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5 Easy Ways to Avoid Urinary Tract Infections
If you feel like you’ll never stop getting urinary tract infections (UTIs), you’ll be happy to know there are specific things you can do to prevent them. And that’s true even if they’ve been plaguing you for years.
Imagine how freeing it will feel to be done with the urgency… the burning… the sleepless nights.
No more being tied to the bathroom. No more skipping work or school because you constantly have to pee.
These five simple steps that you can do in the comfort of your own home can really help turn things around. You’ll be in control of your urinary tract health… so UTIs won’t be controlling you.
What Causes Urinary Tract Infections
UTIs take hold when infectious microbes – like bacteria or fungus – make their way into your urinary tract. One type of bacteria in particular – E. coli – causes up to 90% of all UTIs. It’s also responsible for at least 75% of recurring UTIs.
So chances are that if you keep getting UTIs, E. coli is involved.
Another possible UTI culprit: Candida albicans, a common fungal infection. Antibiotics can increase your risk of developing a Candida infection, and treating your UTI can actually cause another UTI! And because drug-resistant E. coli - which can cause recurrent UTIs – calls for a harsher and stronger combination of antibiotics that treatment could leave you struggling with a Candida-caused UTI in its place.
That means you could end up with a UTI problem that never fully goes away. And a lingering UTI can lead to other health problems.
The Dangers of Untreated Urinary Tract Infections
UTIs can be frustrating and uncomfortable, and that’s bad enough. But if they go untreated, UTIs can have severe health consequences.
Left unchecked, the infectious bacteria that caused your UTI can travel up your urethra, colonize in your bladder, and eventually travel to your kidneys.
In the worst case, you could develop a kidney infection… and those can turn deadly. Along with some seriously scary symptoms – like intense pain, high fever, and mental disorientation – these infections can cause permanent damage to your kidneys. That can lead to a condition called urosepsis, a type of immune response that can lead to organ failure or death.
That’s why it’s so important to get proper treatment for your UTI… and do whatever you can to avoid getting another one.
5 Simple Things You Can Do to Avoid UTIs
UTIs range from annoying to unbearable. And wherever you land on that scale, the last thing you want is to have to deal with another one. Luckily, there are 5 simple steps you can take to help substantially reduce your risk of getting a UTI.
1. Stay hydrated.
When you’re dealing with a UTI, it might seem like you should stop drinking liquid altogether. After all, you don’t want to have to use the bathroom even more. But that can actually make UTIs worse… and drinking plenty of healthy liquids can make things better. Your two best choices for keeping your urinary tract healthy: water and cranberry juice.
Plus, staying hydrated between UTIs can help you avoid them all together. That’s because water dilutes your urine and helps flush bacteria out of your urinary tract. A new 2020 study found that simply drinking more water can reduce your risk of a recurrent UTI by 47%.
2. Practice good hygiene.
UTIs start when bacteria enter your urethra – and good personal hygiene can help prevent that bacterial transfer. This is especially important for women, since women have very short urethras and that gives bacteria a quicker, easier route to travel.
Some proven UTI-preventive hygiene tips for women include:
- Wiping from front to back
- Showering instead of taking baths
- Using only unscented soaps and gentle cleansers in your vaginal area
- Wearing cotton underwear
3. Stick with a UTI-prevention diet.
Believe it or not, what you eat can affect your chances of getting a UTI – especially if you’re a woman. And while cranberries make the list, they’re not your only option.
Foods that may help ward off UTIs include:
In addition, research shows that following a vegetarian diet can reduce the risk of UTIs.
4. Take probiotics.
Beneficial bacteria – probiotics – help reduce the population of infectious bacteria like E. coli. They also crowd out Candida along with many other funguses. That’s why probiotics make a great ally in the war against recurrent UTIs.
By keeping your gut microbiome – the trillions of bacteria in your gut – in healthy balance, probiotics make sure your urinary system doesn't get overrun with harmful bacteria. (link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-13467-w)
And a recent clinical trial also found that pairing probiotics with cranberry extracts can effectively prevent recurring UTIs.
5. Rely on proven herbal remedies
For generations, healers have relied on nature to provide remedies for UTIs and strengthen urinary tract health. These three time-tested, natural solutions can help protect you against the bacteria and fungus that cause UTIs.
Drinking cranberry juice is good, but taking whole cranberry extract works even better. When you’re getting the whole cranberry, you get all the power contained in the juice, flesh, skin, and seeds… without the added sugar you’ll find in most cranberry beverages. And whole berry extracts work especially well if you’re plagued by recurring UTIs with unbearably frustrating symptoms.
The full cranberry also delivers more naturally occurring proanthocyanidins (PACs), bioactive compounds that help protect against the microbes that cause UTIs. The PACs prevent E. coli and other bacteria from attaching to your urinary tract. And when those infectious bacteria can’t get attached, they can’t cause UTIs. (Read more here)
What does that mean to you? Women who took 500 mg of whole cranberry extract every day for 6 months got 58% fewer UTIs during a clinical trial. And another clinical trial showed that women who took the same cranberry extract for just 90 days enjoyed a 36% decrease in UTIs caused by E. coli.
Black cumin seed
Black cumin seed isn’t as well known as cranberry when it comes to treating UTIs… but exciting research tells us that it should be. Black cumin seed contains thymoquinone (TQ), a powerful compound proven to fight infectious microbes – including the ones that cause nasty UTIs. (Read more here)
Packed with TQ, black cumin seed extract can significantly inhibit both E. coli and Candida albicans. That’s something most medications just can’t do: fight both bacteria and fungal infections at the same time. But that’s exactly what you’ll get with TQ-powered black cumin seed: protection against the two most stubborn causes of hard-to-treat UTIs.
Hibiscus delivers strong antibacterial and antifungal activity, and works effectively against E. coli and Candida albicans. And it can work wonders for women dealing with recurrent UTIs. One clinical study found that taking 200 mg of hibiscus every day reduced UTI recurrence by 77.6% in women who got more than 8 UTIs every year.
Support Your Urinary Health with UT123
UT123 is a fast-acting formula designed to help you maintain optimal urinary tract health. UT123 contains three proven, all-natural ingredients:
- 500 mg of whole cranberry extract
- 200 mg of hibiscus extract
- 100 mg of black cumin seed extract
This powerful trio works overtime to support your urinary health and comfort.
Take a proactive approach and take control of your urinary tract health with UT123.
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