8 Solutions for Urinary Tract Infections & How to Prevent Them

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Over 150 million people each year are affected by urinary tract infections or UTIs. It’s the most common type of bacterial infection worldwide. UTIs are typically associated with women but men, women and even children can be affected by UTIs. These types of bacterial infections are typically treated with a round of antibiotics. But research shows that antibiotics are ineffective at preventing UTIs and they have also become ineffective at treating UTIs in general. It is likely that if you’ve been infected with a UTI once, it will reoccur. So how do we treat and prevent UTIs without ineffective and dangerous antibiotics? 

What is a UTI?

First, let’s look at what a UTI is so that we can address the root issue. A urinary tract infection happens when the defenses fail and bacteria enter any part of the urinary system. The urinary system includes the bladder, kidneys, urethra, and ureters (a tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder). It is more likely for bacteria to enter the urinary tract when a person has a suppressed immune system, poor diet choices, poor cleaning habits especially in the case of children, sexual intercourse, or use of birth control. UTIs are also a common occurrence during pregnancy and menopause for some women.

Common symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Pain or burning when peeing
  • Cloudy urine
  • Changes in the amount of urine 
  • Strong urges to pee
  • Lower back and/or belly pain
  • Pelvic pain in women
  • Nausea, fever, and chills in children
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Discolored urine

8 natural solutions to prevent and treat UTIs

D-Mannose

Research shows that d-mannose is about as effective as an antibiotic for preventing the recurrence of UTIs. They work by stopping bacteria from infecting the urinary tract. Food sources of d-mannose include cranberries, apples, oranges, peaches, broccoli, and green beans. 

Cranberries

Cranberries are a great source of d-mannose. Aim for cranberry supplements or juice without additives or added sugars! 

Silver Serum

Livingood Daily Silver Serum uses a special formula to suspend colloidal silver in water. Colloidal silver is a super effective antimicrobial and antibacterial agent making it great for treating UTIs. You can take it orally or spray it on a feminine product. 

Cut down sugar and dairy

Diet always plays a role in any type of bacteria or virus affecting areas of the body. Sugar and dairy are major culprits in yeast and bacterial overgrowth. It may be worth working towards getting refined sugar and dairy out of your life to prevent UTIs from recurring.

Probiotics

The bacteria that travels and infects the bladder, kidneys, urethra, or ureters typically originates in the gut. Probiotics help rebuild the good bacteria in our gut and building up your good bacteria will help your gut’s defense against bad bacteria!

Pelvic floor exercises

Regularly doing pelvic floor exercises can help improve bladder and bowel control. It can also help by strengthening the muscles and walls in this area which can help to reduce occurrences of bacteria traveling to the urinary tract. Check out pelvic floor exercises in the challenge or Livingood Daily member’s area! 

Baths Epsom salt or baking soda

Sit and soak in an Epsom salt or baking soda bath in order to relieve symptoms of a UTI.

Oil of oregano + Monolaurin 

Livingood Daily Oregano Oil + Monolaurin is immune-boosting and a great defense against bacterial and viral infections. 

Summary

Urinary tract infections can greatly affect your quality of life, especially if they are reoccurring. Use the solutions above to gain control over your immune system and digestive tract in order to prevent and treat UTIs when they happen! 

Sources

Urinary Tract Infection: Pathogenesis and Outlook: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5159206/

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