If you are experiencing a burning sensation while passing urine, you are probably suffering from a urinary tract infection. The symptoms may be accompanied by an increased frequency of urination and dull, aching pain in the lower abdomen.
So? What do you do now? Take an antibiotic?
But, why do you want to take antibiotics when there are so many simple home remedies that can treat your infection without causing any side effects? Taking antibiotics comes with “conditions apply”!
This means they can cause side effects, and make your body resistant to antibiotics. Also, after doing all this damage, they may not even cure the infection completely! So, taking an antibiotic isn’t a full proof way to get rid of a urinary tract infection. So, why take the risk? Just use the home remedies given below and manage your urinary tract infection safely and effectively.
1. Drink lot of water
This one may not sound like an extraordinary remedy, but its effect is extraordinary! In fact, drinking plenty of water is the thing you must do to prevent and treat your urinary infection.
When you drink more water, your kidneys secrete more amount of urine to be thrown out of the body and along with this extra amount of urine goes the bacteria, viruses, and other toxins that cause the infection and irritation in your urinary tract!
Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water or even more to flush out the bacteria from your body system and bounce back to good health rather quickly.
2. The power of Parsley!
Parsley not just makes a wonderfully refreshing drink, but can also relieve urinary tract infections. It can speed up the healing processes by working as a diuretic, which results in an increase in the amount of urine secreted by your kidneys.
An increased secretion of urine will help to flush out bacteria from the body and relieve your discomfort. The all you need to do is add about half a cup of fresh parsley leaves in one or two cups of water and bring this to a boil. You may also use dried parsley leaves if the fresh leaves are not available.
Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer. Let parsley infuse the water for 6-10 minutes. Then, strain out the leaves and drink the water.
3. How about Celery Seeds?
Celery seeds act as a natural diuretic, mainly due to the butylphthalide present in it. Chewing a handful of these seeds can increase the secretion of urine and help to flush out the bacteria.
Boil a handful of celery seeds in one or two cups of water on a medium heat till the amount of liquid is reduced to half. Strain it and drink the liquid one or two times a day.
Alternatively, you can snack on celery seeds. Apart from relieving your urinary infection, it will also help to improve your digestion.
4. Drink ‘Soda’
No, the soda we are talking about here is not a sugary soft drink, but baking soda. This miraculous substance can cure the ailments arising due to the acidic balance in the body fluids including urinary infection, heartburn, and gastritis.
The alkaline nature of baking soda can neutralize the acidity of your urine. It can ease the discomfort caused by the burning sensation while passing urine and create an unfavorable environment for the bacteria to survive.
Stir in one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink this once or twice daily for 5 to 7 days. You may drink this once every day in the morning on a regular basis if you have a tendency to develop repeated urinary infections.
5. Make ginger Tea
When you are dealing with an infective and inflammatory condition, you cannot leave ginger behind. The chemical make-up of this root helps to block the prostaglandin synthesis, which results in less pain and less inflammation.
You can make ginger tea by boiling grated ginger with your regular tea. Consume this two to three times a day.
6. Welcome Indian Gooseberry
Indian Gooseberry contains a high amount of vitamin C, which helps to treat urinary infections by inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
Simply add one teaspoon of Indian gooseberry powder and a pinch of turmeric powder in a cup of water and boil this solution for 10 minutes. Drink the residue twice a day for four to five days.
7. Say “wow!” to Cucumbers
Cucumbers are rather a bland vegetable with no particular taste other than a slightly sour and watery finish. But, it is this watery content of cucumbers that can come in handy for treating urinary infections.
The high water content of cucumbers obviously increases the output of urine and forces the bacteria out from your body system.
So, forget the bland taste of cucumber and learn to savor this healthy vegetable. You can add cucumber slices on your sandwich or salad or just eat it raw.
8. Use heating pads
The best way to reduce the pain and discomfort in the lower abdomen is to use heating pads. The inflammation and irritation of the urinary bladder can cause a continuous, nagging discomfort which makes passing urine a painful activity.
When this happens, apply a heating pad over your lower abdomen. The warmth will melt away the pain caused by inflammation and also release the spasms of the bladder muscles.
9. Fight the ‘blues’ with the blue
If you are feeling blue due to the pain caused by urinary infection, fight it off with the powerful blueberries. Blueberries possess anti-bacterial and antioxidant actions, which help to reduce inflammation and infection in the urinary tract.
You can munch on berries for your snacking or breakfast, add them to a smoothie or top your oatmeal with chopped berries.
Know the 4 C’s you must avoid when suffering from urinary infections:
- C1: Chocolate: the high-carb chocolates create a favorable environment for the bacteria to grow thus worsening your infection.
- C2: Citrus fruits: the acidic nature of citric acid in these fruits can increase the burning sensation.
- C3: Carbonation: the fizzy carbonated drinks can irritate your bladder and aggravate your symptoms.
- C4: Caffeine: caffeine can increase the burning sensation and make it more difficult for you to pass urine.
These home remedies are highly effective and can help you get rid of urinary infections with ease without relying on the troublesome antibiotics. You can also use some of these remedies on a regular basis to prevent infections in the future.