If you are reading this post right now, you are most likely in a lot of pain or discomfort to say the least. Burning, itching, and the urge to urinate when there is no urine are all at the beginning of the symptoms list of this very painful ailment. And, like many, you may not know why you have come down with a urinary tract infection or what to do about it.
First, there are an array of common culprits that can cause a U.T.I. in both men and women. Dehydration could be the reason, so an increase in clear liquids is advisable. Many people also develop urinary tract infections from something as simple as wearing tight clothing at the gym to unknowingly wiping from back to front after urinating. The aforementioned is especially common. So next time you 'pee', notice the direction or way you clean yourself. You may be surprised!
This type of infection can also be brought on by sex or a new sexual partner. No matter how you came down with this painful situation, there is a home remedy or routine that will relieve the pain within a day and the infection itself within a week for most people. This routine simply involves about 9-10 glasses of water daily, aspirin, and some type of real cranberry.
When I say real cranberry, I don't mean those juices that are mostly apple and white grape juice, corn syrup, and only a touch of cranberry . I am talking about going to your local health food store or Publix and buying 100% real, not from concentrate cranberry juice! I also recommend an extra daily dose of cranberry from something like Cranactin pills or a fresh cranberry sauce with meals. The combination of slow but steady water intake, some aspirin or your preferred pain killer on a full stomach, and continual yet reasonable cranberry intake will quickly ease pain and knock out the infection in most people.
Now I must, out of responsibility, tell you to see your doctor or talk to her about this routine to make sure it is right for you. Also, if you do the routine properly and are still experiencing symptoms after a week, you may not have a regular old urinary tract infection. Chlamydia and other problems can mimic the symptoms of a U.T.I, hence a visit to your doctor would be necessary. If you are sure that you have a regular U.T.I., this routine is an excellent option.
Routine Cranberry Drink:
Morning: 6 oz. of 100% cranberry juice + a few ounces of a sweet juice like apple, etc.
Night: 4 oz. of 100% cranberry juice + apple as needed
Note: Drink with food on the stomach.
1 16 oz. package of fresh/frozen cranberries
1 cup of water
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a high simmer. Lower the heat to a low simmer and stir frequently. Cranberries will pop. Cook till you reach desired consistency-sauce or jam.
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