Natural Remedies for UTI
There are some recently discovered natural remedies for UTI that work incredibly well and give fast symptomatic relief from painful urination. Here are the best natural cures for a UTI in no particular order…
Urinary tract infections are rampant in westernized countries. But here’s a few surprizing facts that most people (including doctors) aren’t aware of…
Urinary tract infection (or UTI) is the second most common infection people receive each year after respiratory infection. The statistical figures in the U.S. are somewhere between 8-10 million Americans, most of which are women (women have shorter urethras, hence why they’re more prone). In fact, further statistics show that a urinary tract infection will actually affect half of all women at some point during their lifetime and results in more than 8 million visits to the doctor each year.
And the worst part is the statistics are still continuing to go up dramatically every year!
A UTI can Start out “Uncomfortable” but end up Brutal!
If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (which is highly likely and probably the reason why you’re here looking at natural remedies for UTI) you will definitely know the symptoms. It starts out with a frequent need to visit the ladies (or mens) room. But once there you find you can only squeeze out a piddle here and a piddle there. The worst part is of course the terrible burning sensation you get in your bladder or urethra.
That stings to high heaven!
You can also get aching or pain in your lower abdominal, along with having cloudy looking urine that smells like a dead cat! But these aren’t the least of your problems because a urinary tract infection can quickly spread to the kidneys and cause kidney damage. The infection can also make its way into the bloodstream and poison the blood.
Along with the symptoms already mentioned, if you have a kidney infection you will likely experience a fever, back pain, side pain and strong abdominal pain. To be on the safe side, if you happen to be at this level then we suggest you seek help from a natural health care professional right away.
What are the Most Common Treatments for UTI’s?
The biggest problem with a urinary tract infection is most people go straight to their doctor and are given antibiotics to treat it. Although this will help short term, long term it can turn out to be a disaster treatment!
Antibiotics should be your last resort when it comes to treating a urinary tract infection for two reasons. First off, antibiotics rarely kill the microbes that actually cause UTI (particularly Escherichia coli which is the bacteria responsible for 90% of all UTI cases), and secondly, antibiotics kill off the friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, which then allows the growth of bad bacteria. So further down the track you will probably end up with other problems (along with a painful reoccurrence of your urinary tract infection) such as chronic candida overload (thrush). This is a serious problem as candida fungus releases toxic candida buds that eventually find their way into the blood stream and poison the blood.
Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infection That Get Fast Results!
Natural remedies for UTI really do work a treat and should be your first method of choice. As with all natural treatments and home remedies though, you must be very diligent and consistent with them or you will not get the required results and will only end up wasting a lot money. On the up-side though, if you do follow the recommendations listed below to the letter, you will not only get rid of your urinary tract infection very quickly, you will get rid of it for good and never have to put up with another one again!
#1 Natural Remedies for UTI… Cranberry Compounds (Proanthocyanins and D-mannose):
Cranberries have been confirmed and used for well over a century as a proven natural cure for UTI. In fact, this is the standard home remedy and treatment you will find on virtually every natural health website. The reason they work so well is twofold. Firstly, they contain substances called proanthocyanins (condensed tannins), which help to stop UTI causing bacteria from clinging to the walls of the urinary tract. This allows the urine to wash away and flush out the bacteria.
The second reason why cranberries are such terrific natural remedies for UTI is they contain a powerful substance called D-mannose. D-mannose has been the subject of numerous articles and reports in recent years in regards to naturally treating urinary tract infections. One laboratory study published in the journal “PLoS One” back in 2008 showed that D-mannose was also able to stop the Escherichia bacteria from sticking to the cell walls of the bladder. So what basically happens here is the bacteria like the D-mannose more than the bladder walls so they swim over to it and cling on. You then pee them away… never to be seen again.
Best Ways to get Your D-mannose and Proanthocyanins…
Of course, to naturally treat and cure your UTI you can easily get your proanthocyanins (and D-mannose) from eating cranberries or drinking the juice. The down side is that you need to eat and drink a lot and they are excessively high in sugar. The better alternative is to take cranberry supplements. Studies have shown that the tablets are far more effective anyway!
