You have the urgency to go to the bathroom at least five times every hour. What little urine produced burns and stings, and your lower abdomen is killing you. Chances are you have a urinary tract infection. A UTI occurs when E. coli bacteria from your gastrointestinal tract enter the urethra tube, mature, and are transferred to the bladder. UTIs affect mainly women; however, men are able to contract the infection. A UTI is commonly treated with an antibiotic. However, home treatments are available and effective if the infection is caught early--right after symptoms develop.
Things You'll Need
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 8 oz. water
- 1 coffee mug
- 2 drinking glasses
- 56 oz. cranberry juice
- 64 oz. water
UTI Home Treatment Beverages
Pour 8 oz. of water into coffee mug. Microwave water on high temperature setting for approximately one minute.
Mix ½ tsp. baking soda in hot water. Stir with spoon to blend ingredients. Baking soda naturally balances the body's pH levels and reduces the production of acidic urine that can irritate the bladder and induce infection.
Drink the baking soda water twice daily--morning and night--for best results.
Consume a minimum 56 oz. cranberry juice daily. Cranberries effectively prevent the E. Coli bacteria cells from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and boost the immune system's ability to fight infection.
Drink a minimum eight 8-oz. glasses of water daily. Water helps flush bacteria and toxins from the body, inducing urine productivity. Drinking water can help flush the UTI from the body's system.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoid caffeinated beverages at all cost. Caffeine can irritate the bladder and worsen infection. When attempting to urinate, do not strain. Straining is only agitating the bladder and will result in lower abdomen pain. Remember, you will urinate when the bladder is ready to flush the infection. Do not discontinue drinking liquids to avoid painful urination. Although it may be painful, the liquids assist the treatment of this type of infection majorly.
- All ingredients can be purchased at your local supermarket.
- Always consult your primary physician if a urinary tract infection is suspected. UTIs can worsen, causing serious bladder complications. A dosage of antibiotic is needed if the urinary tract infection does not improve.