If you’re prone to urinary tract infections, you are probably looking for a magic pill that will make you super resistant. Well, consider your search officially over.
No, we haven’t invented the miracle drug that will prevent anyone from ever getting these nasty infections. However, we have created a list of vitamins, minerals, and supplements that will ensure your bladder and urinary system become stronger and infection-proof.
Please remember to talk to your doctor before consuming any of these supplements!
Here are some supplements you’d want to keep on your kitchen shelves:
Unsweetened Cranberry Extract
The A-type proanthocyanidin (PAC) in cranberries has proven to be highly effective in warding off the harmful bacteria that cause a UTI. Think of PAC like a solid shield that provides cover for your bladder and makes it harder for bacteria to thrive.
But make sure you either take cranberry extract capsules or unsweetened cranberry extract. Drinking cranberry juice will just add tons of sugar to your system, which is never a good idea, let alone when you have a UTI.
Also, keep in mind that no matter how healthy a food is, you should never go overboard with it. Just because cranberry extract can promote good bladder health doesn’t mean you should overindulge. Talk to your doctor about the best-recommended dosage for you.
Probiotics are the “good” bacteria, aka the heroes that keep the bad ones out. Urinary tract infections are caused when bad bacteria win the fight, so increase the number of good bacteria in your system. You can do this by eating more fermented foods and drinks like kefir, tempeh, sauerkraut, yogurt, pickles, kimchi, miso, and kombucha.
If you don’t enjoy these delicacies, consider taking probiotic capsules. Many experts believe that probiotics can help prevent and treat UTIs by flushing out the harmful bacteria from your gut.
Vitamin C increases the acidity in your urine, thus stopping the growth of E. coli. In addition, it also enhances your immune system, providing a double-protection against UTIs.
As a part of your UTI prevention diet, eat vitamin C rich foods daily, like tomatoes, lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruit, and bell peppers. You can also try taking vitamin C supplements, according to your doctor’s recommendation.
Clove oil contains incredible antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties, making a very good over-the-counter UTI treatment. A study found that clove oil was highly effective in killing E. coli and protecting the bladder against infections.
Oregano oil is also found to prevent the growth of bad bacteria inside the bladder, including E. coli. In fact, researchers have said that it might be better to consume oregano oil instead of prescription antibiotics while treating urinary tract infections! Why? Because oregano oil doesn’t cause antibiotic resistance or other harmful side effects.
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