One of the main problems with urinary tract infections is that they keep coming back. Repeated treatment with antibiotics can set up a kind of arms race. The bacteria get smarter and more drug-resistant. The drugs that are used get stronger. Unfortunately, there can be collateral damage in the form of compromised immunity and yeast infections. So if you have recurring bladder infections, it is worth looking at alternatives to broad-spectrum antibiotics. For many women, an all-natural home treatment can make all the difference.

The first thing to do is drink plenty of fluids. They help to flush out the bacteria. I know everyone says this and it is nothing new. But it is an important starting point and will make everything else you do more effective. It is important that you drink the right kinds of fluids. People recommend cranberry juice, for instance, and so do I. The difference is, I insist with my patients that they drink unsweetened and preferably organic cranberry juice. The sweetened kind is not right for the job. Bacteria are fed by sugar, so drinking sweet juice is counter-productive. That may be one of the reasons why people report different results from cranberry juice.

Coffee, tea, soda, and alcohol all dehydrate the body. They are not part of the plan. The less of them you drink, at least until UTI’s stop recurring, the better.

Once you’ve started hydrating the body and flushing out the bacteria, you can go to the next level of your home treatment of UTI and that is the use of therapeutic herbs. There are various formulas on the market that say they get rid of UTI all on their own. Sometimes, they may work – but they have not been proven to be effective. However, when they are part of an overall program – starting with hydration – they can definitely help. My preferred therapeutic herbs for UTI’s are goldenrod and horsetail. They have been used for centuries to purge the kidneys and bladder and help them to cleanse.

You can take your home treatment for UTI to a higher level by alkalizing your body. Infections thrive in an acidic environment. If you are having recurrent UTI’s, it is likely your body is on the acidic side. This sets you up for all kinds of trouble. The good news is that shifting to a more alkaline base will improve your wellness across the board. You can do this cost-effectively and easily with bicarbonate of soda, otherwise known as baking soda. Just adding a little to the fluids you drink will get the job done.

If you have been taking antibiotics, the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in your intestines will almost certainly have been disturbed. You need good bacteria to maintain your health. When they are deficient, one of the consequences can be yeast infections, which in their way can be as troublesome as the UTI’s you were trying to get rid of with antibiotics. A good probiotic supplement can help to restore the balance. You can find probiotics at the health food store.

If you do all of these things and your symptoms worsen or persist, it is important to get professional support. UTI’s should not be allowed to linger. However, it is likely that the system-wide health benefits from this program will result in you shifting to a new level of wellness where you cease to be troubled by any kind of recurring infections.

Infections are opportunistic by nature. They thrive in environments that support them. The key to optimum health and longevity is to create an environment in the body that naturally resists infections. That is the true home treatment for UTI that will solve the problem. The rest of it is first aid which, while important, yields only temporary benefits.

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Information about Dr. Chappell’s approach to natural cures can be found on his natural cures web site.
His Home Treatment For UTI page has more information about how to deal with cystitis and other urinary tract infections.