Infections in the urinary tract are more common in women than in men because the urethra is shorter in women. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection are burning when you urinate, frequency, cloudy urine, and feeling of a full bladder.
According to the WebMD website, it is possible to treat a urinary tract infection from home if it is detected early. But if you see that it does not improve you need to seek professional help to prevent damage to the kidneys.
Here we offer some home remedies to relieve the symptoms of urinary tract infections and to prevent them. But it is important to clarify that most of the time these home remedies work for mild or just beginning infections. When the urinary tract infection has developed it is best to seek medical attention. Urinary tract infections that are not treated properly can advance the kidneys and cause complications and damage.
Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections
1. Baking soda
At the first symptoms of infection in the urine prepare the following drink. In a glass with 125ml of water, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
2. Drink enough water.
Take two glasses of plain water and then drink the glass with baking soda.
The more water you drink, the more urine your bacteria will eliminate and the urine will be less irritating as it will be more dilute.
3. Extract of olive leaf and turmeric to combat urinary infection
I know a person who had recurrent urinary tract infections and had already been immune to several antibiotics. And the olive leaf extract with turmeric removed the infections. What happens is that in some cases the bacteria hides while the person takes the antibiotics and comes back out when they are over.
Another problem with E. coli bacteria (which is usually the cause of urinary tract infections) is that it creates a protective layer around it that protects it from the antibiotic.
It is believed that turmeric can destroy that protective layer and that the olive leaf extract kills the bacteria wherever it is aimed. The recommendation is 180mg of oleuropein divided into 3 doses during the day for 7 days and one teaspoon of turmeric powder for adults. For children 2 to 12 years old 40 mg of oleuropein divided into 3 doses during the day for 7 days and a half teaspoon of turmeric per day. Do not use in children younger than 2 years.
Important – By destroying the protective layer of the bacteria toxins accumulate in the body and liver and the person can become severely sick. It is recommended to start a medical treatment before starting this natural treatment to remove most of the bacteria and reduce the bacteria in the body. That way, the toxins that will be released are diminished.
4. Cranberry Juice (cranberry)
It is proven that taking cranberry juice prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract making it easier to remove them in the urine.
5. Coconut water and coconut oil
Coconut oil is a powerful antibacterial that can kill E. coli bacteria even when it has become resistant to antibiotics. On the other hand, coconut water is effective to eliminate impurities in the kidneys.
The way to use this remedy to eliminate a urinary infection is to ingest two tablespoons of virgin and unrefined coconut oil during the day. Also take one cup of coconut water on an empty stomach and another before bed.
6. Eat asparagus
Asparagus is prescribed as a purifier of the urinary tract and helps to cure urinary tract infections. Asparagus can change the odor of urine while consumed.
7. Garlic tea
Peel two cloves of garlic and crush them. Add them to a cup of warm water. Let sit for five minutes and drink. Repeat the treatment three times a day until symptoms disappear. If you do not notice improvement after two days, seek medical attention. Garlic kills bacteria that cause urinary tract infections. Properties and uses of garlic
8. Apple cider vinegar
This remedy was very useful to my mother, she suffers from cystitis. In half a gallon of water dilute two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and drink it for a little while throughout the day. More home remedies with apple cider vinegar
9. Onion broth
Break the onion into four pieces, boil it in half a liter of water in a stainless steel pot for about 20 minutes. Remove and let stand for 8 hours. Strain and drink the broth. The onion is diuretic so it will help to urinate more and eliminate bacteria.
Watermelon relieves urinary tract infections and cleanses and refreshes the kidneys. But by itself it does not eliminate infections once they have already developed. For people suffering from cystitis it is good to include watermelon as one of the measures to prevent infections.
11. Celery smoothie
In three liters of water, blend two celery stems with whole and leaves, two thick pineapple slices and one cup of chamomile tea.
Basil infusion to fight urinary tract infections
In a cup of boiling water, add 2 teaspoons of basil. Let stand for 10 minutes. Take it twice a day for two days.
D-mannose is a homeopathic remedy recommended by my homeopath. It is obtained in pharmacies and health food stores and takes a teaspoon dissolved in a glass of water or juice a day. It serves to prevent and fight urinary tract infections because it is a sugar that does not allow the bacteria that cause the infection to stick to the urinary tract.
I know a girl who had a lot of infections in the bladder and since she started taking the D-manosa, she has never had the infection again. It is important to clarify that the infection was first treated with antibiotics, you should never leave a urinary infection without medical treatment as it can damage the kidneys. Read more about Urinary tract infections common in children
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Natural juices to combat cystitis
The hero’s food to combat cystitis (bladder infection) is cranberry juice. This juice contains hippuric acid which destroys E. coli bacteria that causes cystitis. Another benefit of cranberry juice is that it covers the bacteria and does not let it stick to the urinary tract.
Cocktail to strengthen the health of the urinary tract
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 cup of papaya and melon
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of ginger juice
Put all the ingredients in a blender, add about 6 ice cubes and liquefy. It takes 5 cups during the day.
An easier recipe is to add 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice to a cup of water. He drinks twice a day.
Foods that are good for people suffering from urinary tract infections are watermelon and celery. Also adding garlic to soups is a good measure since garlic is an antibacterial. Other antimicrobial foods include passion fruit, papaya and pomegranate. Sugar should be avoided since the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections are fed with sugar.
Herbal teas relieving symptoms of cystitis
If you prefer herbal teas, the recommended ones are the gold seal tea or the comfrey tea.
Corn silk tea
A natural remedy for the very popular urinary tract infections of American Indians is the corn silk tea (those pellets that come between the elote and the leaves). Pour the corn flakes into 3 cups boiling water and leave for 5 minutes. It is drunk during the day.
Put a teaspoon of dried nettle leaves in a cup of water and boil for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. Nettle is diuretic so it will help eliminate more urine and bacteria.
Boldo tea is bought in stores already in sachets. Very effective to relieve cystitis.
Juice Fast for 3 Days to Relieve Cystitis
Two cups of juice diluted in water of melon, papaya and lemon. During the day the only thing that is consumed are 6 to 10 cups of this juice.
Put a teaspoon of parsley over a cup of boiling water and let it stand for 15 minutes. Strain it, sweeten it with honey and take several cups a day for two days.
Parsley is a natural diuretic and should always be consulted with a physician before using diuretics even if they are natural.