Recurring urinary tract infections can sometimes lead to serious kidney infections. Normally when urine is excreted by the kidneys to be stored in the bladder it is sterile (does not contain germs). Often people believe urine to be “dirty”, so this surprises many people. As urine passes out of our bodies it usually washes out the small amount of bacteria in the urethra. However thebacteria in the urinary tract sometimes are persistent enough to cause an infection (urinary tract infection, or more briefly, UTI).
Cranberry and vitamin C can help with UTIs. The vitamin C helps to acidify urine and this makes the bladder a more difficult place for bacteria to thrive in. Cranberry juice also acidifies urine and also appears to prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract.
Plums, cranberries and prunes contain an organic acid that is not metabolized by the body and so acidify the urine. They have been used to counteract the formation of some types of renal calculi.
If UTIs do not clear up fairly soon (within 2 to 3 days) it might be wise to see a doctor as more serious infection could ensue.
Acidophilus can help introduce healthy bacteria and drinking lots of water can help flush out harmful bacteria. Yogurt often contains Acidophilus, but possibly not enough to be really effective. Acidophilus helps control yeast infections and can be bought at health stores.
Dry cotton underwear is a good choice as this helps keeps genital areas dry.
References: The healing power of vitamins minerals and herbs by Reader’s Digest, Basic Nutrition and Diet Therapy by C H Robinson and Emma Weigly (fifth edition)