Posted on: 7 February 2019
Women suffer from urinary tract infections far more often than men do. Do you know why? It is because the urinary tract in women is very short in length (less than two inches). Conversely, in men, the urinary tract is much longer. This means that the bacteria that causes UTIs in women has only a very short distance to travel before it begins to grow and cause an infection. If you suffer a lot from frequent UTIs and you are tired of visiting your doctor to get medication to treat the infections, here are some preventive measures.
Cranberry Juice and Blueberry Juice
If you like cranberry juice (or blueberry juice), then drink a lot of it. The acidity in these two juices elevates the acid PH of your urine, helping to kill some bacteria. These juices also make the urinary tract too slippery for bacteria to stick to, which means that the bacteria cannot grow and are flushed out of the body. Only drinking these two juices will provide these benefits. It is not enough to make a difference by eating dried, fresh, or canned blueberries and cranberries; it has to be the actual, 100% juice concentrate.
D-Mannose or Foods Containing It
D-Mannose is a complex carbon sugar found in fruits and vegetables, but if your diet is rather imbalanced you can take tablet supplements of D-Mannose. If you want to eat your D-Mannose, it is in most currants, cranberries, blueberries (see a trend here?), peaches, oranges, apples, and tomatoes. If you do not eat a lot of these fruits or vegetables, buy UTI prevention supplements for women from a health or natural health care store that sells concentrated D-Mannose tablets.
Although probiotics are typically recommended for intestinal issues, probiotics can help your urinary functioning as well. The probiotics can either be consumed in yogurt where the probiotics have been added to the yogurt, or as capsule supplements. Presumably, the probiotics do something similar to D-Mannose and cranberry and blueberry juices in that they all keep bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, thereby reducing bacteria present and prevent bacteria from growing. If you also have a problem with intestinal health and bowel movements, taking probiotics can address both of these problems with a single supplement. Ask your natural health care professional for help with these supplements or to get answers to all of your questions about UTI prevention.Share