You can also buy specific D-mannose supplements which contain high and concentrated amounts of the compound. These supplements are very fast acting. In fact, Dr Joseph Mercola says…
“D-mannose can help cure more than 90 percent of all UTI’s within 1 to 2 days”. 1
Because the D-mannose supplements do work so quickly you may only need to take them for a few days at best. However, some people opt to continue taking them at the lower dose indefinitely… just for insurance (which is highly recommended). According to D-mannose expert Dr. Jonathan Wright, an effective treatment and dose for an adult with a UTI is 3 to 5 times the single serving (1/2 tsp or 1 tablet) recommended by the manufacturer. He also recommends this dose be taken every 3 to 4 hours while awake until your UTI symptoms are completely gone, which usually takes about one to two days.
The great thing about taking both the cranberry and D-mannose supplements is they don’t harm your friendly bacteria, which as you are about to discover is absolutely crucial when it comes to naturally treating a UTI…
#2 Natural Remedies for UTI… Consume Probiotics and Fermented Foods.
There is a strong and definite link between low levels of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system and vagina, and the occurrence and reoccurrence of urinary tract infections in women…
A ten week study funded by the National Institutes of Health back in 2011 found that the women who took a probiotic supplement experienced a significantly lower reoccurrence of urinary tract infections compared to the ones who received a placebo. Professor of medicine at the University of Washington, Dr Ann Stapleton said…
“During a UTI, gut bacteria like E. coli take up residence in the vagina and displace good bacteria, called vaginal lactobacilli that normally live there. Women take antimicrobial medications to combat these infections and the medications wipe out all bacteria, both good and bad. But for some women, the bad bacteria grow back to cause a recurrent UTI. The probiotics help to restore the natural bacterial environment to make it hard for the bad bacteria to cause another infection”.
Dr Stapleton also went on to say in a news report…
“We know that if we look at people around time of [urinary tract infection] and right before that, these lactobacilli are gone from the vagina. That’s what suggests that replenishing them might stop a urinary tract infection from happening again.”
The only thing we would add here is men need to take probiotics just as much as women, not only because they’re potent natural remedies for UTI, but because they also help to prevent other candida causing health problems as well.
Best Sources of Probiotics to Naturally Treat and Cure UTI…
Because of the pathetic nature of the foods we eat today and our “overindulgent” lifestyle factors, every single person on the planet needs to take a high quality probiotic supplement every day. You also need to look at fermenting foods and eating and drinking them on a daily basis for an extra supply. This is something that was actually practiced regularly in the old days, but sadly today, it’s become a dying art.
And the thing is, it’s not even hard to do!
We recommend you click on this link for some terrific and easy ways to naturally ferment your food and drinks… Wellnessmama-probiotic-drinks.
In addition, for women with a UTI it’s also recommended that you use an intravaginal probiotic suppository (a small tampon like device inserted into the vagina) the same as what was used in the study above. Use this for the first two weeks as a natural remedy and cure for UTI to completely kill off all candida and promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the vagina. These suppositories can easily be bought online from places such as Amazon.com.
Oh and one last thing. Remember that you can never overdose on probiotics, so be sure to eat and drink as much of them as you can!
#3 Natural Remedies for UTI… Potassium Iodide (SSKI):
This natural cure for UTI is one of the best in my opinion. In fact, it doesn’t just work spectacularly well for UTI, it also works a treat on upset stomachs, gastro, food poisoning, and other horrible stomach bugs such as the dreaded “Bali belly” (if you’ve ever been to Bali you’ll know what I’m talking about). It’s a very powerful anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial agent. (Iodine is also alkalizing to the body). Because a UTI is primarily a bacterial infection, potassium iodide gets a hold of it and kills it… fast!
This is one supplement I always have in the house and we never go on holidays anywhere without it. Although I never get sick (I don’t, that’s the honest truth) I always have some on hand or close by just in case anyone else might need it.
It’s worth its weight in gold!
You can buy potassium iodide online or from most health food stores. Take the maximum amount recommend on the bottle, in either liquid, granule or capsule form, for one to two weeks. This is another one you can also purchase safely from Amazon… amazon.com
#4 Natural Remedies for UTI… Eat Plenty of Blueberries and Pineapple:
Blueberries are fantastic natural remedies for UTI. They contain the same bacteria-inhibiting properties as cranberries (they’re from the same family in fact). Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which has also been found to be a terrific natural cure for UTI. Both are rich in vitamin C, which is a natural and powerful antioxidant and immune builder. In addition to this, vitamin C helps to keep the bladder healthy and working correctly so be sure to also eat as much of these fruits as you can.
