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Natural Remedies To Treat And Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Natural Remedies To Treat And Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most prevalent bacterial diseases worldwide, and are especially common in women (it is estimated to affect more than one in every two women at some point in their lifetime!) Majority of UTI cases are caused by the overgrowth of E. Coli bacteria, however they can also be caused by other bacteria, and infections are often recurring. In many cases, UTIs will need to be treated with antibiotics, however there are also natural remedies that can help to prevent and treat mild UTIs!


D-mannose is a monosaccharide, a type of sugar, that occurs naturally in your body and is found in fruits and berries such as peaches and black currants. D-mannose can help prevent UTIs by blocking E. Coli from attaching to the cells in the urinary tract (we call this competitive inhibition!) Studies have shown that D-mannose is effective in reducing the risk of recurrent UTIs, and when compared with antibiotic treatments, studies have found that D-mannose supplementation could be beneficial in treating UTIs. Therefore D-mannose supplementation is a promising alternative or complementary therapy for recurring UTIs! It is also super convenient to take as it can be taken in the form of a capsule.


Studies have shown that cranberry supplementation is safe and effective in preventing recurring UTIs. Cranberries contain a compound called proanthocyanidins, which have antiadhesive properties that can prevent urinary tract infections by preventing E. Coli from attaching to the lining of the urethra and bladder. This can decrease the occurrence and severity of UTIs! Other phenolic metabolites, such as flavonoids and phenolic acids, may also be responsible for the preventive actions of cranberries. And that's not all, cranberries are a source of D-mannose as well, so you technically get a 2 in 1 deal! Cranberries can be taken in the form of juice - but if you are unable to find fresh cranberry juice, or you just don’t like the taste of it, it can also be taken in the form of a tablet.


Other remedies such as probiotics, Vitamin C and vitamin D supplementation have been investigated, however the evidence is not as strong to support its effectiveness as with D-mannose and cranberries. 

It should also be noted that in addition to all these remedies to help treat and prevent UTIs, it is also key to maintain adequate hygiene to prevent overgrowth of bacteria. Dehydration is also linked to UTIs, as it increases the adherence and colonisation of bacteria within the urinary tract - so don't forget to drink enough water!

The bottom line is that you can take alternative remedies if you feel it is necessary, but if not, just stick to normal hygiene practices and make sure you stay hydrated!

Have you tried any of these remedies?
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