Let me start out this post with a disclaimer: I am not professionally or medically trained in any way, shape or form. The prevention and treatment plan here is derived from my own personal experiences with Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s).
This treatment plan works best if followed at the very first sign of a UTI. If after following the treatments here for 24 hours, your symptoms have not drastically improved, please immediately schedule an appointment with your health practitioner.
1- Always drink plenty of water (8 glasses daily)
2- When going to the bathroom, always wipe front to back (logically, this keeps bacteria out of the urethra)
3- When traveling, and sitting for long periods of time, take as many bathroom, standing and walk breaks as you can.
4- Wear breathable undergarments. Tight and synthetic materials are more likely to help harbor bacteria.
5- Eat a High Alkaline Diet, people with acidic systems are more prone to UTI’s.
6- Use the bathroom straightaway after intimacy with your partner, not fun, but neither are infections.
7- If possible, shower rather than bathe, sitting in water with microscopic bacteria/using bubble baths/oils can all increase the incidence of UTI’s.
Use the following treatment method until your symptoms completely resolve.
8- Drink plenty of CLEAR unsweetened fluids, meaning you can see through the liquid, and I don’t mean Diet Coke or Sprite. Water is your best friend here.
9- Up your dosage of Vitamin C, I use 3-6 Emergen-C packets (for instant absorption into the body) daily during an infection, the Super Orange is vegan. One medical Doctor I saw said that vitamin C helps to prohibit bacteria from sticking to the lining of the bladder and urethra. I find it’s super effective.
10- There’s evidence that cranberries and blueberries also work in the same way as the vitamin C does for UTI’s, however, many juices are highly sweetened AND or mixed with other fruit juices and will likely do more harm then good, find unsweetened cranberry juice, cranberry powder or cranberry tablets and eat whole blueberries.
11- Make this Urinary Alkalizer and keep it in your medicine cabinet for when you need it. It IMMEDIATELY reduces symptoms and starts to provide relief:
- 1/4 C. Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon citric acid (find it your health food store or buy it online) leave it out if you can’t find it.
- 1 drop each of lemon, lime and orange essential oil (I use Doterra essential oils since they are medicinal grade)
- Stevia to sweeten (alkaline sweetener derived from natural sources) I use Truvia brand and would use 4 packets for this recipe.
In a small bowl, stir the formula together with a wire whisk. Store in a lidded glass jar. This mixture will fizz when you add it to water. Use 1/2 teaspoon in 2-4 ounces of water every couple of hours until you start to feel relief. This formula is based on a Urinary Alkalizer I used to buy when I lived in Australia, sadly, nothing like it is available in the U.S.
12- Avoid the following foods during treatment: caffeine in any form, alcohol, chocolate, spicy foods, onion, bell pepper or hot pepper of any color or variety, tomatoes. My urologist mentioned these foods can aggravate and prolong the infection. Obviously whole foods instead of processed foods are best for your body as well.
13- I highly recommend essential oils for additional treatment (extra protection and less likeliness for the need of antibiotics). During a recent camping trip I contracted a UTI and fought it off with oils alone (something I’d never attempted before). If you use essential oils, you can use the following blend several times a day in veggie caps (internal) and on your abdomen and bottoms of your feet (external) for treatment for a UTI. Mix 10 drops frankincense, 10 drops on guard and 6 drops oregano in a glass dropper oil vial. Again, I use Doterra essential oils since they are medicinal grade. Mix more essential oil UTI formula as needed for treatment.
Now, you might want to know why I consider myself a near expert on this subject: I’ve always had issues with urinary tract infections (UTI’s) starting when I was a teenager. I’ve probably had upwards of 40 infections in my life. Many years ago, I discovered I only have one kidney, a condition aptly called “solitary kidney” it’s a genetic abnormality, I was born that way. I found out about my solitary kidney through an ultrasound during a time when doctors were doing testing because I had suffered from 8 urinary tract infections within 3 months time. I was put on massive doses of antibiotics and was told I would need to take antibiotics for a full year in order to resolve my recurrent issue (That’s also the point in time in my life that triggered me to start using alternative medicine) I was also poked and prodded with multiple tests (including that ultrasound, and other more uncomfortable tests). Anyway, since I’ve only got the one kidney and urinary tract infections lead to bladder infections – which lead to kidney infections, I had to figure out how to protect my precious kidney, since I don’t have a backup.
I’ve learned through extensive study, naturopaths and plenty of MD visits how to prevent and treat urinary tract infections for myself. Since following these steps, UTI’s have become a very rare occurrence for me and when I do start to feel one coming on, I’m able to fight it head on and quickly every time without the use of antibiotics.
I hope this information will be helpful to you, since nearly every woman I know has had a urinary tract infection at one point or another. If you are unsure about whether or not you have an infection, you can read a list of symptoms here. It’s more rare for men to contract this type of infection than women, but it does occur. In men, the condition is called bacterial prostatitis. I’m not aware of whether or not these prevention and treatment methods work as well for males as they do for females, but following the prevention and treatment steps can’t hurt.