A urinary tract infection refers to any infection that occurs in your urinary tract (kidneys, bladder, urethra and ureters).

Let Us Elaborate…

The urinary tract (urethra) is the tube that runs from the urinary bladder to the outside of the body. In women, this is a small aperture in front of the vaginal opening. In men, the urethra runs the length of the penis and out through the opening in the glands.

Urinary tract infections can be extremely painful and cause great difficulty and pain passing urine. If left untreated, they can lead to kidney and bladder infections.

Most urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that live in the digestive system. In women, the genitals are very close to the anus, so bacteria can spread to the urethra after emptying the bowel, especially if soiled toilet paper touches the vaginal area. www.medicalnewstoday.com. Women are also more likely to contract a UTI due to having a shorter urethra than men.

Other possible causes are diabetes, sexual intercourse, poor personal care and a suppressed immune system.

Conventional medical treatment is antibiotics but what we eat and drink on a daily basis can play an important role in keeping the urinary tract healthy.

 

What To Avoid

Scented products – Avoid perfumed products like vaginal sprays, soaps, talcum powder, and opt for sanitary towels rather than tampons.

 

What To Include

A diet high in raw fruits, vegetables and healthy fats will promote a healthy immune system. A 2011 study involving a relatively small sample group of 100 women had found that introducing probiotics may prevent recurring UTIs. The difference between the two study groups were only marginal, 7 of 50 women receive a re-occurrence vs 13 of 50 in the placebo group.   www.livescience.com

Cinnamon – Studies have been carried out on cinnamon, in particular an ingredient called transcinamaldehyde (sigma) contained within the cinnamon that has been found to prevent UTIs of catheterised patients. www.livestrong.com

Herbal teas – With a wide range available, herbal teas such as cranberry, cinnamon, ginger, and the herb marshmallow will help keep you hydrated and soothe irritation.

Water – Drink lots of fluid, preferably mineral water which will help flush out bacteria.

 

Suitable Juices

Cranberry, Apple & Pineapple

x1 Small Handful Cranberries
x2 Apples
¼ Pineapple

How To Make:

Juice all the ingredients and serve over ice.

Want something warm? Try out the Hot ‘n’ Spicy juice recipe.


Disclaimer

Please note, it is impossible to give a definitive list as what supports one person can be a trigger food or allergen for another. You must stay your own juice detective at all times and listen to how your own body responds to certain foods and always consult with your healthcare provider when making changes to your diet which may affect your medication. Please be aware that we are not doctors, so it is important to consult with your GP or medical practitioner BEFORE making any changes to your diet. The suggestions above are not meant as an alternative to any current medical treatment so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are on. They are also not an endorsement of their effectiveness, or a recommendation that they should be followed but instead, are provided for informational purposes. None of the information on the Natural Juice Therapy site is intended or implied to treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease.