The 9 Best Natural Remedies for UTIs You Should Try Now

by Gregory
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Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are a common occurrence in America.  But before reaching for that script for antibiotics let’s review the natural remedies for UTIs.

Let’s review the anatomy.  The urinary system’s job is to remove waste from the body.  The kidneys produce urine, which is then funneled down to the bladder by the ureters.  The bladder then pushes the waste through the urethra to the outside world.  The urethral opening in a woman is superior (above) to the vaginal opening inferior to the clitoris.

Women are much more susceptible to urinary tract infections than men for a couple of reasons.  Primarily the urethra in women is approximately 1 1/2 inches while in men it is > 5 inches.  As a result pathogenic bacteria like E. coli have a much shorter time getting to the bladder in women.  Secondly, the vagina is a natural reservoir of both probiotic and pathogenic bacteria.

{Please read our companion article on “11 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones.”}

 Factors that increase your chances of acquiring a UTI:
  • Family history
  • Wiping forward over the vagina. Fecal matter will enter the urethra.
  • Not frequently voiding the bladder (bacteria that enters the bladder multiplies quickly in urine, which is an excellent medium for the “bugs” to grow.  Urine is normally sterile.)
  • Not changing your underwear often
  • Intercourse with multiple partners
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs), such as chlamydia.
  • Menopause
  • Douching & other cleaning lotions, sprays, and chemical irritants.
  • Use of antibiotics.  Antibiotics destroy the probiotics bacteria more than the pathogenic ones.  The “bad guys” and fungus now have greater preponderance and are more likely to wreak havoc in the bladder.

Symptoms:

  • Burning sensation when voiding
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • The need to constantly void the bladder even though no urine resides in it.
  • Uncomfortable, painful urination (dysuria)
  • Itchiness
  • Dull pain in the lower pelvis

A simple urinalysis will confirm a UTI.  Most allopathic (conventional) doctors will then prescribe a broad-spectrum antibiotic to resolve the UTI.    In fact, close to 75% of the bacteria in our body are resistant to antibiotics and other allopathic treatments. Before we look at natural remedies for UTIs let review problems with antibiotics.

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Risk factors associated with antibiotics:

  • Destroy probiotic bacteria quicker than pathogenic.  Some studies show it takes 2 years for your gut flora to regrow just after one course of antibiotics.  {Read this article on the importance of a healthy gut flora.}
  • Lead to more virulent strains of bacteria.  You hear of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Overprescription of antibiotics has lead to this future peril.
  • Increase incidences of obesity (especially in children).
  • Lead to great fungal infections (e.g. vaginal yeast infection, thrush, et al).

{Please read our article on optimizing your health through a Paleo diet.}

Here at Naturopathic Earth we recommend exhausting all natural remedies for UTIs prior to going to the antibiotic as your sole recourse.  Investigate the following prior to the “gut flora atomic bomb.”

Natural Remedies for UTIs

  1. As always, a diet high in prebiotics and probiotics will keep your immune system strong to prevent and later “knock out” the infection as quickly as possible.  Consume large amounts of resistant starch and fermented foods.  Most ideal would be to purchase a probiotic pill with multiple strains of bacteria and fungus and approximately 40 billion CFU per dosage.
  2.  Increase your amount of Vitamin C.  Consume 3-4 grams a day to the point where you begin to have diarrhea.  (Vitamin C is water-soluble so you will void out what the body does not need.)
  3. Consume foods which will increase your glutathione, the master antioxidant, immune system supporter.  Or purchase glutathione pills.
  4. Increase the amount of water you ingest to help optimize your immune system and flush out the urinary system. {See article on natural remedies on kidney stones.)
  5. Cranberry juice or extract stymies the bacteria from adhering to the bladder membrane.

Herbs

  1. Increase your intake of ginger and turmeric, both of which are excellent antimicrobial agents.
  2. Consuming infused drinks of yarrow, buchu, coughgrass, coriander or uva ursi

Aromatherapy

  1. Add sandalwood, lavender, and bergamot to a bath

Homeopathy

  1. Sarsaparilla, Staphisagria, and Cantharis have been proven effective.  {Consult a homeopath prior to usage.}

As with all naturopathic approaches the key is to strengthen the immune system so our body so as to avoid the UTI.  If you acquire one, the key then is to strengthen the immune system to repel the infections once it has

occurred.  Our body is incredibly resilient and will thwart most common-day infections if kept in an optimal manner (“clean” eating, proper sleep, exercise, sunlight, Vitamin C, et al.).  

However, if natural remedies for UTIs don’t resolve the symptoms, consult an M.D. or N.D. for UTIs may spread to the kidney.  If this occurs your simple UTI could turn into pyelonephritis (kidney infection) and possible hospitalization.  

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A. Gregory Luna

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Lucas April 12, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for bringing attention to the overusage of antibiotics.

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