Treating Urinary Tract Infections With Apple Cider Vinegar
Urinary tract infections are not only painful and embarrassing, but also they can lead to more serious medical complications if not treated immediately.
In this article, I will cover:
Causes and symptoms of urinary tract infections.How to use apple cider vinegar and other home remedies to treat UTIs.How much apple cider vinegar to use.How long the treatment takes.Whether to take antibiotics.
Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms
Those who have had a UTI before know how painful they can be. It starts with a burning sensation when you pee and develops into a stomach- and backache. If not treated, it can cause fever, fatigue, and damage to your kidneys and bladder.
Here are the common symptoms of urinary tract infection.
A cloudy, dark urine with a strong smellA burning sensation during urination. This is the worst symptom as the pain only grows with every instanceThe urge to urinate more frequently
Urinary tract infections are more common among women than men. This is for anatomical reasons, as women have shorter urinary tracts and their urinary tracts are closer to the anus, which increases the risk of infection.
To make things complicated, women often have trouble identifying the UTI, brushing the pain off as related to their period.
Why Women Get UTI More Frequently
Source: Organs Of The Body
Causes of Urinary Tract Infection
To understand what causes urinary infection, let’s look at the anatomy in a simple way. The body’s liquid waste (urine) is collected and stored in the bladder. At the time of urination, the urine then moves into the urethra and travels out of the body.
The infectious bacteria enters through urethra. When it contaminates the urethra, it is known as urethritis (infection of the urethra). If this infection moves up and enters the bladder, it causes cistitis (infection of the bladder).
The urinary system is designed to fight such bacteria, and nine out of 10 times, it does so successfully. However, we become vulnerable if our immune system is weak, and the bacteria can win the battle. This is when we’re likely to get a urinary tract infection.
Common causes of urinary tract infection include:
Sexual intercourse Poor vaginal hygiene Poor lavatory hygiene (unclean public toilets)Weakened immunity
Treating UTIs with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the more popular remedies for treating and preventing urinary tract infections.
How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Treat UTIs?
Apple cider vinegar contains important enzymes, rich minerals, and nutrients such as potassium. Combined with its acidity, the vinegar works as an antibiotic, stopping the growth of harmful bacteria.
However, in the case of a severe infection, always consult a doctor and take proper medication.
How to Treat UTIs with Apple Cider Vinegar
Put two to three teaspoons of cider vinegar in a cup of lukewarm water, and drink it twice or thrice a day. For a better taste, some people prefer to add a bit of honey.
You could also make one litre of cider vinegar drink following the above ratio and carry that water with you and drink it as you go about your day.
You will notice the difference in three to five days. In fact, drinking apple cider vinegar every day can provide lots of other health benefits including:
weight lossbetter digestionstronger immune systemacid reflux preventionlower cholesterol
Which Brand of Apple Cider Vinegar to Buy
The brand matters less than making sure the vinegar you buy is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Only the unpasteurized and unfiltered kind contains the ‘mother’ of vinegar – the cloudy sediment you see at the bottom of the bottle. The ‘mother’ contains all the enzymes, amino acids, and probiotics that give apple cider vinegar its health benefits. The filtered and pasteurized version will look clear, almost like apple juice, while the unfiltered and unpasteurized kind will look cloudy.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar