Girl Talk//Tips & Tricks On Avoiding And Managing UTI's
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Hellloooo Ladies! Happy 2019!!
I am so excited that my first post of the new year is one that is health related as I cannot think of a better time to start taking care of business and by business, I mean a healthy urinary tract! Sometimes life throws us curveballs which makes our bodies throw us curveballs and suddenly nothing is working right. I'm talking about getting a dreaded urinary tract infection, which is one of the most common bacterial infections. And for me, my very own stress levels trigger urinary tract infections. (Our bodies struggle to flush out UTI-causing bacteria more when we're stressed and our immune system is compromised than when we're feeling healthy.) It has been this way for years and years too. I admit it. I have suffered from chronic recurrent UTI’s my whole adult life. And my personal vow when suffering from a health discomfort is to always try and heal naturally first so today I am sharing some tips and tricks to reduce the re-occurrence of UTIs among sufferers. These tips will help you maintain good urinary tract health in the new year and beyond.
OMG! Cheers to that, right?!
So first things first:
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Next tip is H20. You will want to stay super hydrated to help with UTI prevention. Drinking adequate amounts of water will flush bad bacteria out of the urinary tract and by doing this, you prevent the bacteria from multiplying and making it’s way into the bladder. You will want to cut way back from the caffeine and any sugary drinks too. I have had to limit my coffee intake to only one small cup in the morning and have noticed significant results.
Change up the Undergarments:
Ditch the lace for cotton ladies, especially when hitting the gym. When we exercise, moisture builds up and this moisture makes it easier for bacteria to grow. Cotton underwear doesn't suffocate you. Change out of tight-fitting damp workout clothes immediately after a sweat session too.
Take a Probiotic:
Probiotics are beneficial micro organisms that are consumed through food or supplements. They can promote a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut. Probiotics are available in supplement form or can be found in fermented foods, such as kefir, kimchi, Kombucha and probiotic yogurt. The use of probiotics has been linked to everything from improved digestive health to enhanced immune function. Some studies also show that certain strains of probiotics may decrease the risk of UTIs.
Vitamin C can help make the urine more acidic, which may prevent bacteria from growing. You can get loads of vitamin C from foods, such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, strawberries, blueberries, green leafy vegetables, and green peppers. So next time you are the market, stock up on those.
Above all rest! And take care of yourself. Learn to embrace self care practices, do yoga, meditate, and just try to live a stress free life to avoid UTI’s all together.
I really hope these tips and trick help you stay a step ahead of urinary tract infections because they have really helped me tremendously! And it’s been so easy incorporating them into my daily routine!
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Have any additional tips and tricks that have helped you?! Please tell me in the comments below!
The cranberry polyphenols in Ocean Spray® CRANBERRY +health™ Soft Chews help maintain urinary tract health. Take as part of your daily regimen. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.