12 Natural Ways To Prevent Bladder And Urinary Tract Infections

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4.  Cranberries And Blueberries

Cranberry juice is excellent for stopping bladder infections and urinary tract infections. This juice contains special compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the wall of the urinary tract and bladder. Blueberries are also good for this purpose. It can be difficult to find pure, unsweetened, organic cranberry juice, so if you cannot find pure juice, you might want to consider taking cranberry extract supplements.

 

5.  Don’t Hold It

Keeping your bladder full or delaying going pee can be a big contributor to urinary tract and bladder infections. Holding it can increase the risk that bacteria growing inside the bladder. This also puts increased pressure on your kidneys, which can also cause kidney infections or other types of kidney problems. As soon as you feel the urge to go — go ahead and go! You should also urinate after having sex. This will flush out the bacteria from the bladder and the urinary tract.

 

6. Avoid Irritants

There are some fairly common food and drink that can irritate the bladder and urinary tract. This increases the risk of developing an infection in the bladder or the urinary tract itself. If you are prone to developing bladder infections, you should avoid chocolate, sodas, caffeinated drinks such as coffee or tea, as well as alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine. You should also avoid sugary foods as these can feed the bacteria in the bladder. Very spicy foods also irritate the bladder and should be avoided.

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