Diet Plan You Should Follow if You Suffer From Upper UTI

As you may be aware, an upper urinary tract infection will settle in the nephrons, or working units of the kidneys.  Aside from doing serious damage to the nephrons, you may find that the kidneys will also have a harder time removing toxins from the blood.  As a result, you may be well served by making use of a kidney friendly diet while you have an infection in these organs.

In the article “12 Products You Should Avoid If You Are Suffering From Symptoms Of Uti” we have already discussed harmful action of some widespread habits related to diet and hygiene. Today we’ll talk about those foods, that should be excluded if you have to deal with upper UTI.

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Fast food is harmful for your kidneys

Avoid Meat, Processed Foods, Excessive Protein and Carbohydrates

When it comes to dietary causes of kidney damage, few people realize that excessive meat consumption also tends to overload the kidneys. Aside from problems associated with excess protein, all of the chemicals found in meat inevitably must be removed by the kidneys.  In addition, even if you are not diabetic, excess sugar in the bloodstream can also do damage to the nephrons.  If you are trying to get over an upper urinary tract infection, the kidneys will be taxed enough between the impact of the antibiotics and the infection itself.

Many people today still believe that meat and dairy are necessary for a healthy diet.   While vegan body builders and larger numbers of people are disproving this fact, there is still a good bit of uneducated resistance to this type of diet.  On the other hand, when it comes to the evolution of super bugs and coming into contact with them, even the NIH agrees that the use of antibiotics on meat and commercial dairy farms can reduce antibiotic effectiveness in human patients. As may be expected, if you are already infected with one type of bacteria, it will not be of any help to contract something even more dangerous. In fact, if you have an urinary tract infection that is fairly resistant to most antibiotics, it may even have come from contaminated meat or dairy products.

The Importance of Good Hydration

Even if you do not have a kidney infection, poor hydration tends to create a situation where the bladder has fewer chances to flush out toxins and bacteria.  During an infection process, this situation will get even worse.  In fact, according to a study published by the British Journal of Urology, decreased voiding of urine leads to a significant increase in bacterial growth.   While more frequent urination will not completely rid the system of bacteria, at least it will reduce the load and enable faster recovery.

If your doctor tells you that you have a kidney infection, it is important to realize that it can rapidly turn into a life threatening situation.  Unfortunately, as antibiotic resistant bacteria become more prevalent, kidney infections will become harder to treat.  At the very least, if you find out that you have a upper urinary tract infection, you can make use of a kidney friendly diet in order to reduce the impact as much as possible.

Horrigan, Leo, Environmental Health Perspectives
O’Grady, F, MD, Kinetics of Urinary Tract Infection, British Journal of Urology, Vol 38, Issue 2.
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