The urinary tract is comprised of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of any part of the urinary system. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract.Urinary tract infections affect up to half of all women over the course of a lifetime and are responsible for eight million doctor visits each year. Women are more prone to urinary tract infections than men, in part because of their shorter urethras.
Drinking cranberry juice is said to be helpful in supporting a healthy urinary tract, but studies fail to mention that cranberry juices are loaded with fructose that causes an imbalance in your gut flora. Instead, D-mannose, the active ingredient of cranberry juice, is found to promote urinary health without any potential side effects.
More than 90 percent of UTI cases are caused by E. coli bacteria. Your body is unable to flush these strains away because their cell walls are composed lectin, a sticky substance that causes them to cling to your urinary tract. However, lectin binds to D-mannose molecules, which can help eliminate E. coli from your body.
Antibiotic use should be your last resort in treating UTI because they may prove ineffective in eliminating the microbes causing urinary infection. Additionally, they impair your gut flora, encourage the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and cause allergic reactions.
Some of the best home remedies for UTI include drinking parsley water, chewing on celery seeds, eating horseradish, using baking soda and making a cream of tartar and lemon blend
Consuming fermented foods is also one way to promote a healthy urinary tract and overall health. Specific hygiene steps that can help maintain a healthy urinary tract are also listed in this article.
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