It’s 12 AM and you can’t sleep. You are visiting the washroom every few minutes, faster than a candy-addict to the candy store. You try to urinate but two of the possible things happen: you feel a burning sensation during and after urinating, and you feel like you haven’t urinated completely, as if there’s some retention. Well, these can and usually lead to only one common conclusion – UTI. UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection. When bacteria get into the urinary tract of our body, they cause an infection which is often characterized by a “prickly” feeling throughout the tract and even all the way to the kidneys if not treated correctly and on time. Although this is more common in women, males suffer from it too.
Here Is A List Of Possible Home Remedies For This Pesky And Unpleasant Problem:
One of the most common remedies for UTI is water. Be it the doctor or your grandmother, the most resounding recommendation to literally “Piss your bacteria away” is with the help of copious amounts of water. Add a bit of lemon juice or lemon peel to change the taste if you find the regular taste mundane. The extra water will make you want to urinate more often which is, although initially painful, very useful.
Another popular remedy for UTI is Cranberry juice, however, you may want to take it with a grain of salt (no puns intended). There has been much debate in the medical realms about this being an effective remedy. What you need to know is that one theory states that it removes the bacteria sticking to the bladder walls, thereby, curbing the infection in the early stages. It should also be noted that the least sweetened variety of cranberry juice is most preferred since sugar makes infections heal slower.
The most preferred variant of probiotics. These contain “good bacteria” which can help fight the “bad bacteria” within our system to prevent and help cure internal infections like UTI. If a healthy habit of regularly consuming yogurt is instilled, a lot of diseases can be kept at bay with minimal effort or consequence.
A good dosage of Vitamin C helps improve the immune system of a body in addition to helping in fighting infections. Although this can, sort of, be a double-edged sword. While the presence of citric acid can fight bacteria, it may also make urination more painful by increasing the acidity of the urine.
To counter any kind of acidity in the urine, Sodium Bicarbonate or common baking soda can be added to a glass of water. Sodium Bicarbonate being a base will bring down the acidity and help in passing urine with more ease.
If drinking water is too tedious or too forgetful a task, then eating cucumber may initiate similar effects. Due to high water content in cucumbers, they serve the same purpose as water by supplying you with the much-required fluids. Enjoying a cucumber a day can go a long way to help curb the infection, even as a snack.
Parsley is a diuretic (increases the passing of urine) agent which can help relieve the symptoms of a UTI by making you urinate more frequently. It can be enjoyed by adding it to water or boiling it to make tea out of it, or even in iced tea.