by Gina Colonette, blogger
(Courtesy of heartcurrents.wordpress.com)
If you have a burning sensation when you urinate, you may have E. coli growing in your urinary tract—it’s called a Urinary Tract Infection, a UTI. It can be painful, but it’s easy to prevent. To keep E. coli out of your urinary tract all you need are some cranberries— or something cranberry like.
A UTI can affect your bladder, urethra and kidneys. Cranberry juice has been proven to help prevent them. Proanthocyanidins (PAC) are found in cranberries, which prevent E. Coli from attaching to cells in your urinary tract and causing infections. So think of them as your friend!
Often when UTIs are talked about ,it’s in reference to a woman’s UTI. Women do in fact get UTIs more than men because the urethra in women are shorter than in men, allowing easy access for bacteria. But don’t be fooled, men too are affected by UTIs, so they need to take precautions to prevent them.
Drinking cranberry juice is a good method of UTI prevention, but there are some negatives. Cranberry juice is high in sugar. Laurel Sterling Prisco, R.D. says if you are drinking cranberry juice as a way to prevent UTIs, you shouldn’t drink it every day and you should drink an unsweetened juice.
If you’re not a fan of cranberry juice, there are dietary supplements you can take that work just as well — if not better. Prisco recommends Acti Fruit, a concentrated chew, one chew equals seven glasses of cranberry juice cocktail.
If a chew is not your thing, how about a powder, like Crystal light? Amy Howell, associate research scientist at Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension Center, tests all kinds of cranberry products seeing if they actually work. One supplement she has tested in preventing UTIs is You-T. She calls it “pretty unique,” because the powder is very active as compared to other powders claiming to do the same thing.
Keep in mind simple tasks you can do everyday to help prevent UTIs. FamilyDoctor.org says:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Don’t hold your urine
- Wipe from front to back (women)
- Urinate after sex
- Use a lubricant during sex if necessary
- Avoid using Diaphragm if you get UTIs often (women)
If you plan on sticking to good ol’ cranberry juice, make sure you get cranberry juice cocktail, with 27% cranberry juice. Sipping on tart juice is not so bad when it’s keeping burning urination away!