London: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in any part of your urinary system including kidneys, urethra, bladder, and uterus. Women are at higher risk of UTI than men, but the infection can occur in both men and women. Raising awareness about UTI is lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho through a live session on Facebook. UTI symptoms can vary, and it’s possible for someone who has a urinary tract infection to experience no symptoms.
But for many people, UTI symptoms are uncomfortable and painful. Feeling painful sensations while urinating is a common symptom of UTI. The infection can also cause fever, body pain, and chills. A urine test can help in detecting UTI. You need to look at white blood cells (WBC) count and colony formation units (CFU) count to check if you are suffering from UTI.
Constantly hydrate yourself:
Take in more water to be able to flush infection from your system when you are suffering from UTI. E. coli bacteria tends to stick on the sidewall of your bladder. This results in fever, inflammation, body pain, and chills. If all these UTI symptoms are severe, you can take the antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. However, if you can avoid it, then drinking water is a natural way to deal with and even treat UTI.
D-mannose is a naturally occurring sugar in cranberries that has the same affinity as glucose. D-mannose has been medically proven to help E.coli bacteria get out of the bladder. Apart from cranberries, d-mannose is also present in oranges, apples, peaches, and even green beans. Cranberries are extremely effective when it comes to UTI stresses Luke in his video.
You can also have two to three tsp of d-mannose powder every day to overcome UTI symptoms. This, of course, is when you accompany it with a lot of water intake. He suggests that women who constantly travel and are likely to use public toilets must always carry cranberry juice, cranberry capsules, or d-mannose powder to prevent the incidence of UTI.
Work on your immune system:
Recurring UTIs is also a sign of a poor immune system. Eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, sleep well and take less stress to have a healthy immunity.
Poor gut health:
People with poor gut health are at risk of catching urinary tract infections. UTIs can cause bloating. Intake of antibiotics can rob your gut of good bacteria, thus hampering gut health. In case you are taking antibiotics for UTIs, also take a probiotic and prebiotic alongside. This will provide your gut with the good bacteria it needs.
Never hold your urine for too long:
To prevent recurrent UTI, make sure that you never hold your urine for too long. Holding urine makes room for bacteria to live for too long in your bladder. This is what ultimately leads to an infection.