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What to Avoid Eating With a UTI

What to Avoid Eating With a UTI

Roughly one in five women will have at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) during her lifetime; after menopause that percentage increases significantly. The primary cause is urogenital atrophy, which is the deterioration of the urinary tract and vagina, caused by a reduction in the female hormone known as estrogen.

No matter how often the infection occurs, however,  it is very unpleasant to deal with the pain, pressure, and constant urge to urinate. With that in mind, there may be some changes you can make in your diet to help reduce your risk of developing a UTI. Continue reading today’s post to see what foods you should avoid eating.

 Fight UTIs without Antibiotics

Symptoms of a Bladder Infection

Not everyone with a bladder infection will have these obvious symptoms, but some common signs that you should be aware of include:

  • Bloody urine (can look red, bright pink, or cola-colored)
  • Pressure or cramping in the low abdomen
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Kidney or bladder stones
  • Low-grade fever or chills
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom
  • Pelvic pain
  • Stinging or burning sensation when urinating
  • Strong, persistent need to urinate
  • Cloudy urine

Balancing The Composition of Your Urine

When you’re healthy, your urine has a good balance of acidity and alkalinity.  What does that mean? Basically it becomes more acidic, or less acidic (alkaline), based on the things that you eat and drink. When you have an active UTI, and the E Coli bacteria get into your urinary tract, they cause your urine to become much less acidic (very alkaline).  So the thinking used to be that to prevent bacteria growth, you needed to make your urine more acidic.  But researchers at

Washington University School of Medicine have found just the opposite: making urine less acidic inhibits bacteria growth. 

So, while you are taking the Goodbye UTI supplement, which will wash the bacteria out of your urine, you can prevent new bacteria from taking hold by actively managing what you eat and drink. Check out our list below.  

Diagnosing a UTI

Urinary tract infection test strips measure the acidity and alkalinity of your urine and a few other things.  These strips, which can be purchased at your local drug store or online, can provide a simple first step to finding out if a UTI is present and if it is improving over the first few days.  But it’s important to know that they are not as comprehensive and reliable as the tests your doctor can perform, so if your test results and symptoms have not improved in 48 hours, you should seek a professional medical opinion. 

What to Avoid

 

Coffee

If you love your morning cup or cups of coffee, then you may need to scale back for a while to avoid increasing your UTI symptoms. Caffeine is actually a known bladder irritant, which means that it can also worsen your symptoms. If you suffer from chronic inflammation of the bladder, then you definitely want to find an alternative to your morning cup of java. Once you are UTI-free, you can resume drinking coffee as normal. 

Alcohol

Whether you enjoy beer, wine, or liquor, they may be the reason that your UTI symptoms are worse. Just as they can irritate your stomach if you have acid reflux or an ulcer, they can also irritate your bladder. You should make sure to increase your intake of water to help flush the bacteria from your system. Since alcoholic beverages also act as diuretics, which means they dehydrate your body more quickly, it’s important to avoid them until your urinary tract infection is eliminated. 

Acidic Fruits and Drinks

While you may enjoy adding lemons to your water you’ll want to avoid all acidic fruits when you have a UTI. So cut back on:

  • Cranberries and cranberry juice (yes that’s right, despite the old wive’s tale)
  • Oranges and orange juice

The acid in these fruits can irritate your bladder, which will make your symptoms more painful and pronounced. 

Dairy

You would think that dairy products which coat your stomach when it’s acidic would be okay,  but they don’t help your urine in the same way. Cut back on:

  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Milk, including almond and soy milk

Other Things To Avoid

Protein: bacon, beef, fish, eggs, pork, turkey, veal

Grains: corn, oatmeal, rice, rye, white pasta

Certain Vegetables: black beans, chickpeas, olives, winter squash

What to Enjoy 

 Is there anything left that you CAN eat or drink more of to help with your UTI?  The good news is that here are long lists of items that will make your urine more alkaline, less acidic.  Here are the highlights...

Leafy Vegetables 

High in vitamin C, a known immunity booster, leafy vegetables are great: broccoli, brussels sprouts, beets and beet greens, carrots, cucumbers, peas, green beans, lettuce, onions, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms.  

Fruits

Any fruit besides cranberries and oranges will be helpful.  And although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect, the citric acid they contain has an alkalising effect in your urine. So, feel free to munch away on apples, strawberries, bananas, cherries, grapes, tangerines, raisins and watermelon.

Papaya is rich in carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene, which have powerful immune-boosting properties. An easy way to add papaya to your diet is to cook it in coconut milk with onions and garlic, and purée into a creamy soup. 

Spices and Seasonings

Once again, thinking about spicy things when you’re burning up may seem strange. More chili pepper, curry, and ginger will actually help. 

Cinnamon is also known for its antibacterial properties and is rich in compounds that reduce inflammation and inhibit the growth of bacteria. Some studies show that cinnamon prevents the colonization of E. coli, which is the bacteria responsible for most UTIs. You can add cinnamon to your diet through caffeine-free cinnamon chai beverages or sprinkle it on pancakes and toast. 

Garlic

Aside from being delicious, garlic is high in allicin and other compounds, which have antibacterial and antimicrobial activities that enhance your body’s immune system. Studies have shown that it can be an effective treatment for recurring UTIs. Since allicin is easily damaged by heat, it’s best to use raw garlic for the most effective benefits.

D-Mannose

D-mannose is a sugar that naturally occurs in a variety of fruits and vegetables and it may help prevent UTIs. There are also a number of studies that show D-mannose can inhibit the adhesion of bacteria cells to the urinary tract by binding to them, which then causes them to be eliminated through urination. 

