Urinary tract produces and stores urine. It comprises kidneys, the ureters and the urinary bladder. Urinary tract infection (UTI), is an infection of the lining of the urethra or the urinary bladder. UTI leads to urinary incontinence. It can be a very painful condition that causes your urine to appear cloudy.
According to Dr Areef Tamboli, Associate Consultant, Department of Urology, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim;
“An infection which is found in any part of the urinary system, say your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra, is called a Urinary Tract Infection. Incidence of infection in females increases directly with sexual activity and child-bearing. 25-30 per cent of women between the age group of 20-40 years, do get UTIs.”
Here are 5 ways to prevent UTIs:
- Consume curds
Taking a bowl of curd a day can help prevent many health conditions including UTIs. UTIs occurs due to increase in bacterial growth in the urogenital region. So, consuming curds eases the load of bacteria in the region. Curd is a natural probiotic and also contains natural antibiotics that can help you to prevent UTIs.
- Cranberry juice
Cranberry juice contains antioxidants and other compounds that help prevent UTIs. It prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary bladder, so drinking this juice flushes out the bacteria from your body, thereby giving you a relief from the symptoms of UTI. It also prevents you from getting recurrent infections.
- Lemon juice
Lemon is rich in vitamin C which is an effective antioxidant that alkalizes the body. Lemon juice helps prevent bacterial growth. Therefore, having it regularly will keep UTIs at bay.
After each bowel movements, clean the area around the anus gently, wiping from front to back. Avoid reaching from behind because germs from the rectum can be transferred to the hand and tissue. Empty your bladder every 4 hours during the day, or when the urge arises. Avoid holding back urine for too long. Take special precautions after sexual activity.
- Keep yourself hydrated
Drink lots of water on daily basis. Start your day with at least two glasses of water on empty stomach. If your urine appears any darker than a very pale yellow, this means not enough liquid is being ingested in your body. So, increase the fluid consumption.
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