#5 Natural Remedies for UTI… Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV):
Baking soda is a very potent natural remedy for UTI. The soda neutralizes the acidity in your urine, which then speeds up the recovery process. The other big benefit of baking soda, according to sodium bicarbonate expert, Dr Marcus Sircus, is it detoxes and cleans the kidneys along with providing rapid healing of these organs. So if you have a urinary tract infection and its spread to your kidneys, you definitely need to get some baking soda into you straight away!
Apple cider vinegar is another home remedy and natural cure for UTI that you really need to strongly consider. It’s a very powerful health tonic and healing elixir, and is actually one of the best natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal remedies in existence! It also helps to recolonize the digestive system with friendly bacteria.
The “father” of medicine, Hippocrates, loved using apple cider vinegar and it was one of his all-time favourite natural treatments. The beauty of ACV is not only does it cure just about every ailment in existence, it’s dirt cheap to buy and lasts for months!
How to Take Your Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat and Cure UTI’s…
Baking soda can be bought from just about anywhere. Bob’s Best Baking Soda is very popular but most on the market are okay. To treat and cure urinary tract infections quickly either mix up one rounded teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of filtered water and drink once daily on an empty stomach or mix up half a teaspoon instead and drink twice daily on an empty stomach.
With the apple cider vinegar, make sure the brand you buy is organic and still contains the “mother” apple. Braggs ACV is probably the best on the market. So you mix up one to two tablespoons of ACV in a glass of filtered water and drink two to three times a day at least 20 minutes before food. If you find it too strong or bitter to drink then add a teaspoon of Manuka honey to sweeten. However, if you find you really can’t handle the taste, take the tablets or capsules instead.
In addition to these, you can also use the baking soda and ACV as a genital wash. Just add a tablespoon of both to a good sized bowl of water and use to wash and clean the genitals twice daily. This bathing not only helps to remedy and cure UTI’s, it is also very soothing as well.
How Long do You Take the Baking Soda and ACV for?
The baking soda should be taken for at least a week to naturally treat and cure your UTI. However, you may want to consider taking it for longer. Baking soda provides many positive health benefits; mainly because it alkalizes the body. Personally, I have a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a glass of water twice a week and have been doing this for many years. Like I said, I never get sick and the extra energy boost you get from taking the baking soda is fantastic (your body uses the bicarbonates from the baking soda for digestion rather than using up and wasting its own internal bicarbonates. This is what helps to give you the powerful energy boost). So I strongly recommend you do the same with this!
If you’re interested in reading more about the health benefits of baking soda, click on this link. It’s definitely worth the read… Dr Marcus Sircus on Sodium Bicarbonate.
Now, with the apple cider vinegar and how long you should take it for, this one is very simple… for the rest of your god given days!!
ACV is not like a prescription, you don’t just take it until the infection clears up. Yes, treating and curing your UTI now is important, but you also don’t want it returning again. Apple cider vinegar will stop this from happening, along with providing many other positive health benefits. Life extension specialist and ACV advocate, Paul Bragg, regularly used apple cider vinegar as a home remedy and drank it every day for most of his life and he was still healthy and very active well into his nineties!
#6 Natural Remedies for UTI… Olive Leaf Extract (OLE):
Olive leaf extract contains some powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents. It’s been found to be effective against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, one of the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections. This is particularly important for UTI sufferers as Pseudomonas aeruginosa has a low susceptibility to antibiotics. The main active ingredient in olive leaf extract, oleuropein, is also extremely effective at killing the Escherichia coli bacteria, the other infection causing culprit of UTI’s. Complete relief can be found in as little as 24 hours with the OLE and if you decide to stay on a maintenance dose (which we recommend you do), it’s highly unlikely that you will ever get another urinary tract infection again!
