Urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are caused by an abundance of dampness in the urinary tract. This causes an excessive amount of bacterial growth in either the bladder or the urinary tract. In this blog post we would like to discuss the factors that cause or contribute to urinary tract infections and some of the tips and tricks to avoid those factors from taking place. We will also discuss some easy ways to treat and protect against getting them outside of stopping the causes before they start.

 

Factor 1: Poor Wiping. Not knowing how to wipe properly can be a huge cause of UTIs. It is imperative that when you wipe you wipe from front to back. This way bacterium from your anus does not get spread to your urinary tract.

Factor 2: Sexual Activity. Often  sexual activity can help to spread bacteria from place to place. In order to stop bacteria from making itself at home in your bladder try to use the restroom before and after sexual activity. This will flush the bacteria out. If you use a diaphragm or spermicidal creams as your birth control be aware that they will increase your odds of bladder infection.

Factor 3: Tight undergarments or Clothing. Wearing tight clothing and underwear can hold the heat and moisture in where it needs to be let out. Also, underwear that is so tight that it “shares the front and back will cause spreading of the bacteria. This is the same for thong or string underwear.

Factor 4: Wear cotton underwear or underwear made of fabric that is easy to breath. When you can’t “air out” your body holds all the moisture in. This creates a perfect environment for bacteria to grow.

Factor 5: Vaginal Yeast Overgrowth. See the final tips listed at the end of the blog (cranberry juice, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and lots of water)

Factor 6: DON’T HOLD IT. When you need to go potty go. Holding it will only increase your chances of a urinary tract infection.

Factor 7: Take showers instead of baths. In a bath your entire body is obviously submerged in bacteria for the rest of your body. So you are spreading bacteria to your urinary tract, much like improper wiping, that naturally shouldn’t be there.

Factor 8: Hormonal Imbalances. Seek professional assistant when assessing if you should take measure to regular your hormones.

There are 4 main tips for treating and avoiding Urinary Tract Infections that we would like to discuss. First, Chinese herbs can play a huge role in the treatment and preemptive measures taken against urinary tract infections. Contact a specialist who can direct you on best practices. Second, acupuncture is a great way to eliminate UTS’s and the chance of them occurring. Finally, Cranberries are a great way to avoid and treat a urinary infection.  It is important to note that only all natural, “no sugar added” cranberry juice should be used. The sugar in most juices out there will only feed the bacterial issue you are dealing with and thus prolong your issue rather than treat it. If drinking cups and cups of bitter juice is not your “cup of tea” you can get cranberry capsules. They are easy to take throughout the day and are jam packed with what you need to treat your UTI. Finally, drink a TON OF WATER.

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