The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse officially endorses drinking cranberry juice to flush out the bacteria responsible for creating UTIs from your system. But not all cranberry juices qualify for the job.
Cranberries belong to the Ericaceae family native to the North American continent. They are related to blueberries. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, manganese and beta-carotene and are loaded with powerful, beneficial antioxidants called proanthocyandins and polyphenols.
How It Works
Cranberries contain flavonoids that target the particular type of bacteria that latch themselves to the urinary tract cells and weakens them without disrupting the normal intestinal flora. The harmful bacteria get flushed out when you urinate.
How To Use
If you have a urinary tract infection are susceptible to them, drink two to four 8-oz. glasses of cranberry juice a day, along with six to eight glasses of filtered, purified or spring water per day. If the UTI persists, see your physician or alternative health practitioner immediately. Untreated UTIs can lead to very serious health complications.
If you can't find organic unsweetened cranberry juice where you live, buy fresh cranberries and make your own juice using a juice extractor and freeze it. You can also cook cranberries and mix them with apple sauce to cut their tartness.
Most commercial cranberry juices on the market are sold as cranberry juice cocktail and are diluted with other juices, additives and corn syrup. Cranberry juice sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup will enhance bacterial growth. Make sure the label states that it's 100% juice with no sweeteners or additives.
Organic, unfiltered, and unsweetened cranberry juice is best. The unsweetened juice does have a sour, bitter taste. If you must have it sweetened to make it more palatable, add some organic apple juice to it or use a bit of stevia or Organic Zero sweetener.