinks that keep you hydrated all the time.
3. Consume probiotics
We all know that probiotics are live strains of bacteria that promote the growth and population of good bacteria, which are already present in the digestive system. While we know them to generally help improve or restore the gut flora, they also play an instrumental role in protecting one from getting a UTI.
Typically, strains of Lactobacilli have been linked with reducing the instances and frequencies of UTIs. While one can consume cultured dairy and fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, or yogurt, it’s best to include probiotic supplements in one’s routine, preferably the ones with prebiotics as well. Supplements that contain, both probiotics and prebiotics (food for the live bacteria) are called synbiotics and some of these supplements offered by Wellbeing Nutrition that you can try are Probiotics + Prebiotics effervescent tablets, Healthy Gut Melts, and Slow Gut Health capsules.
4. Drink Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
You must have often seen people drink cranberry juice during instances of urinary tract infections. Well, it is indeed an effective remedy for UTIs. Cranberry juice is a rich source of antioxidants, including polyphenols, which are known for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. According to 2012 research published in the Clinics (Sao Paulo) Journal, cranberry juice contains essential compounds that have the potential to prevent and reduce the risk of Escherichia coli bacteria from entering the system and attaching themselves to the urinary tract. You can go in for low-sugar cranberry juices or supplements or just eat the antioxidant-rich fruit as is.
5. Maintain Proper Hygiene
Good hygiene practices can go a long way in preventing and reducing the risk of urinary tract infections. Make sure to wipe yourself front to back after urinating. Additionally, avoid feminine hygiene products that contain a lot of fragrance as that can affect the pH balance and cause yeast infections. Wear loose-fitted undergarments as sweat can cause bacterial and fungal infections. Make sure you change immediately after a workout as staying in sweaty clothes can increase your chances of contracting bacterial infections and even delay recovery from the same. Furthermore, ensure you pass urine before and after sexual intercourse to prevent UTIs.
Before we get into what must be consumed to prevent or reduce the duration of UTIs, let’s look at what to avoid consuming when one has the infection. It is advisable to avoid bladder-triggering foods when one has UTI, and this could include acidic foods, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol, to name a few. These foods are notorious for irritating the bladder and causing frequent bladder leaks. These foods should be particularly avoided if you are currently suffering from a urinary tract infection. So ensure you watch out for these common bladder irritants to avoid and prevent further bladder irritation and worse even, UTIs.
Meanwhile, consuming a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants is ideal to prevent or reduce the risk of UTIs and other bacterial infections. However, it is not always possible to do so given our hectic schedules and on-the-go lifestyle habits. That is why it is always advisable to make supplements a part of our daily lives. And what better than to include Wellbeing Nutrition’s 100% organic products. The brand is all set to introduce a new variant of Melts-oral thin strips- UTI Relief Melts that will take care of frequent bouts of UTIs.
Wellbeing Nutrition’s UTI Relief Melts
Known as UTI Relief Melts, Wellbeing Nutrition’s new variant of Melts for urinary tract infections has been formulated with organic cranberry extract, green tea, chamomile & blueberry extracts that aid in cleansing the urinary tract & reducing impurities in the system.
Unlike antibiotics that have the potential to resist and pose a challenge in treating urinary tract infections, UTI relief melts provide natural & potent antioxidants from chamomile, which is a gentle diuretic & blueberry extract with the highest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score that helps reduce inflammation and the development of resistance in treating bladder-related issues.
The Epigallocatechin (EGC) in Green tea & Proanthocyanidins (PACs) from Cranberry extract prevents a bacteria called UPEC (Uro Pathogenic E.Coli), which is responsible for 80-90% of urinary tract infections from attaching to the mucosal lining of the urinary tract and causing painful infections. In a delicious cranberry flavour, these UTI Melts are vegan certified and Non-Gmo verified. They are also soy, gluten & gelatin-free, and 100% plant-based. Make these strips a part of your daily routine. Place one melts™ strip on the tongue & allow it to dissolve. Take one strip at any time, twice a day daily.Have it consistently to start seeing changes. So now say goodbye to UTI-related discomforts like itching, burning, and frequent urination and hello to a healthy urinary tract. If someone asks you, how to treat UTIs, tell them with the help of Wellbeing Nutrition’s UTI Relief Melts.
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