In the last few years, holistic healing has become all the rage. You’re probably interested in it too and might not even know it. Think about it. I bet you’ve felt sick before and tried to think of ways you can “naturally” remedy the situation. You probably thought about the old (and sometimes bizarre) remedies your parents or grandparents used to tell you about…that actually worked. But did they ever mention any natural remedies for UTIs (urinary tract infections)? Probably not. Good news: we’ve got you covered.
7 Natural Remedies For UTIs
UTI’s suck. They burn, sting, and sometimes they even stink, which is why this topic is so important. Ain’t nobody got time for that. They’re responsible for over 10 million doctor visits per year and will affect at least half of us wonderful ladies in our lifetime. Plus, the bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics when you’re popping pills over and over again. What does that mean? It means that popping pills might not work when you actually NEED it to the future.
If you’re tired of taking antibiotics, here are 7 natural remedies for UTIs. Side note, scoot on over to the doctor if you’re unsure if a UTI is what’s actually paining you.
1. For The Love of Cranberries
If you feel a UTI coming on, grab some cranberry juice. But don’t grab the sweetened version. The sweetened, cocktail version of cranberry juice waters down the rich supply of vitamins and plant compounds found in cranberries. So, you’ll want to put it back on the shelf this time.
Cranberries have a plant compound that’s a mouthful to say called proanthocyanidins. This phytonutrient actually prevents E.coli from attaching to the lining of the bladder and urinary tract. If E. coli can’t attach itself, then it can’t get trapped in your bladder and cause all hell to break loose.
If unsweetened cranberry juice gives you too much of a pucker face, then try cranberry supplements. Or even add dried cranberries a to your salad. Voila!
2. Cut The Crap
The last thing you want to do is eat and drink bladder irritants when you have a UTI, so while you’re fighting the infection, you’ll want to get rid of a few items that tend to make bladders unhappy. Alcohol is a no-go and artificial sweeteners also get a thumbs down.
Other common bladder irritants include:
- Spicy foods, and
- Carbonated drinks
3. Just Peed? Pee Again
If you’ve ever had a UTI, then you know that it gives you that “gotta go, gotta go” feeling, sort of like overactive bladder, which is a total drag. But instead of trying to hold it in a little longer, go ahead and go. Every time you pee, even when it’s a little bit, you’re getting rid of some of that bacteria.
4. Drink MORE Water
Want to know one of the best ways to flush bacteria out of your urinary system? Drink water, and I mean lots of it. A lot of people subconsciously drink less water during UTIs because they don’t want to go to the bathroom more and it hurts when you pee. However, this is the best thing to do on the road to recovery.
5. Vitamin C Isn’t Just For Colds
Who said Vitamin C was just for combating colds? If you have a UTI, go ahead and pop one of those Vitamin C supplements.
Vitamin C is acidic, and guess what can’t thrive well in an acidic environment? Psst…E.coli.
6. Replace Bad Bacteria With Good Bacteria
When you think about probiotics, you probably think of gut health. But good bacteria are in various parts of your body…including your vagina.
When a UTI is running rampant, it’s because the bad bacteria has taken over the good bacteria. Fortunately, probiotics, the good bacteria, can save the day and prevent future UTIs. So grab a bottle of kombucha, try some probiotic yogurt, or purchase probiotics in supplement form to get on the road to healing.
7. Herbs, You Say?
This wouldn’t be an article about natural remedies for UTIs if we didn’t bring up herbs. For years, bearberry leaf has been used to treat lower UTIs, but it should only be used for 5 days or less. Another suggested herb is goldenseal, which is said to soothe inflammation of the urethral mucous membranes.
As always, you should consult with a doctor before using herbs to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with any medications you’re currently on.
What natural remedies for UTIs have you tried? Tell us about them in the comments. And, if you’ve got unexpected spritz and sprinkles alongside your urinary tract infection, Lily Bird has you covered with pads and underwear for leaky laughs and dribble dilemmas delivered right to your door. Start your trial today
By Jessica Thomas, MPH