Now, when purchasing an OLE supplement, you will need to make sure the product you buy has an oleuropein content (the main ingredient you need for treating a UTI) of at least 20-25% (300 MG’s of pure oleuropein) or it will simply be ineffective. The truth is, most of the OLE supplements out there just don’t stack up. Some are very good but others (usually the cheaper varieties) are simply rubbish. This is why we only recommend Olivus OLE to our clients. This is the strongest olive leaf extract available and is far superior to any of the other brands on the market. You can view their website here if you’re interested… Olivus.com
#7 Natural Remedies for UTI… Uva Ursi:
Uva ursi is a herb that is regularly used by health professionals as a natural cure for UTI. The active ingredient in uva ursi is arbutin and this substance contains powerful antiseptic properties that clean the kidneys and urinary system. To use as one of your natural remedies for urinary tract infection, make up a tincture or tea containing uva ursi and drink at least once a day when you have a UTI occurrence. Continue until the infection clears up then discontinue as long term use of this herb is not recommended.
#8 Natural Remedies for UTI… Avoid Sugar:
Sugar is one of the worst culprits when it comes to urinary tract infections (and candida). You really must keep your sugar intake to a minimum if you want to prevent further UTI’s. This includes avoiding high sugar fruits and veggies such as watermelon, bananas, figs, grapes, guava, kumquats, lychees, mangos, pomegranates, beets, corn, parsnips, peas, potatoes in all forms and winter squashes (particularly acorn and butternut). All other fruits and vegetables are okay to be eaten.
As a further prevention and natural cure for UTI you must also cut out all refined and processed foods, along with all diet and “sugary” soft drinks and fruit drinks. These man-made “rubbish foods” are not fit for human consumption and all they will do is clog up your insides, including your digestive system and waste disposal system, along with virtually guaranteeing that you will get another UTI in the future!
#9 Natural Remedies for UTI… Drink Lots of Filtered Water:
Drinking water allows the body to flush bacteria out of the urinary system. Because you will be using such potent natural remedies for UTI’s – including the cranberry and D-mannose tablets – it’s even more important to make sure you drink plenty of filtered water everyday so these treatments can work effectively and clean you out properly.
You will already be drinking a good amount of water with the baking soda and apple cider vinegar but this is still not enough. Go for at least a litre per day on top of what you will already be drinking with the baking soda and ACV. I know peeing is painful at this stage so you might be tempted to drink less water not more, but don’t do this! Drinking lots of water will actually help you to get rid of your UTI symptoms, especially your pain, much more quickly.
#10 Natural Remedies for UTI… Some Final Do’s and Don’ts:
DO go to the toilet when you need to. Holding on is not a good idea. The problem is if you do hold your urge to urinate, you’re more likely to get a build-up of bacteria and end up with a UTI infection again.
DO go with the flow. After urinating, be sure to wipe from front to back to stop any bacteria from getting near the urethra. This helps to prevent further UTI’s in the future.
DON’T drink alcohol. Alcohol is a strong irritant to the bladder and will send you to the toilet unnecessarily.
DO cut out caffeine. Avoid caffeine-loaded soft drinks and chocolate, along with tea and coffee. Caffeine also irritates the bladder and interferes with the natural remedies for UTI’s listed.
DO wear cotton. Anything that comes into close contact with personal and private areas should be cotton. Women should wear cotton underwear or cotton-lined panty hose to stay dry and “breezy”. Men should go for boxer shorts.
DO clean your genital area prior to sexual intercourse. The last thing you want to do is allow a UTI infection back in. After you have sex, go to the bathroom and urinate to get rid of any bacteria.
DO take showers instead of baths and avoid hot tubs and Jacuzzis. You have less chance of developing a urinary tract infection from showering than from having a bath.
DO use white unscented and unbleached toilet paper. This prevents any potential dye and chemical reactions that many women have from the use of “fancy” toilet papers.
“Natural Remedies for UTI” Final Note…
So now you have all the information you need to not only cure a urinary tract infection, but prevent another one from occurring. Like we said earlier though, you must be diligent and consistent with your efforts when it comes to using (and utilizing) natural remedies for UTI or you’ll just end up wasting a lot of time and money with this. Or you might use these home remedies and easily get rid of your UTI, but then become slack further down the track only to see it return again. The reason we’re bringing this to your attention now is so you hopefully don’t fall into the trap!
In addition, because urinary tract infections and yeast infections are very closely related, we recommend you click on the link below and take the time to read our “natural remedies for yeast infection” article. If you’ve had UTI’s before then there’s a good chance you will have (or have had) yeast infections on top of this. So you might as well nip them in the bud completely while you’re here as well!
All the best and good luck.