What is a urinary tract infection? It’s a bacterial infection in some part of the urinary system – urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys.
When it comes to treating UTI, antibiotics aren’t the only solution. The alternative medicine has always been the better, safer, and more effective method for treating and preventing all kinds of diseases and health conditions, and UTI is not an exception.
With that idea, we will show you the best alternative medicine for treating and preventing UTI. Nevertheless, we recommend consulting your doctor before trying any home treatment.
Home Treatments for UTI
1. Drink More Water
This is one of the simplest, yet most effective home remedies for UTI. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) explains that drinking plenty of water will help eliminate the bacteria that has caused your infection, out of your system.
The naturopathic doctor Holly Lucille, ND, RN, recommends drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you are 160 pounds, it means you should try to get 80 ounces a day. However, be cautious if you suffer from kidney disease, and consult your doctor to determine the right amount of fluid you should consume daily.
2. Soothe UTI Pain with Heat
Irritation and inflammation from urinary tract infection cause pressure, burning, and pain around th pubic area. You can soothe the pain and discomfort from this condition by applying heating pad on the affected area, but not directly onto the skin as you may cause burns. Make sure the heat setting is low, and don’t use it for more than 15 minutes.
3. Kill Bacteria with Vitamin C
Johns Hopkins Medicine health library explains that higher content of vitamin C makes your urine more acidic, hindering the bacteria growth in your urinary tract. That’s why it’s important you consume large amounts of this vitamin, either through food sources such as orange, cantaloupe, kiwi, mango, pineapple, papaya, watermelon, strawberries, and all citric fruits, or take it as a supplement.
4. Stop Consuming Bladder Irritants
Some foods and beverages can further worsen your bladder irritation, thus impeding your body’s ability to heal. They include, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, spicy food, artificial sweeteners, and carbonated drinks. Therefore, if you want to hasten the healing process, avoid them, and focus on healthier options like high-fiber carbohydrates.
5. Empty Your Bladder Frequently
If you have UTI, make sure you visit the bathroom as often as possible. Even if you eliminate just a small amount of urine it would mean eliminating the bacteria that have caused your infection.
6. Herbal Remedies
The herb uvaursi (bearberry leaf) is usually recommended for treating lower UTI. However, if you use it more than 5 days, it might damage your liver. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Healthsuggests using the herb goldenseal as a safe and effective home remedy for UTI.
However, inform your doctor about using this or any other herbal remedy or medication, since sometimes side effects of drug interactions can be serious.
Via Everyday Health