How to Avoid Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

How to Avoid Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

There is a reason why women, after using the comfort room, are encouraged and advised to wipe from front to back. It is because not doing so can cause Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Since the urethra that is the tube transporting urine from the bladder to the outside is near the anus, bacteria coming from the large intestine can escape and invade the urethra. Bacteria like E. coli are in the perfect place to leave the anus, enter the urethra, and travel up to the bladder. They will continue infecting the kidneys if the one does not treat the infection.

Women are more prone to acquiring UTI since they have shorter urethras. That allows bacteria to have easy and fast access to the bladder. In addition, having sexual intercourse can let bacteria invade the urinary tract.

UTI is something that people should not take for granted.

Steps to Take to Avoid Urinary Tract Infection

1. Assess One’s Symptoms

They include dysuria, a feeling of burning or pain while urinating, pain in the pelvic part and abdominal aching. One may also feel like peeing frequently but little or nothing is coming out. Further, if there is blood in the urine, or the urine has a foul odor, then one may be suffering from UTI.

2. Drink Water More Often

It does help to increase fluid intake. It helps a lot in flushing out the infection while keeping the body hydrated. Also, drinking water helps in preventing cystitis. Try to drink hot lemon water, non-caffeinated tea, and other healthy drinks as well. Avoid drinking alcohol and sugary drinks.

Another helpful tip is to include ½ teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of water. Since the baking soda can neutralize acid in the urine, it can reduce the pain during urination. However, too much baking soda in one’s water can disturb the flora balance in the intestine.

3. Make it a Habit to Urinate after Having Sexual Intercourse

To the old ones, it is important to go to the bathroom even if one feels tired or chooses to cuddle with his or her partner. It will help flush out germs that may have traveled up to the urinary tract during sex. That is where UTI got its nickname “honeymooner’s disease."

4. Instead of Baths, take Showers

Tubs can be a potential breeding ground for infection. Thus, soaking in a tub or sitting while in wet bathing suits are discouraged. Also, for females, use plain, mild soap when washing the genitals. If possible, just use water and nothing else. Avoid products that have an exfoliant or are heavily scented. When on the menstrual period, women should try not wearing tampons or pads with scents because they remove the natural protective barrier of the body.

If one wishes to maintain being safe and avoid Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), one may consider taking in foods or products containing Forskolin. Forskolin supplements contain extracts from the root of a plant named Coleus forskohlii, and are known to be helpful in treating UTI as well as other allergies and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

Protect oneself from UTI. Urinate with ease and without pain!

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