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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

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Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are miserable. Recurrent ones are a whole other level of misery. But, you don't have to just resign yourself to suffering. Many people have managed to stop having a UTI every time they turn around by making changes to their diet and hygiene habits.

1. An alkaline diet
Acidity and inflammation tend to go hand in hand. It isn't always clear which is cause and which is effect, but there is good evidence that being too acid is strongly associated with various medical conditions, including diabetes, chronic inflammatory conditions and urinary tract infections.

2. Cranberry
Studies concerning effectiveness are somewhat mixed, but there is some evidence that enough cranberry can reduce occurrence of infection by up
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Hygiene
You should urinate both before and after sex. If it isn't a long term, committed relationship, make sure to use a condom. If you are in a long term, committed relationship, it may be wise to get him checked. He may be re-infecting you. When you use the toilet, wipe front to back or pat dry. Never wipe back to front. Be extra careful whenever you have a bowel
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Hydrate
Many Americans are chronically dehydrated. This only makes you more prone to getting UTIs. Make sure you get enough to drink. Make sure some of what you drink is plain water. Caffeine and alcohol are both dehydrating. Such beverages really don't count as much as you may think towards keeping you hydrated.

8. D-Mannose
Although this is technically classified as a sugar, simple sugars of this sort have been shown in studies to actually help kill infections. D-Mannose has been studied for use in treating UTIs and found to help. Xylitol is a similar simple sugar that has been shown in other studies to help kill infection. Adding these to your diet can help reduce the odds of coming down with another urinary tract infection.

9. Probiotics
If you have had recurrent infections and taken antibiotics repeatedly to treat them, you may need to repair your gut. Your gut contains around 70 percent of the immune cells active in your body at any given time, and gut flora play a role in your immune function. Antibiotics kill not only bad bacteria, but also good ones. Probiotics can help your gut recover from the abuse so your immune function can recover from having taken
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