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Do Natural UTI Remedies Work?

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· Alternative Remedy,UTIs,Treatment

People for years have sought alternative remedies for illnesses as a way improve health and avoid doctor visits and pills. Understandably, they worry about the side effects of the medications that their doctors may prescribe them.

What are some commonly tried “natural remedies” for UTIs? Read below to find out, and to learn if any are actually effective.

Cranberries and Cranberry Juice for UTIs

People commonly cite cranberries as a natural UTI remedy. Even companies like Ocean Spray have been marketing cranberries as a way to treat or prevent UTIs. However, a 2016 study by Dr. Manisha Juthani-Mehta at Yale School of Medicine found that there was no decrease in UTIs among older women in nursing homes who took cranberry capsules daily. The capsule dosage held the equivalent of approximately 20 ounces of cranberry juice.

In addition, we commonly consume cranberries through sugary cranberry juices that have very little cranberry content and a lot of sugar. The sugar in cranberry juices like Ocean Spray actually aggravates the urinary tract and does little to prevent or treat UTIs. Instead, the sugars act as something that E. coli, the bacteria present in UTIs, can latch onto.

Other Fruit Juices for UTIs

While cranberry juice is often cited as the number one natural remedy for UTIs , people have also proposed using other fruit juices, namely citrus fruit juices, pineapple juice, and even coconut water to combat UTIs. Citrus fruit juices contain antioxidants, pineapple juice has an enzyme named bromelain that helps fight infections and inflammation, and the fatty acids in coconut water aid in developing good bacteria that keep the urinary tract healthy.

The issue with these juices is that they contain very small quantities of these antioxidants, enzymes, and bacteria. Most importantly, the sugar content of all of these juices is quite high. E. coli latch onto sugar molecules and such high concentrations of sugar can aggravate the urinary tract.

Additionally, the acidity of many of these of drinks can actually worsen symptoms of interstitial cystitis, which is a form of chronic bladder pain that presents symptoms that are very similar to those of UTIs and is worsened by the consumption of acidic foods and drinks.

Baking Soda for UTIs

Some people claim that baking soda helps to treat UTIs by neutralizing acid in urine. That way, your body can attack the bacteria in the urinary tract on its own. Other proponents of baking soda say that it can even detoxify your kidneys to prevent the UTI from spreading across the entire urinary tract. People consume baking soda for this purpose by putting about half a teaspoon of baking soda in water and drinking it on an empty stomach.

This has not been cited as a particularly effective treatment. In fact, it has been deemed rather dangerous. Ingesting high quantities of baking soda has led to a number of side effects, namely excessive bleeding.

D-mannose for UTIs

D-mannose is a type of sugar that is found, in small quantities, in a number of fruits and vegetables, such as broccoli, cranberries, oranges, and apples. Some believe that it helps to prevent and treat UTIs because it prevents E. coli, the bacteria found in the urinary tract when a UTI is present, from latching onto the urinary tract. People take D-mannose in either capsule or powder form because D-mannose is not found in significant quantities in produce.

Some studies have found that D-mannose may be effective in preventing and treating UTIs. For instance, the Department of Medical Biochemistry at the Zabok General Hospital in Zabok, Croatia ran a 2014 study during which it gave D-mannose powder to women with recurrent UTIs. It found that D-mannose significantly reduced the risk of a recurrent UTI, but only as much as the antibacterial drug Nitrofurantoin. They concluded that they would need to run more studies to quantify the effectiveness of D-mannose.

While D-mannose pills have supposed healing and preventative properties, there are different dosages for preventing and treating UTIs. Someone who does not know whether they have a UTI or not may not take the correct dosage.

Pixie Smart Pads for UTIs

Pixie Smart Pads are a more effective alternative to these natural remedies. While these natural remedies may or may not alleviate your symptoms, they certainly won’t tell you whether you actually have a UTI or not. With Pixie Smart Pads, however, you can monitor your or your loved one’s risk for UTIs. What is more, Pixie is a non-invasive monitoring system that lets you know if you have a UTI before symptoms even appear. By letting you know that you have a UTI, you can treat it with safer remedies, such as increased water intake and rest.

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