Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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  • What is a UTI?

  • What Causes a Urinary Tract Infection?

  • How Do I Know If I Have a UTI?

  • UTI Treatments and Home Remedies

What is Urinary Tract Infection?

Urinary Tract Infection is a common condition which can also become a chronic condition for people from almost any region fo the world. It is common in men and women, but is more prevalent in women because women "parts" are more exposed and vulnerable to water-borne bacteria. However, there are also many instances which do not originate from the exit point of the urinary tract, for example sometimes a Urinary Tract Infection will be caused by a kidney stone, or other factors like immune deficiency, yeast infections, Diabetes, prior history of UTI, or a procedure or situation in which the urinary tract was exposed to bacteria and became infected. The propensity for UTI's to become chronic in women is also greater and the risk of complication becomes greater as the number of occurrences increases, so obviously, taking appropriate steps is important to stop Urinary Tract Infection and its complications.

To recap, here are the important points about UTI's:

  • Common

  • They often become chronic

  • Affects men and women (more women)

  • Caused by bacteria

  • Can originate from different locations

  • Different common causes like intercourse, kidney stones, illness and others 

Now, let's take a closer look at what causes a UTI

What Causes a Urinary Tract Infection?

 

 

The cause of UTI is not always the same from case to case, but it is basically because of pathogenic bacteria in a particular part of the urinary tract that results in localized infection and inflammation. Urinary Tract Infections can also be caused by a foreign body such as a kidney stone (and the bacteria attached to it) that becomes lodged in a tube or another part of the urinary tract. 

Sexual activity can also be a cause for UTI's, especially in women, because of the receptive nature of the female physiology and thus the higher risk of bacterial contamination from a partner. Therefore regular washing should always be a priority, especially for people engaging in any form of physical intercourse.

The urinary tract must be completely clean, otherwise infection can occur: Whenever there is a situation where bacteria can manifest itself somewhere along the urinary tract, whether that be in a tube or a valve or something else, that can cause the inflammation and infection which causes the pain. 

Recap:

  • Varying causes for UTI bacteria

  • Caused by infection and inflammation

  • Common factors include coming into contact with external contamination ie; sexual touching, kidney stones, yeast infections, diabetes and immune deficiency

 

How Do I Know If I Have a UTI?

UTI Treatments and Home Remedies

There are a variety of home remedies and treatments for UTI that have been implemented. Some of them work better than others, and some, to be frank, don't work very well at all. But the best remedy for UTI is something very basic and inexpensive: Sodium Bicarbonate, or baking soda. This use this approach, all that is required is simply taking two teaspoons of baking soda with water. At least one full 8 ounce glass of water would be sufficient but more will be suitable as well. If this doesn’t completely eliminate the UTI, try it again and if desired, raise the amount of Baking Soda used by a small amount each time until it works, up to two table spoons. If you do try this method, you should experience results immediately, that is why it is the only recommendation given here for this condition. Speaking from experience, the other methods seem to have some effect on the Urinary Tract Disorder, but the results are not as immediate and conclusive as the baking soda, in my opinion. The possible reasons for the baking soda’s effectiveness is it’s natural cleansing ability acting within the affected area as it is flushed out through the urinary tract. Baking Soda also has other beneficial properties which may coincidentally help as well. For example, it has been used in the practice of “soda doping”, a natural and legal practice which increases athletic performance in horse racing originally, but later in human athletic events as well, and is still used by athletes to this day. Besides acting as a tonic inside the liver and kidneys, it also affects the blood ph balance in a positive way, making it the perfect agent for UTI’s. Do not abuse baking soda therapy by trying to get more out of it than what is described here as this may be detrimental (mildly for the most part).

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