More than half the world’s population has experienced a urinary tract infection (UTI). That burning sensation, together with the constant need to pee is painfully prevalent and has its victims vociferously vowing never to have another one.
The inconvenient truth about urinary tract infections
The inconvenient truth is if you’ve already had one, you’re more than likely to have another. Nearly half of all UTI sufferers will experience a second infection within six months of the first one. The good news is that you needn’t take this sitting down (pun intended,) you can do something about it by ditching the habits that put you at greater risk.
What causes UTIs?
The main cause of a UTI is bacteria finding its way into your urinary tract through the tiny tube that passes urine out of your body, your urethra.
Tips for preventing UTIs
1) Urinate frequently
You can significantly lower your risk of developing a UTI, by peeing early and often – which essentially flushes bacteria from your system every time. Practically that means when your body signals you that it’s time to go – don’t hesitate, urinate! Going every four to six hours limits bacteria chances of growing in your bladder. And if you have kids in your care, who may be too young to recognize when nature’s calling, remind them to go regularly too, or take them with you!
2) Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water delivers a double whammy against unwanted UTIs. Not only will you pee more frequently, which translates to sitting less and moving more, but it also waters down your urine, which keeps bacterial growth at bay. A recent study found that individuals, who experienced recurrent bladder infections, who upped their fluid intake by an additional 1.5 litres of water each day developed far fewer UTIs than those who didn’t change their water intake.
3) Try cranberry supplements
Thirdly, cranberry supplements have got a great UTI tackling track record. They contain a concentrated amount of a substance called proanthocyanidin-A, which reduces your risk of a UTI by making life in your bladder inhospitable for bacteria – especially for those prone to recurring infections.
It’s very likely that if you make these hacks habits, if you impress upon your daughters to wipe from front to back, always tinkle after being intimate, and avoid irritating products – then the next time you hear “This Girls is on Fire” you won’t be thinking about a UTI!
A note from Vital’s Experts:
Vital Cranberry supports urinary tract health and the prevention of urinary tract infections.