How to Cure a Urinary Tract Infection Properly?

Even though a UTI is caused by bacteria that can be killed off by antibiotics, there is no such thing as a UTI cure. Unfortunately, if you do not follow appropriate sanitary measures during and after a UTI, or come into contact with more bacteria, you will wind up with another urinary tract infection.  While you cannot cure UTIs, there are still many things you can do to avoid them, as well as get over them a bit faster.

Reducing the Risk of UTIs With Dietary Measures

It is very important to realize that all of the bacteria that cause UTI require glucose or some other type of sugar to grow.  Since excess glucose gets passed through the kidneys and into the urine, excess carbohydrates in your diet may lead to an increased risk of UTIs.  Some people seem to think that consuming starchy foods will not have an impact on the amount of glucose excreted in the urine. Since the digestion process breaks starch down into sugar, you should still monitor total carbohydrate intake.

In general, you should always be careful about the quality of fruit juices that you consume, as well a frozen ices.  If you ask people that suffer from UTIs, you may even find that many people cannot consume certain brand name juices without developing an infection.  While this information may not necessarily lead to a UTI cure, at least avoiding certain foods can help you avoid getting infected on a more frequent basis.

Cranberry juice and uti

Cranberry is considered one of the most efficient uti home solutions

Some Things to Know About Cranberry Juice

Chances are, you have heard that cranberry juice is considered a first line of defense against recurring UTIs.  While one study by the National Institute of Health contradicts this position, a study was also conducted by Lynn Stothers, MD at the University of British Columbia.  Stothers conducted a study that involved 120 women that were either given cranberry juice, placebos, or cranberry pills.  Results indicated that women who normally experienced recurring UTIs usually got an average of 3 UTIs per year.  On the other hand, when these women consumed cranberry juice or pills, the number of UTIs fell to less than one per person.  By contrast, the study conducted by the National Institute of Health also showed a reduction in UTIs, but they concluded that it was not significant when compared to the placebo group.

There is no question that UTIs can be as painful as they are annoying.  This is just one of many reasons why many people are anxious to find ways to avoid recurring infections.  Even though there may not be a UTI cure in the near future, you can still try drinking cranberry juice and reducing the amount of sugar in your diet in order to prevent them as much as possible.

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