Urinary tract infections (or "UTIs" for short) can affect any component of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. The germs that cause these diseases are widespread. While everybody is susceptible to developing a UTI, women are 30 times more likely to do so than males. UTIs are fairly common, affecting around 40% of women at some point in their life. Though E. coli is by far the most common culprit behind UTIs, other pathogenic bacteria can also play a role.
UTIs can manifest in any area of the urinary system, from the urethra to the bladder to the ureters and even the kidneys, but most frequently manifest in the lower urinary tract, the bladder, and the urethra. Healthline reports that the following diet changes can help clear infections and keep the urinary system clean.
The Uva Ursi Bearberry stem
Arctostaphylos uva ursi, often known as uva ursi or bearberry leaf, is a plant used to treat urinary tract infections. It can be gathered from a flowering bush in the wild. Foraging bears give this plant its common name since its berries are so popular with the species. The harvested leaves can be used to make tea or the extract can be taken as a supplement after drying.
Topping the list is garlic.
The present culinary and alternative medical uses of garlic are both centuries old traditions. Medicinally, it is employed in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including fungal, viral, and bacterial infections. It is widely accepted that allicin, a sulfur-containing molecule found in garlic, is responsible for the herb's purported medicinal effects.
3. The green tea.
The leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant are used to make green tea. Because of its pharmacological properties, it has been used in numerous conventional medical procedures for ages. Green tea's high polyphenol content has been linked to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea contains an antioxidant called epigallocatechin (EGC), which has been shown to be effective against UTI-causing strains of E. coli (UTIs).
While the need to urinate more frequently may be uncomfortable, keeping hydrated is essential while dealing with a UTI. In order to stay hydrated, adults should drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Water helps the body eliminate waste and toxins, and urination aids in the removal of bacteria from the urinary system.
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