How to deal with a UTI
Most of us will get a Urinary Tract Infection at some point in our lives; they’re part and parcel of being human. EmpressBody often get asked their tips to help clear UTIs up quickly and how to prevent them. There are lots of home remedies and theories out there on the internet but a UTI should be treated by listening to your body and using the healing properties that nature provides. EmpressBody is a holistic company that highly recommends seeking alternatives to western medicine which usually treats homogenized symptoms and doesn’t accommodate the perfection and uniqueness of your own body. Trust your intuition and learn as much as you can! EmpressBody has created a full run down of how to recognize a UTI, how to treat it naturally and a few dos and don’ts.
How can I tell it’s a UTI and not Thrush or a yeast infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra. Symptoms include:
- Needing to pee suddenly or more often than usual
- Pain or a burning sensation when peeing
- Smelly pee or pee that seems cloudy
- Seeing blood in your pee
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Feeling lethargic or flu-like
- In older people it can cause confusion or severe agitation
What causes UTIs
UTIs are usually caused by bacteria from fecal matter entering the urinary tract. The bacteria enter through the tube that carries urine out of the body (the urethra). Annoyingly, women have shorter urethra than men and are more likely to get urinary infections like Cystitis as bacteria is more likely to reach the bladder or kidneys and cause infection. Other causes include:
- Ailments that make it difficult to fully empty the bladder, like enlarged prostates in men and constipation
- Ailments that block the urinary tract like kidney stones
- Weakened immune systems, often experienced from sufferers of type 2 diabetes, chemotherapy, and HIV
How can you heal yourself?
Most UTIs will clear up on their own, but there are a few things you can do for yourself to help them clear up quicker.
- A hot water bottle on your lower abdomen, back or thighs
- Drink plenty of fluids, this will help flush the bacteria out faster
- It may be beneficial to avoid sexual intercourse for a few days whilst it clears up, as sex can be uncomfortable and whilst you can’t pass it on to your partner you may cause more bacteria to be spread around making the UTI worse.
- Try and consume cranberry based drinks as cranberries are known to help with UTIs
Here are a few extra tips to help prevent UTIs:
- Always Pee after sex to flush bacteria out
- Wipe from front to back after using the toilet
- Drink plenty of fluids to constantly keep bacteria flushed out of your system
- Wear loose cotton underwear
- Take showers instead of baths
- Try not to wear tight jeans and tights for too long
- Try not to douche or use perfumed products on your yoni
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