How do you cure a UTI naturally? The topic of UTIs and women’s health seem to go hand in hand, wouldn’t you say? Isn’t it so fun to think about all of the interesting things women endure and have to “cure”?
Have you ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI)? Most likely, if you are an adult female you have. Around 50–60% of women will develop UTIs in their lifetimes. Chances are if you landed here, you are probably experiencing one right now that you are looking to naturally cure. If not, I highly recommend you save this to your Pinterest board for women’s health ideas.
After delivering my little one, I was met with a HORRIBLE UTI. I figured it was because there’s so much going on “down there” while and after you deliver a baby. I ignored the symptoms for almost a week thinking that I could just kick it with some water and rest. Nope, not even close.
I ended up calling the doctor and having a prescription for antibiotics. BUT I NEVER HAD TO TAKE THE ANTIBIOTICS!!! After researching natural remedies for UTIs, I was able to cure the UTI in a couple of days naturally and never had to touch the antibiotics that were prescribed to me.
While both natural and mainstream medicine are needed, I try (and enjoy) to seek the natural approach first. If you read my post on probiotics and healthy gut bacteria, you know that our culture’s over use of antibiotics has led us to an imbalance of HEALTHY gut bacteria. Antibiotics kill bacteria, even the good stuff! Friendly bacteria in your gut aid in digestion, help you have a health immune system, and can help improve mental health issues like depression and anxiety. So not having to take the antibiotics while still curing the UTI was a total win for me!
I’m just going to cut to the powerhouse for UTIs, D-Mannose. So you’ve probably heard to drink your cranberry juice, which is one of my suggestions as well. However, D-Mannose is a potent, power in the cranberry juice that actually resolves the infection. D-mannose is a simple sugar, similar to glucose, that is derived naturally from fruits and some plants.
D-mannose is an antibacterial that is not absorbed in to the bloodstream. Rather it works it’s way through the kidneys and bladder flushing bacteria out of the urinary tract. E.coli is usually the culprit for the UTI and D-mannose eliminates the e.coli bacteria in your system.
I started taking these D-Mannose the day I was prescribed antibiotics. I never had to use the antibiotics because the D-mannose pills were so effective. The pills also have cranberry and dandelion extract, which I will cover in more detail in a bit. I took them one day and immediately noticed a difference. After 3 days the symptoms from the UTI were gone and I continued on them for another 3 days to make sure everything was resolved.
Why Just Cranberry Juice Isn’t Helping
Traditionally our mother’s recommended cranberry juice to cure a UTI. While it is true, components of cranberry juice can help a UTI, most likely the juice is doing more harm than good. The amount of D-mannose in cranberry juice is less and less effective at treating the UTI. Also, the high sugar content in the juice can add stress to your immune system and can encourage the growth of bad bacteria in your gut.
Pure D-mannose is about 10-50 times stronger than cranberry, non-toxic and completely safe. I also chose the Purest Vantage D-mannose because it is free from GMOs, soy, and lactose.
Other Natural UTI Relief
Dandelions are no longer just wish making weeds. The addition of dandelion in the D-mannose pills helps the body eliminate toxins and bacteria. Dandelion is a diuretic and helps us eliminate more urine through our system. Drinking more water in addition to D-mannose with dandelion helps mobilize the problem bacteria in the urinary tract.
You can also find dandelion in the form of a tea and can be used to prevent UTIs from occurring. It can also help fight premature aging because it is high in vitamin A and antioxidants. Dandelion can also cleanse the liver and reduce the feeling of bloating.
Curing a UTI naturally is as easy as D-mannose, water, and extra dandelion, if you wish. Just remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated while you are increasing your urination with the dandelion root. You will also want to urinate often to help eliminate problem causing bacteria.
Naturally Preventing a UTI
Now that I have cured the UTI, I have focused on prevention. In addition to drinking dandelion root tea (here) to help prevent UTI and bloating, I have added in a probiotic from Hyperbiotics (here) that includes D-mannose for urinary tract health. I shared more about probiotics in this blog post. Continuing with probiotics keeps good bacteria a plenty in our digestive tract helping boost our immune system and overall health.
Whenever possible, I feel treating common problems naturally and without the use of antibiotics is best. I see nature as our way to empower our immune system to fight of illnesses. Preventative or holistic health is important for vitality and wellness. Focusing also on natural, preventative health allows us to achieve maximum well-being instead of treating problems as single problems.
I encourage you to find a probiotic you love that can boost your immune system. I also encourage you to save this post to your Pinterest board should you need to refer to it later for a pesky UTI.
Using D-mannose was a life saver and less expensive than the doctor’s visit and filling the prescription. I now have the D-mannose on hand in the pantry just incase another UTI surfaces in the future.
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