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Why You Should Never Ignore a UTI (Plus Proven Ways to Support Your Urinary Health)

If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you know how annoying, frustrating, and painful they can be. 

But what you may not realize is that UTIs can be more than just bothersome... Without proper precaution, they can become extremely dangerous. And it’s more common than you might think.

The danger comes into play when the bacteria that cause UTIs don’t get killed quickly enough. That gives them a chance to multiply… and move. When that happens, the bacteria can spread from your bladder up to your kidneys…  and possibly to other organs. In the worst cases, the bacteria can infect your blood, leading to very problematic complications.

But you can avoid all of these potential problems by addressing UTIs properly. Or, even better, you can take steps to avoid getting UTIs all together by supporting your urinary tract health every day. 


You Can’t Ignore a UTI

UTI symptoms are rarely subtle. Typically, it starts with the frustratingly frequent, super sudden and strong urges to pee that may be joined by: (link: 

  • A burning sensation when you pee
  • Feeling like you still have to go when you just did
  • Feeling like your bladder won’t empty out all the way
  • Urine that looks cloudy or bloody
  • Urine that smells funky
  • Abdominal pain or pressure

If you have any of those symptoms, you’ll want to seek treatment right away. And not just because you can’t stand the feeling of having to urinate all the time… you also want to avoid complications.

But sometimes, even if you see your doctor… get antibiotics… and follow your prescription to the letter, the bacteria that caused your UTI may not be killed off completely….


woman feeling sick

Drug-Resistant UTIs Are on the Rise

Infectious bacteria that are resistant to drugs have become more and more common – and that includes the bacteria that cause UTIs. So what does that mean to you? It’s been shown that most of the antibiotics normally used to treat UTIs won’t cure them. 

When the antibiotics don’t work effectively, your infection may persist allowing the bacteria to grow and multiply. That gives them a chance to start traveling.

And when the bacteria that caused your UTI spread, they can infect your kidneys, potentially causing kidney failure… or worse.


When UTIs Attack

Your kidneys have a critical job: filtering waste, toxins, and infectious bacteria out of your blood. They send all the bad stuff out with your urine, then return pure clean blood to your circulation. 

But when UTI bacteria travel to your kidneys, the bacteria can infect them. And when you have a kidney infection, these critical organs can’t work as effectively.

Kidney infections have many symptoms in common with UTIs, but you’ll be able to tell the difference. If your UTI moves into your kidneys, you’ll also experience:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain in your lower back or side

Severe infections can cause scarring on your kidneys, which can lead to chronic kidney disease or possibly kidney failure. Even worse: scarred, damaged kidneys can’t effectively filter your blood.


Why UTIs Are Bad News For Your Kidneys

When your kidneys can’t properly clean your blood, the blood that returns to circulation could contain toxins and infectious bacteria. And when those bacteria flood your system, your body overreacts with an extreme response, causing symptoms such as:

  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Abnormal heart function
  • Confusion
  • Fever
  • Terrible pain

This condition is known as urosepsis, meaning sepsis that started as a UTI. If it’s not treated quickly, you could end up suffering from dangerously low blood pressure, tissue damage, or multiple organ failure… or worse...

Unfortunately, this happens much more often than you’d expect…

*Note: Anyone experiencing symptoms of urosepsis should call 911 or get to a hospital immediately.

With those kinds of odds, your best bet is making sure that your UTI never gets that far. Or that you don’t get a painful, frustrating UTI in the first place.



3 Ways to Support and Protect Your Urinary Health

For thousands of years, long before the first pharmaceutical antibiotics, people treated UTIs with natural remedies made from plants. Though the medical community has long understood the effectiveness of these UTI-fighting plants, antibiotics have become the go-to treatment for these types of bacterial infections. 

Sometimes, antibiotics work well… Until they don’t. It’s known that the longer and more often antibiotics are used, the less effective they can become.

That’s why nature has a huge edge over chemicals cooked up in a lab…

While bacteria can learn to resist antibiotic drugs, they can’t do the same with natural bacteria fighters like plants. That’s because plants contain thousands of compounds, while drugs contain no more than a few – and often only one.

Plus, the compounds in drugs never change, which gives bacteria a chance to get used to them. But plants change all the time – especially in response to new threats, like drug-resistant bacteria – so they’re always a step ahead. 

That’s why UTI bacteria can’t develop resistance to plants… because they never know what they’ll be facing next.

So to stay ahead of UTIs, you can count on the same plants that people have been turning to for generations. 

Here’s what you need to know about 3 time-tested plants that protect your urinary tract against even antibiotic-resistant bacteria:

1. Cranberry

There’s a reason that cranberry is the go-to natural solution for UTIs: These tart berries contain dozens of plant compounds, including some proven to kill the bacteria that cause UTIs. But to get the full range of benefits, you need the whole berry… not just the juice. You want the juice, skin, flesh, and seeds on your side. 

Whole cranberries contain high levels of natural compounds called PACs. And these PACs make sure that infectious bacteria can’t stick to the cells in your urinary tract and infect them.

2. Black Cumin Seed

Though not quite as well known for UTIs as cranberries, black cumin seed contains a powerful antibacterial compound known as TQ (thymoquinone). The power of TQ gives black cumin seed extract the ability to address E. coli, the bacteria that causes more than 90% of UTIs.

Additionally, black cumin seed also works against Candida albicans, a fungus that can be equally problemsome for urinary health. (Addressing fungus is something no antibiotic drug can do!) 

3. Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a gorgeous flowering plant that takes a tough stand against UTIs. Along with strong anti-bacterial powers, hibiscus also delivers anti-fungal and acidic properties that thwart UTIs. Like whole cranberry and black cumin seed, hibiscus has been proven effective against both bacteria and fungus.

Hibiscus – specifically Ellirose™ hibiscus extract – is an absolute phenomenon at resolving occasional urinary tract irritation. 

A remarkable clinical trial found that Ellirose™ brought unprecedented relief to women who experienced intermittent urinary tract challenges. According to the study, taking just 200 mg of Ellirose™ daily helped reduce their recurrence of urinary discomfort. 


Take a Proactive Approach to Urinary Tract Health with UT123

Keep your urinary tract healthy with UT123, a fast-acting formula that contains 

  • 500 mg of whole cranberry extract 
  • 100 mg of black cumin seed extract
  • 200 mg of hibiscus extract

Packed with the power of plants, UT123 is designed to keep your urinary tract healthy and comfortable so you can feel confident and in control.

Give your urinary tract the gift of UT123 today.

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