Urinary Tract Infection is one of the common health problems which both men and women get affected by, though women are more prone to these infections. UTI occurs when bacteria reach your bladder through the urethra. In extreme cases, the bacteria reach the kidney which can put you in some serious situations.

However, UTIs are not something to be scared of. If proper care is taken along with some precautions, one can easily prevent getting affected by UTIs. Also, several urinary tract infection home remedies can be tried in the initial phases to get relief.

Let us first discuss the causes of urinary tract infections. There can be several reasons for the occurrence of UTI some are typical for women. Some common causes are:

  • Holding on to urine for long hours
  • Not urinating after having intercourse
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Diabetes
  • Having a catheter

Irrespective of the cause of getting a UTI, the result is the same painful suffering. Some of the symptoms of UTI include the following.

  • Extreme pain while urinating
  • Change in the color of urine
  • Passing small quantities of urine several times
  • Foul smell in urine
  • Nausea
  • Frequent urge for urination
  • Abdominal pain, fever, vomiting in extreme cases

While antibiotics are prescribed as a cure for UTI, UTI treatment at home can also go far in easing the issue.
According to Kidney Health Australia, a non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the health of people, women are at a repeated risk of being affected by UTIs. One of the primary reasons of this is the fact that the urethra in women is much shorter than that of men. It makes it simple for the microscopic organisms to attack, as they have to travel a lesser distance to reach the bladder.

Thus, having antibiotics every time one is affected by UTI is not a great solution. Too much of antibiotics adversely affect our gut flora health that constitutes two-thirds of our body’s immune system. It brings to the discussion on UTI treatment at home.

Before discussing the urinary tract infection home remedies, we would like to point out the three most important properties to look for in the herbs that can be used to cure these bacterial infections.

Diuretic Properties

Diuretics are mainly used for increasing the amount of sodium released by the kidneys in urine. With increased sodium, the amount of water also excreted is increased. In this particular case, with increased release of water, there will be an increase in urine. This, in turn, will help flush out the bacteria and bring some relief.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

When the lining of the urethra gets inflamed, it creates associated pain. The severe discomfort one feels, every time one is trying to pee can be cured with substances having anti-inflammatory properties.

Antispasmodic Properties

Often, a spasm is caused in the bladder when one is infected with UTI. So an anti-spasmodic helps in relieving the cramps or spasms caused by these bacterial infections.

Top 10 Urinary Tract Infection Home Remedies Are As Follows.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV Remedy for Urinary Tract Infection

Apple cider vinegar contains a high amount of potassium, enzymes and other minerals that prevent the UTI-causing bacteria from growing and multiplying. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink this mixture twice a day for 10 days. Lemon juice and honey can also be added to this mixture to enhance the taste.

2. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is a rich source of vitamin C that inhibits bacterial growth. In a cup of water, mix a teaspoon of Indian gooseberry powder and turmeric powder each. Boil it till the solution becomes half of the original volume. Drink this 3 times a day for 5 consecutive days.

3. Cranberry Juice

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Cranberry contains certain compounds such as proanthocyanidins that do not allow the bacteria to reach the walls of our urethra and cause UTIs. Also, it has a mild effect of antibiotics. Drink 3-4 glasses of cranberry juice daily for a few days to prevent the infection from damaging the kidneys. Do not add sugar or artificial sweetener to the juice. However, people who had kidney stones earlier should not take this drink.

 

 

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda is alkaline in nature. So, taking baking soda will help in neutralizing or reducing the acidity of the urine. Baking soda will reduce the pain which one feels while urinating. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it – do this for at least a week. Having this mixture on an empty stomach, early in the morning yields the best results. Caution is for those who have a restricted intake of salt since baking soda has a high content of sodium in it.

5. Pineapples

Bromelain (an enzyme having anti-inflammatory properties) contained in pineapples can help reduce the symptoms of UTIs. One cup of freshly cut pineapple pieces on a daily basis can go a long way in preventing UTIs.

6. Blueberries

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Blueberries are also from the genus Vaccinium as cranberries and help in warding off the bacteria that try to attach themselves to our urinary tract. However, blueberry juice is found mixed with other juices. So, the best way to have them is to eat them raw. It’s a fantastic add-on to any breakfast.

 

7. Water

You might not find this as an extraordinary remedy. However, drinking large amounts of water at the start of the infection can help you bounce back quickly. Begin with drinking no less than 8 glasses of water daily and slowly add few more glasses to the routine.

8. Celery Seeds

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One of the main constituents of celery seeds is butylphthalide which has diuretic properties. Thus, chewing these seeds twice after meals will not only produce more urine but will also aid digestion.

Cucumbers – Cucumbers have a high content of water. Thus, having a cucumber daily will help in getting extra fluid in our systems, easing your discomfort while urinating.

9. Ginger Tea

The chemical components of the ginger block the process of prostaglandin synthesis that creates the tiny messengers called prostaglandins. These agents communicate several biological processes such as transmitting pain signals, inflammation etc. Thus, having ginger tea daily will not only reduce the pain but the current inflammation as well.