Do you know what are the best foods to eat if you want to fight and prevent urinary tract infections? Scroll down the list below to find out the top foods to do just that.
Studies have shown that the live cultures of probiotic bacteria in yogurt are effective in preventing UTIs. Researchers stated that women who had fermented dairy products containing probiotic bacteria at least three times a week were about 80% less likely to have a recurring urinary tract infection. This is compared to those who ate these foods less than once a week.
Cranberries contain hippuric acid, that helps prevent bacteria from clinging to the urethra. Also the flavonols in cranberries are able to help prevent bacteria from attaching to the cells in the bladder. Thus the the bacteria get flushed out with the urine.
Blueberries are another strong antioxidant that can help in keeping your body free of infection and healthy. It is recommended to drink 100% blueberry juice within the first 24 hours after the UTI symptoms begin, so that your symptoms start to decrease.
Kale is rich carotenoid and ten times beta-carotene than that of broccoli. Carotenoid is considered to be an anti-UTI component. Kale can be added in salads and eaten raw or added into dishes by mixing its leaves.
Probably the most important weapon against urinary tract infection is to drink water. Water helps to flush the bacteria away. Experts recommend drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water, up to 80 ounces per day. For example a person weighing 120 pounds, should aim for 60 ounces.
The root of horseradish are often recommended to women who are prone to getting urinary tract infections. This is because horseradish contains a chemical known as allyl isothiocyanate or AITC, which has been shown to kill a range of bacteria, including the E. coli bacteria which can cause urinary tract infections.