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12 Natural Ways To Prevent Bladder And Urinary Tract Infections
Bladder and urinary tract infections are quite common but rather painful. Although anyone can contract this type of infection, women are more apt to get it because they have shorter urethra, which makes it much easier for bacteria to enter the urinary tract and travel to the bladder.
There are a few other factors that can increase the risk of bladder infections, which include (but are not limited to) surgery in the urinary tract, a catheter in the body, aging, bowel incontinence, enlarged prostate, diabetes, and pregnancy.
Symptoms of a bladder infection is blood in the urine, foul smelling urine, cloudy colored urine, a frequent need to urinate, chills, sweating, a burning sensation or pain while urinating, only urinating a few drops even though the urge is very strong, and pressure in the lower back or abdomen area.
By changing some of your lifestyle factors and diet, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing a bladder infection. Keep reading for 12 ways you can naturally prevent a bladder infection or a urinary tract infection.
1. Water, Water, Water!
The best way to prevent a urinary tract infection is to drink plenty of water, and other fluids, each and every day. Drinking plenty of fluids will flush out the bacteria that naturally live in the body. It will also dilute the urine, allowing you to pee more freely. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water each day, along with herbal teas, vegetable juices, fruit juices, and broth.
2. Instant Urinary Alkalizer
Keep these items in your medicine chest so that you can make up this super alkalizing drink the instant you feel the first signs of a urinary tract infection,
- ¼ Cup of baking soda
- 1 Drop of lemon, orange, and lime essential oil
- 1 Teaspoon of citric acid
- Stevia to taste
Stir these ingredients together in small bowl. Put half a teaspoon of this mixture in four ounces of water and drink it every two or three hours until you get relief from your symptoms.
3. Maintain Good Hygiene
Keeping good hygiene is important when it comes to stopping all types of infections. After using the toilet, ladies should wipe from front to back. Never use the same piece of toilet paper more than once. Never used deodorants in the genital area as these chemicals block the natural cleansing process. If you are prone to developing urinary tract infections, wear sanitary napkins rather than tampons and be sure to change the pads every few hours. Keep your bathroom as clean and sanitary as possible.
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