Home Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

Women are eight times more likely than men to get urinary tract infections, mainly because female anatomy makes it easier for fecal bacteria to reach the urinary tract. Lower UTIs, the most common type, develop in the bladder and cause abdominal pain, pelvic pressure, or burning urination. Upper UTIs, in which the infection has spread to the kidneys, are more serious and harder to treat; symptoms include back pain, fever, and nausea. Menopausal and postmenopausal women are at higher risk because they have lower levels of estrogen – the hormone that triggers production of protective antimicrobial proteins in the bladder.


1} Fluids

Staying hydrated keeps fluid moving through your system, which flushes bacteria out of the urinary tract and body. Any liquid is better than none, but it’s best to avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks, which may promote UTIs. Start with an extra glass of water with each meal and drink more if urine looks darker than pale yellow.

2} Hygiene

Wipe from front to back (or wipe front and back separately) after using the bathroom. This prevents UTI-causing microbes from being moved into the urethra. Also, urinate soon after intercourse to help wash away any bacteria that may have been transported into the urinary tract during sex.

3} Cranberry Juice or Supplements

Research on cranberry’s effectiveness is mixed, but it’s worth a try if you’re prone to UTIs. Cranberry contains proanthocyanidins, compounds thought to prevent bacteria from adhering to urinary tract walls. Drink 8 oz of pure, unsweetened juice a day; if it’s too sour for you, try a supplement.

4} Vitamin C

Vitamin C inhibits the growth of bacteria in the urinary tract since it makes urine more acidic. Liposomal vitamin C is a powerful and highly-bioavailable form designed to absorb quickly into your bloodstream and cells.


1} Probiotics

For women with a history of UTIs, one study found taking probiotics can help prevent repeat infections. Look for a product that contains lactobacillus bacteria, a strain that’s been shown to support a healthy genitourinary tract. This probiotic is potent and excellent (capsule form and powder form). Or try products that naturally contain probiotics like yogurt and kefir (look for “live and active cultures” on the label).


Another preventive measure for recurrent infections is supplements of D-mannose, a simple sugar found naturally in the body. Studies have shown that D-mannose supplements can keep UTIs from coming back, likely by preventing bacteria from sticking to urinary tract walls. Consider taking D-mannose daily for 6 months for prolonged protection.

Preventing UTIs is not always possible, but incorporating these ideas and remedies can minimize the risk of them occurring. It's always a plus when you can avoid taking antibiotics!

Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods


Reference: Prevention.com

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