Monday, April 29, 2013

Home Remedy for Urinary Tract Infection


An infection caused by the bacteria in the urinary tract that includes kidney, bladders urethra (the tube where urine passes from the bladder to the urethral opening) and ureters (the tubes where urine passes from the kidneys to the bladder). The bacteria enter the opening of the urethra and multiply itself in the urinary tract causing the infection.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) can be painful, if it is not managed in the early stage of infection; most likely it might spread into the kidneys, causing major health problem. This condition can infect anyone at any age and, much common among women.

The urinary system is especially designed to guard against infection. Normally urine is sterile and the flow of urine from the bladder usually helps to wash bacteria out of the body. A healthy immune system also plays an important role in the prevention of all infections like Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

For Children:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Appetite loss
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Unstoppable crying that cannot be addressed by just common methods like feeding.

For older children and adults:

  • Incontinence
  • Lower back pain
  • Urinating frequently
  • Abdominal Pain or in pelvic area
  • Painful urination also called dysuria.
  • Urine can be cloudy and has an unusual smell
  • Producing not more than a small amount of urine at a time than the usual

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Most of the Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) cases cause by a type of bacteria called e-coli which can normally be found in the colon area. When e-coli enter urethra and multiply, the infection occurs. Chlamydia and Mycoplasma microorganism that can also cause Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), it may affect men and women but, the infection caused by these organisms only occur in urethral and reproductive area.

Natural Home Remedies for a Urinary Tract Infection

Cranberry Juice:
Used for more than a century as a home remedy for prevention and treatment of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Cranberry juice must be unsweetened. Often found in health food stores.

Baking Soda:
Mix of 1/2 tsp baking soda in 230ml of water as treatment on early stage of urinary tract infection. Baking soda raises the base and acid balance of the acidic urine.

Water:
To ensure a good flow of urine drink lots of water. It helps to clean the body and flushing out unwanted substances in the body.

Aromatherapy:
Mix equal part of essential oils that includes bergamot, tea tree, sandalwood, frankincense and juniper. Mixture must be rubbed on your bladder area for three to four days and the symptom subsides.

Echinacea and Oregon grape root:
Take two capsules three times a day to fight the infection. Goldenseal can be a substitute for Oregon grape root.

Uva ursi:
Has antiseptic properties, an herb that is used as a folk remedy for urinary tract infection. The active component arbutin will break down and then excreted in the kidneys. Because of tannin compound that found in Uva ursi, people with kidney or liver disease as well as pregnant or nursing women and children should not take uva ursi.

Diet Suggestion for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Higher dose of vitamins C

Vitamin C helps in preventing bacterial growth; this is due to the acidic environment created in the bladder and urinary tract. Always practice the healthy diet that rich in vitamins and minerals needed by the body in daily basis. To maintain alkaline content in urine, consume a rich diet of fresh vegetables, milk, and fruits.

Fresh berry juice:
Included on the daily diet, in the long run it is useful against Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Other Suggestion for Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

  • Do not smoke
  • Do not use artificial sweetener
  • No carbonated drinks, caffeine, and alcohol
  • Avoid processed (e.g. chocolate, cheese, dairy products) and spicy foods.

Other suggestions in treating Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Reflexology
Focus more on the bladder and kidney area to provide relief from pain.

Hot compress
in abdominal area, place a heating pad to provide relief of pain.



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