So, with it being Valentine’s Day, I could be all sappy and tell you all about how my husband and I met. I could tell you how his first words to me were, “I’m going to marry you one day.” And I could tell you about how I had him friend zoned for years before finally giving him a chance. But I’m not.
There are so many more important things in this world than a naked baby flying around shooting arrows at people. Sorry, not sorry.
Instead, I decided that I HAVE to share some home remedies I have recently discovered for a UTI (urinary tract infection). Not what you expected? Well, you can click away now.
With my condition, hydronephrosis, comes frequent, intense, and severe bladder infections.
Unfortunately, doctors visits, antibiotics, etc. cost more money than I can afford to spend every two months. So I took it upon myself to pick the minds of some natural mamas and do my own research to see if I could kick this infection in the dust.
Disclaimer (before I get too far into this): I am not a licensed physician, nutritionist, or anything of the sort. Always consult your doctor before trying anything that can effect your health.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “a urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system- your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.”
The symptoms, although not always present, include:
- Strong urge to urinate
- Burning while urinating
- Passing frequent, but small amounts of urine
- Urine that appears to be cloudy or has traces of blood
- Strong smelling urine
- Pelvic pain
One major risk factor, that I unfortunately have, is any type of blockage in the urinary tract. Due to the fact that I have a stone stuck in my ureter, my urine is backed up in my kidneys, causing recurrent infections.
Being a Stay-at-home mom to three young kids, I don’t have the time or money to go to the doctor every two weeks for the same issue. I have an appointment coming up, so I figured if these natural home remedies didn’t work, I could fall back on the doctor.
Cranberry juice is typically meant as only a preventative measure. It is FULL of nutritional properties, and contains proanthocyanidins, which are anti clinging properties that prevent bacteria from binding to the walls of the urinary tract and multiplying further.
Sugar feeds bacteria, so it is recommended that you find an organic brand with no sugar added.
I found the brand pictured above at my local Walmart. It is STRONG and tart, but it seems to be helping.
This is a little tid-bit that I picked up from my urologist back in high school. Apparently, if you boost your uric acid levels, it can essentially clean your urinary tract and attack the infection! Makes sense to me. Again, be sure to find a brand with as little added sugar as possible so as not to feed the infection.
My personal preference is Simply Lemonade. Although the sugar level is still pretty high, it was much lower than other commercial brands. You could always do lemon water, but I am a self-declared wuss when it comes to flavors and had to have that little bit of sugar.
Dating back to the nineteenth century, garlic has been used as a natural antibiotic and antibacterial. It has been proven effective against many bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
I said it before, but just to be clear, do not try this without first consulting a doctor.
However, me being me, I had to give it a try.
Cooked and aged garlic do not have the same antibiotic properties as fresh raw garlic.
I have been cutting one clove into small, easy to swallow, pill-like pieces twice a day. Make sure that if you do try this, that you have some food on your stomach before hand or it may upset your digestive tract.
Anti inflammatory Smoothie
When an infection is present, it tends to cause some inflammation in the affected area. Typically, this is where the majority of your pain will come from.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” —– Hippocrates
There are so many foods that can be used to aid inflammation, so I decided to put as many of them into a smoothie that I had in my house. I did add a few off-the-wall ingredients to try and cut through the tartness of the cranberry juice, but ultimately, it was pineapple that did the trick!
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 lb chopped pineapple
- 1 5.6 oz container of Strawberry soy yogurt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
While Green Tea is good for inflammation, caffeine is NOT recommended during a UTI because of irritation and the effect it has on bacteria. Of course, I wasn’t paying attention when I bought this, because I didn’t buy the caffeine free version. BUT there are good, caffeine free, green tea options!
THE most important thing you can do during a UTI is to up your water intake. It will not only keep you hydrated, but will also help you to flush out your urinary tract (and hopefully take some infection with it!).
I hope that these tips are helpful! If you have any tips of your own to help ease the symptoms of a UTI, leave a comment below!