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Urinary Tract Infection Home Remedies: Herbs to Prevent a UTI Recurrence


by Sárka-Jonae Miller
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(The Best Years in Life) If you have ever had a UTI, you are probably not keen on experiencing the symptoms of urinary tract infection again; yet nearly half the women who get a UTI experience another one within a year, including women who take antibiotics. There are natural ways to cure a UTI, but you should also consider herbal support from home remedies to prevent a future urinary tract infection.

Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection

A UTI may cause a range of unpleasant symptoms, such as:

  • Burning during urination

  • Cloudy urine

  • Frequent desire to urinate

  • Tender abdomen

  • Fever

  • Nausea

  • Chills

  • Pain near one kidney

A simple urine test can determine if the symptoms you are experiencing is from a urinary tract infection. Taking antibiotics may clear up a UTI, but six to 12 months later you have a good chance of catching another infection from the same bacteria that caused your first infection or an different one. Home remedies including foods and herbs that kill bacteria and support urinary health lower your risks and improve urinary health.

Home Remedies for Preventing UTIs: Cranberry, Goldenseal and Barberry

Many people take cranberry to fight a urinary tract infection, but cranberries are likely more useful for prevention. Only 16 percent of female participants in a 2001 study who had cranberry juice every day experienced a second urinary tract infection within six months of the first one. Twice as many women in the study who did not have cranberry juice got another UTI within the same time frame.

Blueberries may also help prevent urinary tract infections because they have a substance known as proanthocyanidins, something found in cranberries that is believed to inhibit bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder.

Blueberries and cranberries are not the only things that could keep bacteria from attaching to the inner walls of the bladder; goldenseal and barberry might also provide this benefit. There herbs have a chemical called berberine that combats bacteria linked to UTIs and yeast infections. You can also use a perineal wash with berberine following sexual intercourse to prevent urinary tract infections.

Curing a urinary tract infection is only the first step to urinary health. You can find many ways to incorporate home remedies for urinary tract infections, from mixing cranberries and blueberries into smoothies to taking supplements with extracts of goldenseal or barberry, into your daily routine.

Sources for this article include:
British Medical Journal
New Mexico State University
University of Maryland Medical Center: Cranberry
University of Maryland Medical Center: Goldenseal
University of Maryland Medical Center: Urinary Tract Infection in Women
University of Maryland Medical Center: Urinary Tract Infection – Introduction

About the Author

Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy. Sárka also writes fiction. She is the author of the chick lit novel, Between Boyfriends. Get more health and wellness tips on Sárka's Natural Healing Tips blog or join her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Quickly Relieve and Eliminate Painful Urinary Tract Infections



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