If you’ve ever had to deal with urinary tract infections (UTIs), you may be extra worried about the holiday season. After all, how can you comfortably travel or enjoy holiday parties when you need to pee every 15 minutes?
It might feel impossible to manage… but it’s not. You can take proactive steps to transform the frustration and discomfort into a more enjoyable, less stressful holiday season.
Watch Out For These Holiday Urinary Health Triggers
You’re excited about the holidays, but also worried that you’ll get stuck with a UTI. It’s smart to be concerned, because, interesting as it sounds, your risk of developing a UTI increases during the holiday season.
That’s because normal UTI triggers get intensified at this time of year:
- Eating more sugar and carbs
- Drinking more alcohol and caffeine
- Drinking less water
- Feeling more stress (holiday, seasonal, etc)
- Increased intimate moments
- Reduced access to bathrooms (especially while traveling)
- Skipping your normal routine
Any of those could make you more susceptible to a whole host of health challenges, especially UTIs.
But just because you're more prone to problems during the holidays, UTIs aren’t inevitable. In fact, UTIs are very avoidable if you take proactive measures to support your urinary tract health and well-being.
But before we get to the action steps you can take, let’s review what urinary health red flags you need to watch out for...
How UTIs Can Ruin Your Holidays
When you’re plagued by a UTI, it feels like you have to pee all the time. This is part of what makes them so disruptive – Venturing too far from the bathroom feels like too great a risk. That's why many people choose instead to stick close to home and hope your UTI goes away.
Of course, if you’re traveling for the holidays this year, staying put isn't an option. And whether you're in transit to your in-laws or get dragged to a family or company party, it's zero fun having to duck out constantly – or wait in a bathroom line.
With a short but frustrating and painful list of symptoms, UTIs can seriously disrupt every aspect of your life, including your ability to enjoy the holidays. Here are the major hallmarks of a Urinary Tract Infection:
- An almost constant urge to urinate
- Being able to urinate only tiny amounts, sometimes just drops at a time
- A burning sensation when you do urinate
- Odd-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain
Any of those symptoms can turn your holidays into a stress-fest, especially if you have to be away from home for even a short amount of time. But fortunately, you have some proven options at your disposal that can help you take back control and support your best urinary health...
Why You Might Turn to Self-Care
The pandemic made everything harder, and that includes going to the doctor when it doesn’t feel like an emergency. So millions of UTI sufferers relied on self-treatment to get through. And in some cases, self-care works, especially when it comes to prevention.
After all, if you’re a UTI veteran, you can tell when one’s coming on. And you probably take immediate steps – like drinking tons of cranberry juice – to head it off.
But the pandemic isn’t the only reason many people – especially women – don’t like going to the doctor when they have a UTI. Studies show that before consulting their doctors for a UTI, nearly 50% of women try self-management of symptoms:
- 32% increase their fluid intake
- 47% rely on cranberry juice
- 29% take vitamin C
- 34% search the web for self-care options
And new research shows that women with recurring UTIs feel hopeless and frustrated by the prevention and treatment options their doctors offer. According to the studies, many women feel that their doctors were "just throwing antibiotics at them” without listening to their concerns and without offering non-medicinal alternatives.
So it’s no wonder that so many people seek out reliable, natural alternatives to deal with urinary health concerns. And as it turns out, there are more than a few natural alternatives that are backed by solid science.
Three Natural Options You Can Rely On
There's never a good time for urinary tract challenges, but as we've seen, they can be especially troublesome while you’re traveling for the holidays. That's why, the best way to avoid UT health hurdles is to proactively and safely protect your urinary system with time-tested options straight from Mother Nature herself.
This probably won’t come as a surprise… Cranberry works effectively to keep your urinary tract healthy. Here’s what you may not know, though: Using the whole cranberry fruit works considerably better than the juice alone. That’s because the full cranberry (skin, seeds, etc) contains higher levels of protective compounds called proanthocyanidins, or PACs.
Cranberry PACs make sure that the bacteria that causes UTIs can’t hang around in the cells in your urinary tract (where they absolutely don't belong). When bacteria can’t stick, they can’t cause problems.
Researchers have put the whole cranberry to the test, and have come to some very promising conclusions. They found that taking a daily dose of just 500 mg of full-spectrum cranberry extract for six months reduced UT challenges by as much as 58%.
Traditional medicine practitioners have relied on hibiscus to relieve urinary tract issues for generations. The beautiful flower has strong acidic and anti-UT-bad-guy properties, both of which discourage urinary problems from taking hold.
One clinical trial showed that hibiscus 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.
3. Black Cumin Seed
Also known as Nigella sativa, black cumin seed has been used as a staple of traditional medicine for hundreds of years. Its main power comes from a unique compound known as TQ (thymoquinone). More than 400 studies have been published documenting the heal-promoting properties of this amazing compound. (link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387230/) That includes research demonstrating that black cumin seed extracts can stop the main culprits involved in UT challenges so they never get a chance to take hold.
So, if holiday UT health is on your radar, you now have three science-backed reasons to expect less bathroom frustration and more good cheer. Even better, when you combine the all-natural power players above, you're gifting your urinary system a proactive strategy for ongoing health and confidence, this season and beyond.
Have a Healthy and Happy Holidays with UT123
Let's face it – we live in a busy world, and it can sometimes feel like an uphill battle giving our body all the things it needs to stay on track. Anything that can make your life a little easier and more comfortable should be considered a welcome addition to your health arsenal.
UT123 from Just Thrive is a blend of three powerful, all-natural ingredients in one easy-to-take capsule that drives your best UT health. UT123 helps support a healthy urinary tract by serving up:
- 500 mg of whole-fruit cranberry extract
- 200 mg of hibiscus extract
- 100 mg of black cumin seed extract
And when you’re feeling confident and in control of your urinary health, you can better enjoy your time with friends and loved ones. Here's to having a worry-free holiday and taking great care of your urinary tract with UT123.