If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you know how uncomfortable and painful they can be. And when you have a UTI, you don’t exactly want to wait for hours at the clinic or days to see your doctor before you can get relief.
- Cloudy urine
- Strong odor with urine
- Feeling tired
- Urine that appears bright pink, red, or cola-colored
- Pelvic pain (in women)
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Frequent urination (but in small amounts)
However, there are some excellent remedies that you can make at home to alleviate the symptoms and get rid of that UTI as quickly as possible.
1. Pure Water
This may not be the most profound remedy, but it is probably the easiest and quickest. Especially when you have urinary tract infection, it is important to flush out the bacteria through the processing of tinkling often. Keep drinking water to keep the plumbing healthy.
2. Celery Seeds
Celery seeds act as a potent diuretic. You can easily chew a handful of celery seeds to help flush your urinary tract. You may reap the most benefits by snacking on some celery seeds right after a meal.
Because cucumber has such a high water content, it is another excellent natural remedy to be included in the treatment of your UTI. Especially if you have a hard time making yourself drink enough water, cucumber is especially necessary for you to incorporate into your day.
4. Ginger Tea
Ginger is always a recommended ingredient when it comes to treating inflammation naturally. The prostaglandins can also address the pain signals that are being sent to your neurons, thus this ingredient may also be able to reduce pain and discomfort.
To make this tea, you can simmer some ginger root for about 15 minutes; after the time is up, strain and pour yourself a nice cup of ginger tea. If you don’t care for the taste, you can add some lemon to the tea for additional anti-inflammatory benefits.
Cranberry juice is often used to help “clear out” your body. Especially useful for treating UTIs, the acidic substances in cranberry juice help prevent the bacteria from clinging to the lining of the urethra, thus preventing and treating an infection in the urinary tract. Look for a juice that does not have added sugar and shoot for three 8-oz glasses every day while treating the urinary tract infection.
A compound found in horseradish (AITC) has a strong antimicrobial effect. This component literally kills bacteria by attacking the cellular membrane. The simplest recipe is this: grate fresh horseradish until you have about ½ teaspoon, and combine this with a full glass of water or milk. Try drinking this twice a day when suffering from a urinary tract infection.
Blueberries are related to cranberries and are beneficial for much the same reason. Blueberries can help prevent bacteria from attaching itself to the walls of the urinary tract, thus preventing UTI’s and helping to treat infections already occurring. All you need is 1-2 cups of fresh, washed blueberries every day.
To prevent UTIs in the first place, it is important to pee often and make sure your underthings are clean and dry (so no sitting in a wet bathing suit for hours). If you do contract a urinary tract infection, it is crucial to treat it right away.
These natural remedies are safe and effective in treating and preventing UTIs and may keep you from having to go to the doctor’s office altogether.