Urinary tract infection (UTI) or cystitis is a very common disease. Almost 80% of women will face with cystitis in their lives. Men are less affected because of the anatomy. In 85% of the infections are caused by the pathogen Escherichia coli which is normally present in the intestinal tract.
UTI symptoms usually are easily recognizable and can’t be ignored. Symptoms include frequent and urgent urination, burning and pain during urination, turbid urine which in some cases has a strong specific smell, blood in urine, and pressure in the lower abdomen. If you have some of those symptoms you should visit a doctor. Your doctor will prescribe you antibiotics because urinary tract infections are usually treated with antibiotics. The problem is when urinary tract infections will become chronic because they are easily repetitive. Therefore, prevention is really important for avoiding chronic urinary tract infection. So there are many home treatments which can help you for UTI prevention which are also good for the elimination of the infection.
Corn silk tea
This tea is one of the most powerful diuretics. Do you know how to prepare the tea? Just put one tablespoon dried corn silk in one glass with hot water (not boiled) and wait for few minutes. Then drain the tea with a strainer. For UTI prevention, every 2 hours take a little from the tea. If you already have UTI, make a large quantity of the tea and drink it instead of water.
Birch leaf tea
The birch leaf is one of the best natural remedies for UTI treatment. Birch leaf tea is a natural diuretic which increases the urine excretion up to 5-6 times. Because of this, birch leaf tea is recommended for inflammation of the bladder and UTI. So every day drink 2 or 3 cups of birch leaf tea unsweetened.
Birch leaf tea is also helpful for dissolving kidney stones and their painless elimination. Beside this birch leaf tea is beneficial for people with pre-diabetes.
Barley tea is very useful because it can enrich the function of the kidney. There is how to prepare it. In a pot put 1/2 cup barley and 50 oz water. Heat the pot until the mixture starts to boil and then continue to cook another 15 minutes on low heat. After this, drain the mixture and drink it during the day.
Parsley is a strong natural diuretic which initiates the excretion of urine. It’s often recommended for people who have problems with swelling. Parsley improves the kidney function and it is a natural cleaner of the body. It throws away all toxins and bacteria from the bladder. You can make a parsley tea to treat UTI. Boil one cup water and then remove it from the heat. Then put one teaspoon of fresh minced parsley into the boiled water. Stir well and wait 20 minutes. After that, drain and your tea is ready. For best effect, you should drink 4 cups of the parsley tea a day.
Best tips for prevention of the UTI
- Drink a lot of liquids because they wash up the bacteria. Pure water and fresh juices are always the best choices.
- Consume cranberries and blueberries because they contain vitamin C and D-mannose. You can also drink cranberry or blueberry tea or juices.
- Pee before and after a sex to get rid of bacteria.
- Wear cotton underwear because the cotton allows breathing of the skin and reduces the humidity which encourages the growth of bacteria.
- Pee whenever you feel a need. Never postpone the urination. Holding urine in the bladder over an extended period gives bacteria a convenient location for reproduction.
- Always prefer a shower instead lying in а bathtub.