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9 Tips to Prevent UTIs Naturally

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9 Tips to Prevent UTIs Naturally

If you’ve ever suffered from a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know that it is no fun at all. It’s painful, and the frequent urination can be very disruptive to your day and to your sleep. It’s important to see your doctor as soon as you suspect a UTI, because if left untreated it can turn into a kidney infection.

Are you prone to UTIs? I bet that in addition to other tips from friends and doctors, you’ve had at least one person recommend cranberry juice or supplements to help prevent them. It’s not news that cranberries contain compounds that can help prevent UTIs, but conventional wisdom has been that concentrated cranberry supplements pack more protective punch than a glass of cranberry juice. A new study in The Archives of Internal Medicine suggest that the juice may actually be better.

The study was a meta analysis, meaning that researchers looked at several studies on cranberry and UTIs. The studies used different amounts of cranberry juice or used cranberry supplements taken once or twice a day. You’d probably expect that taking a concentrated cranberry pill twice a day would be most effective in preventing UTIs, but it turns out that regular cranberry juice drinkers had less frequent UTIs than folks taking supplements.

The only trouble with these results is that in the cranberry juice trials, they aren’t sure how much cranberry folks were consuming. There’s a big difference between cranberry juice cocktails – sweetened with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or juice – and straight 100 percent cranberry juice.

Thanks to some medical problems I had as a child, I have struggled with UTIs for almost three decades. On the next page, I’ll share some of the techniques that have helped me reduce my UTI frequency over the years.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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10:29PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

I know people claim unsweetened cranberry juice prevents UTIs but it didn't work for me. I find what works for me is cutting out sugar and carbs when I feel an infection coming on. I also drink a lot of water as the article suggests. I also take a cup of Comfort Teas and let another steep in the refrigerator overnight. After I drink that second cup my infection is gone.

6:55AM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Thanks for sharing the info

8:48AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thanks for the tips. I am very prone to UTIs and once ended up in the ER with 104.4° fever and had to spend 5 days in the hospital. Not Fun! I did not know about avoiding sugar.

6:55AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thanks for the informative article. Didn't know about the sugar connection.

10:56PM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

thank you, been lucky, havent had a UTI problems

9:37AM PST on Mar 8, 2013


10:27AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Thank you

7:33AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Thank you Becky, for Sharing this!

11:32PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

thank you

11:31PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

thank you

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