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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
Frequent desire to urinate
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
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
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
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.
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.
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