Did you know that the overall incidence of severe urinary tract infections increases significantly during the hot summer months? There are several reasons for this, such as:
- Swimsuit wear (synthetic fabric holding moisture and bacteria in)
- Humidity/sweat creating a perfect environment for bacterial growth
- Holding urine in on long trips
- Dehydration is more common in the summer
- Being unable to wash hands or properly wipe during outdoor trips
Common symptoms of UTIs include a burning sensation when peeing, frequent urination, cloudy or dark urine, urine with a strong odor, a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, and pelvic pain.
So, when you're faced with the symptoms of a UTI, what should you do?
First of all, drink a TON of water if you suspect a UTI is coming on, and follow your body's urges to urinate. The more water you flush through your system, the faster the infection will move out. Also, avoid beverages that will make your symptoms worse. Beverages like soda, coffee, tea, and alcohol can increase dehydration, and most juices contain sugar, which can feed the bacteria you're trying to get rid of.
Stay Clean and Dry
Women should always wipe from front to back, especially after a bowel movement. When you're on an outdoor adventure such as camping or beaching, try to wash your hands before and after using the restroom to prevent bacterial transfer. It’s also important to wear loose-fitting, natural fiber clothes and underwear. I know that little girls love to run around all summer in their swimming suits, but changing immediately after swimming will prevent moisture from being trapped and bacteria from growing.
Cranberries have long been the go-to natural treatment for UTIs. Cranberries contain d-mannose, a substance that researchers believe prevents bacteria from latching on to the urinary tract. But if you're planning to fight UTIs, put down that commercial cranberry juice! Only unsweetened cranberry juice, whole cranberries, or a cranberry supplement have the medicinal properties you're looking for.
In addition to boosting your overall immune system, Vitamin C makes your urine more acidic and inhibits the growth of bacteria. One study showed that daily vitamin C intake reduced overall UTIs in a group of pregnant women by half!
You body's "healthy bacteria" are the first line of defense against germs, bacteria and viruses. Taking a probiotic supplement can help boost the body’s natural flora and colonize the bladder to fight disease.
Bio Defense/Urinary Cleanse & Tone
Our Bio Defense and Urinary Cleanse & Tone formulas have been used successfully by many of our clients to quickly treat infections and stop the painful symptoms associated with UTIs. I personally swear by these formulas, take them at the first sign of any infection, and haven't had any symptoms turn into a full-blown UTI in years.
So there you have it! Your keys to keeping yourself and your family UTI-free! Did I miss anything that works well for you? Leave a comment below!