Natural UTI Supplement

Goodbye UTI®, is 100% pure D-Mannose powder and is the best natural food product to take to make your urinary tract healthier.  Mix this natural sugar powder into your morning coffee or smoothie with a glass of water to enjoy easy-to-take, fast-acting relief, or prevent future UTI’s from happening.  Don’t wait another day, order your natural UTI supplement today. 




Why You Need to Drink More Water

Why You Need to Drink More Water

In a previous post, we looked at why you need to drink more water, as well as a few external factors that play an important role in your water consumption. Today, we’ll take a closer look at how your water consumption can directly impact your health and even reduce your risk of UTIs (urinary tract infections).

At Goodbye UTI®, we offer a dietary supplement that is designed to support urinary tract health. Whether you develop urinary tract infections occasionally or on a regular basis, you can find the relief you need with our natural health solution. Contact Goodbye UTI® today for more information, and get the relief you deserve.

 

1. Water Helps Control Calories

Drinking water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate, which are important factors in controlling the amount of calories you consume. In fact, if you consume 2 liters of water every day, you could increase your total energy expenditure by up to 96 calories. The timing of your water consumption is as important as the amount. If you drink water about a half hour before your meals, then you will likely feel more full and eat fewer calories as a result.

 

2. Water Helps Energize Muscles

Muscle fatigue is the result of cells that shrivel when they are unable to maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes. Simply put, dehydrated muscle cells will not perform as well. In order to make sure that you keep your body as hydrated as possible, aim to drink about 17 ounces of water about two hours before you plan to exercise. During your workout, drink fluids early and at regular intervals to replace the fluids you lose from sweating.

 

3. Water Promotes Healthy Skin

While drinking plenty of water will boost your skin’s ability to function as a protective barrier from losing excess fluids, over hydrating will not erase wrinkles or fine lines. Dehydration causes your skin to look more dry and wrinkled, which means that proper hydration can improve the appearance of your skin. The reason that overhydration won’t work to erase wrinkles or fine lines is that once your body is fully hydrated, your kidneys will take over and eliminate excess fluids.

 

Prevent UTIs

4. Water Supports Good Kidney Function

Your kidneys work hard to cleanse and rid your body of toxins. They are able to function at optimal performance when you maintain an adequate intake of fluids. One quick and easy way to check if you are consuming enough water is to look at the color of your urine before you flush the toilet. It should be light in color and free of odor. If you are not drinking enough water, then your urine becomes concentrated, which means it will be darker in color and stronger in odor, as the kidneys trap the extra fluid to help maintain other bodily functions.

 

5. Water Maintains Normal Bowel Functions

If you regularly struggle with constipation, the culprit could be an inadequate consumption of water. Adequate hydration helps to keep things moving through the gastrointestinal tract, which prevents constipation. When you don’t drink enough water, your colon will pull water from the stool to help your body maintain hydration. The result, however, means that you will experience constipation.

 

6. Water Can Decrease Your Risk of UTIs

Drinking plenty of water should help to lower your risk of UTIs, as it increases the rate at which bacteria are flushed from the bladder. Water consumption also reduces the concentration of bacteria that enter the bladder from the vagina. All of this means you should drink plenty of water each day to reduce the opportunities that bacteria have to attach to the cells which line the urinary tract.

 

Natural Solution to Support Urinary Tract Health

Even with adequate daily hydration, you could still experience urinary tract infections due to a number of other factors, including body factors, the type of birth control you use, abnormal aspects in your anatomy, and more. At Goodbye UTI®, we are proud to offer a natural health solution that works to support good urinary tract health. This dietary supplement is easy to use and works quickly. Contact us today to learn more about this supplement, and get the relief you need.

Can Men Get UTIs?

Can Men Get UTIs?

While women are much more prone to developing urinary tract infections (UTIs) than men, men are not immune to these troublesome and sometimes dangerous infections. UTIs are very rare in young men, but the risk of infection increases with age. In fact, men over the age of 50 are much more likely to develop a urinary tract infection.

At Goodbye UTI®, we offer a safe, effective, and fast-acting alternative to prescription medication to treat urinary tract infections. Our natural health solution works to improve and maintain your urinary tract health. Contact us today to learn more about our dietary supplement and order yours today.

 

Risk Factors for Men

While age is one of the primary factors that put men at an increased risk for developing a UTI, there are a number of other factors that can impact their health as well, including:

  • An enlarged prostate gland
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Bladder catheter insertion
  • Conditions that affect the immune system

     

    UTI Symptoms in Men

    While some men will not experience the typical symptoms of a UTI, or even any symptoms at all, the majority do show at least a few of the signs of infection. A urinary tract infection usually involves inflammation of the bladder, which can easily turn into an infection in the lower or upper urinary tract, and sometimes the kidneys as well. When the infection reaches the kidneys, it can become very serious.

    The symptoms are fairly similar to what women experience, including:

    • Frequent, urgent trips to the bathroom
    • Strong, constant urge to urinate
    • Releasing small amounts of urine at a time
    • Urine that is cloudy or foul smelling
    • Bloody urine — can be pink, bright red, or cola-colored
    • Lower abdominal pain
    • Burning or pain during urination

     

    Diagnosing UTIs

    Urinary tract infection tests can be purchased at your local drug store. These test strips provide a simple first step to finding out if a UTI is present, but it’s important to know that they are not as comprehensive and reliable as the tests your doctor can perform. In order to confirm that you have a UTI, as well as the type, contact your doctor so that a diagnosis can be made and you can begin treatment as soon as possible.

    Urinary Tract Health

    Drinking plenty of water each day and completely emptying your bladder when you urinate are simple ways to maintain good urinary tract health. Adding a scoop of Goodbye UTI® to your water or coffee each morning will also help to protect your bladder against E. Coli bacteria. Our fast acting, antibiotic-free powder easily dissolves in water and has no taste. Try our dietary supplement today, and say goodbye to UTIs.