Urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when bacteria invade any part of the urinary tract. Most UTI involves the bladder and urethra. Women are at a higher risk of infections than men.
Diet plays a crucial role in treating urinary tract infection to boost the immune system, minimize the irritation, and help the body get rid of bacteria.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections:
- Pain when they urinate
- Feel the urge to urinate often but a small amount of urine comes out
- vomiting and fever.
- Pain on one side of back under your ribs
- Cloudy urine
Foods to take to shorten UTI:
Studies reveal that pure unsweetened cranberry juice is rich in phytochemicals, proanthocyanidins, which help to prevent E. coli bacteria in adhering to the urinary tract. Regular intake of cranberry juice makes it easier to flush out the bacteria and prevent UTI.
Yogurt, kefir, kemp and fermented products contain loads of good bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. The gut-friendly bacteria help strengthen your urinary tract, by forming protective barriers from your vaginal to bladder area, which helps reduce UTI symptoms.
Vitamin C rich foods aids to fight UTI, by inhibiting E. coli growth, makes urine less acidic and reduce the chances of developing recurrent UTI. Good sources of vitamin C foods include oranges, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, red berries, kiwi, broccoli, spinach, and guava.
4.Food rich in Vitamin A and Zinc
Vitamin A rich food helps to boost your immune system. Foods rich in zinc aids by producing white blood cells and eliminates bacteria. Good sources of zinc include oysters, brewer’s yeast, ginger, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, egg yolks, peanuts, oats, almonds and tofu.
5.Plenty of Water
Water is vital in maintaining the health of the urinary system. Dehydration can increase the risk of UTI, so drinking a good amount of water is a preventive measure. Adequate hydration reduces irritation and encourages urination, and helps to flush the bacteria.
Foods to Avoid
Curb the intake of sugary foods and drink. Limiting sugary foods prevents the breeding of bacteria in your urinary tract.
Avoid processed foods, spicy foods, fats, dairy products, red meats, and shellfish.