Bladder infections are known to affect parts of the urinary tract. They generally develop when bacteria enter the urethra and then travel into the bladder. The ureters and urethra are also affected. The infection that is caused usually comes with uncomfortable symptoms such as a very sudden urge to urinate, pain or burning sensation when urinating, dark cloudy urine with a strong smell and abdominal cramping or pelvic pain.

UTI’s can affect anyone but is most common in women because the tube
that carries urine out of the bladder is shorter in women than in men.

If you leave your infection untreated for a long time, the infection can spread to the kidneys or blood which can be life-threatening.

If you get recurring infections you should see a doctor. However, it is also normal for women to develop a urinary tract infection at least a few times during their lifetime. You can lower your chances of recurring urinary tract infections by doing the following:

1). Situation Hydration.

Drink A LOT of water. This is particularly important if you feel the infection starting because water flushes out the bacteria in your bladder which helps to get rid of the infection faster. Water will also dilute your urine which will help urination to be less painful. A good way to judge if you need to drink more water is to look at the colour of your urine. A dark yellow colour will be more irritating to the bladder while a diluted light-yellow colour will be easy to pause and means you are taking in enough water. It is best to drink water throughout the day and always BEFORE you get thirsty.

2). Urinate frequently.

It will help because it eliminates infection by moving bacteria out of the bladder. If you hold it in too long it gives the bacteria time to continue multiplying.

Remember: ALWAYS urinate after sex.

Drink plenty of fluids and go to the bathroom as soon and as often as you can.
Always wipe from front to back to decrease your risk for infection.

3). Increase your Vitamin C intake.

Some evidence shows that Vitamin C could protect you against urinary tract infections because it increases the acidity of the urine which then kills the bacteria that cause infection. Vitamin C is seen to have a protective or preventative effect which decreases your risk. Shop your good quality Vitamin C product here. Also include more red peppers, kiwifruit, and grapefruit in your diet.

4). Dress appropriately.

Bacteria grows and thrives in a warm and moist environment. If you dress in tight or wet clothing (like staying in your wet bikini or wearing too tight gym pants) it can trap the moist and body heat in your delicate areas which creates a breeding ground for bacteria to grow and infections to thrive.

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5). Several natural supplements may decrease your risk of developing urinary tract infection. Try these natural supplements:

D-Mannose: It is a type of sugar and has shown to be effective in treating and preventing UTI’s. It is 100% natural and can be used by children, diabetics and pregnant women. Shop yours here.

Cranberry extract: Cranberry extract is different from cranberry juice because it does not contain the added sugars that usually come with fruit juices. Cranberry extract works by preventing bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract.

Do this more often to prevent infections:

Drink 1.5 – 2 litres of water per day.

Do not hold your wee.

Shower more often than you bath.

Invest in cotton underwear and change it daily.

Urinate before and after sex.

Avoid douching and vaginal sprays like the plaque .

Take-away message: Urinary tract infections are a common problem among women and can be very frustrating to deal with. However, if you manage your hydration and supplement your diet with UTI-fighting ingredients you can lower your risk of getting infections.