What foods help prevent a UTI?

Foods and drinks high in antioxidants and with a slightly acidic taste can help keep everything in check.

How to prevent a UTI

What foods can I eat that will prevent a UTI?

Consuming foods high in antioxidants has been known to help prevent a urinary tract infection. Foods high in antioxidants include cranberries, blueberries, oranges, dark chocolate, unsweetened probiotic yogurt, tomatoes, broccoli, and spinach. Smart drink choices are decaf coffee; cranberry, blueberry, or pomegranate juices; and black and green tea. Of course, plenty of water is also essential when fighting off a UTI.

How can I prevent UTI naturally?

UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are actually fairly easy to control and/or avoid with a balanced diet. In fact, your diet is often the first place you should look to improve when trying to increase your overall health. Not only food, but also the beverages you drink have a heavy influence on bladder health and UTI contractions. 

What foods are high in antioxidants?

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system. A UTI can occur in your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.

What is the most common cause of a UTI? 

Urinary tract infections are among the most common bacterial infections in adults and may involve the lower or upper urinary tract or both. Asymptomatic bacteriuria refers to considerable bacteria in the urine of woman without symptoms. When the infection is limited to the lower urinary tract and occurs with symptoms of dysuria and frequent and urgent urination and, occasionally, tenderness above the pubic, it is termed cystitis.

What makes a female more likely to get a UTI?

Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men. 

During sex, the bacteria near the vagina can get into the urethra from contact with the penis, fingers, or stimulating devices.

What are symptoms of a UTI in females?

  • The most common sign of a UTI is a strong urgency to urinate.
  • Dysuria is when sharp pains or burning is felt when urinating.
  • The urge to urinate returns minutes later (frequency).
  • Soreness may be felt in the lower abdomen, in the back or in the sides.If you notice a strong odor, cloudy urine or even blood presence, you should walk-in to the GYN Emergent Care Center for immediate care.

If bacteria enters the ureters and spreads to the kidneys, symptoms may include back pain, chills, fever, nausea and vomiting.

What happens if you let a urinary tract infection go untreated?

If the infection moves up the urethra, they may cause a bladder infection (called cystitis). Bacteria that have infected the bladder may travel to the upper urinary tract, the ureters and the kidneys. An infection of the kidneys is called pyelonephritis. An upper urinary tract infection may cause a more severe illness than a lower urinary tract infection.
Source: ACOG.ORG

Which food has the most probiotics?

Prevention: Probiotic Foods

Probiotics offer beneficial bacteria. 

  1. Yogurt – Milk, fermented by good bacteria
  2. Kefir – Fermented probiotic milk drink
  3. Sauerkraut – Finely shredded cabbage, fermented by lactic acid bacteria
  4. Tempeh – Fermented soybean product
  5. Kimchi – Fermented, spicy Korean side dish
  6. Miso – Japanese seasoning
  7. Kombucha – Fermented green or black tea drink
  8. Pickles – Pickled cucumbers, soaked in a water and salt solution
  9. Traditional Buttermilk – Fermented dairy drink
  10. Natto – Fermented soybean product
  11. Some types of cheeses –  Gouda, mozzarella, cheddar, and cottage cheese

What are the benefits of taking probiotics?

Probiotics can have specific benefits.

  • Lactobacillus benefits:
    1. Vaginal Health
    2. Acne/Eczema
    3. Preventing Diarrhea/GI Support
    4. Inflammation
    5. Brain Health
  • Bifidobacterium benefits:
    1. Immunity
    2. Brain Function
    3. Preventing Constipation/GI Support
  • Streptococcus benefits:
    1. Skin support

 

If you have a UTI or suspect you have a UTI, please contact Complete Women Care.

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