Urinary tract infections are a serious health problem affecting millions of people each year.
Infections of the urinary tract are the second most common type of infection in the body. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about 8.3 million doctor visits each year. Women are especially prone to UTIs for reasons that are not yet well understood. One woman in five develops a UTI during her lifetime. UTIs in men are not as common as in women but can be very serious when they do occur.
Causes Urinary tract infections are caused by germs, usually bacteria that enter the urethra and then the bladder. This can lead to infection, most commonly in the bladder itself, which can spread to the kidneys.
Most of the time, your body can get rid of these bacteria. However, certain conditions increase the risk of having UTIs. Women tend to get them more often because their urethra is shorter and closer to the anus than in men. Because of this, women are more likely to get an infection after sexual activity or when using a diaphragm for birth control. Menopause also increases the risk of a UTI.
The following also increase your chances of developing a UTI: 1. Diabetes 2. Advanced age (especially people in nursing homes) 3. Problems emptying your bladder completely (urinary retention) 4. A tube called a urinary catheter inserted into your urinary tract 5. Bowel incontinence 6. Enlarged prostate, narrowed urethra, or anything that blocks the flow of urine 7. Kidney stones 8. Staying still (immobile) for a long period of time (for example, while you are recovering from a hip fracture) 9. Pregnancy 10. Surgery or other procedure involving the urinary tract
Urinary Infection Treatment Tips 1. The first tip has to do with your diet. You should be eating a diet high in water soluble fiber because it flushes your system. Most people do not get the 3-5 vegetables a day or the 2-4 fruits a day which is recommended. We recommend a trip to the grocery store to help your body to flush itself and its urinary tract.
Most people with a U.T.I. try to drink gallons of cranberry juice until their red in the face but to no avail. It is true that cranberries can be used as a natural remedy because a compound in this miracle fruit actually detaches the E coli bacteria from the bladder's walls. However, you need to know how to flush the bacteria after it detaches itself.
Healthy kidney function is extremely important in the fight against urinary infections. An alfalfa juice concentrate can improve the kidney function which will allow the body to rid itself of toxins and increase the flow of urine.
Zinc helps boost the body's immunity and combined with vitamin C, can also help you fight off a urinary tract infection quickly and efficiently.
Finally, you should know some basic rules while you are suffering with an infection. Here are a few! Urinate frequently and never hold it. Always urinate after sexual intercourse. And routinely supplement with acidophilus or eat yogurt several times per week to encourage a healthy supply of "good" bacteria in your digestive and urinary systems.
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