An infection in your urinary tract can be painful. While a visit to the doctor is in order, there are ways to avoid the occurrence. This guide is about home remedies for urinary tract infections.
If you have a urinary tract infection have a baking soda cocktail.Mix 1/2 teaspoon of soda in eight ounce glass of water and stir, and drink it.Baking soda raises the pH levels of irritating, acidic urine.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
I read recently that Alka Seltzer helps with urinary tract infections. I can't remember where I read this or how/when to take the Alka Seltzer. Can anyone out there help me? Thank you!
Donna from Greenville, SC
As a certified Biology teacher, I was researching the ingredients and mechanism by which Alka Seltzer works. The active ingredient is ASPIRIN. The fizzing is just baking soda interacting with citric acid in water creating carbon dioxide. The purpose of the "fizz" is to quickly dissolve the tablet in water so that when you drink it the aspirin is quickly absorbed into your body... making you feel better faster than taking an aspirin tablet and waiting for your body to break it down. the bottom line is that when you take alka seltzer, you are simply taking fast acting aspirin. it will help with pain, but will do nothing for a bacterial infection. It is not a cure. See a doctor for UTI.
Take it from a women with a lifelong history of UTI's. Alka-Seltzer is mainly aspirin. It will mask the discomfort of a UTI, but not cure it. This masking of discomfort gives the UTI time to get to the kidney and man, that is trouble! Alka-Seltzer DOES NOT cure a UTI. Scrub that from your list of natural products to try. YIKES!
Aloha as I sit here reading all the responses I think that you are all focusing on the wrong part of the product. Yes the aspirin helps with the pain but it is the baking soda ingredient that helps neutralize the acid in the urinary tract that is the part that makes it go away. Thank you person who dank baking soda as a kid, you were the answer to focus on.
I treated and cured a UTI naturally as follows:-
Garlic is a natural antibiotic, must be crushed and must be raw to activate best & lots of it (might have to reduce socialising!) - try in salad dressing.
VERY HIGH dosage cranberry tablets are best - I use 30,000mg per day, any less not as effective.
Watermelon - eat as much as you can for breakfast and all morning but nothing else (it will flush out your urinary tract), do this for a few days.
Steamed asparagus with meals also great
Warm water with lemon juice first thing
Soup include ALL following superfoods each have great properties for treating UTIs - Leeks, garlic, potato, onion, celery, barley, asparagus, rosemary, sage, thyme & parsley
Pumpkin seeds (I made up a mix of nuts & dried cranberries but avoid peanuts)
Pro-biotic yoghurt &/or acidophilous tablets
Include following fruit as snacks: blackcurrants, redcurrants, rhaspberries, blueberries, figs, grapes (I had these mixed berries with yoghurt & sprinkled chopped almonds for dessert every day, or in a smoothie)
Increase antioxidants - lots of stir fry veg, salads (also included acai berry powder daily, but this is optional) - to strengthen immune system to fight off infection
Avoid sugar and alcohol like the plague!
Drink loads of water (2-3 litres per day)
Also, get plenty of rest
A word of caution on this one from someone who recently self-treated using alka seltzer and bicarbonate of soda, and instead of having the usual UTI, ended up with a full-blown kidney infection. My thoughts on this are:
The burning sensation is actually your body's natural anti-bodies trying to fight off the infection. When using alka seltzer/bicarbonate of soda, although you may be able to effectively keep the acid at bay, they do nothing to help the infection and because the alka seltzer/bicarbonate of soda were combating the acid (the body's natural fighting mechanism), the infection was able to grow and travel up to my kidneys.
For anyone who has a UTI, I would suggest to try eating lots of citrus fruits, drinking lots of water and if it isn't gone within 12 hours, then contact your doctor and get some antibiotics.
Since the scare with the kidney infection, I have changed my diet to include 8 glasses of water a day, cranberry supplements, vitamin C and although I don't like citrus fruits, I have been adding lots of lemon juice to my drinks. I'm hoping this will prevent me from getting any further infections.
Are there any remedies, old or NEW that will help me from getting bladder infections so often? I know the usual things, if you have anything unusual I would love to hear about it. I am trying to drink more distilled water and have less caffeine and such. Is there anything else I SHOULD be doing for this?
PINK from Seattle, WA
I've had a really bad bladder infection for a few days now. I don't get them very often, but this is the worst. The pain is almost unbearable when I use the restroom. What can I do to get rid of it ASAP?
An Alka-Seltzer at the first signs of a bladder infection will kill it. I've tried it and didn't develop any further symptoms. Perhaps they should add this remedy to box.
A shot of Apple Cider Vinegar in the a.m. and before bedtime. I mix it with about a half glass of water so it doesn't burn the back of my throat. I will use the baking soda for only three days because it has so much sodium. The Apple Cider Vinegar can be used everyday. It's good for indigestion too. Just good for you! (If you can handle the taste)
A shot of Apple Cider Vinegar in the a.m. and before bedtime. I usually dilute it with water so it doesn't burn my throat so bad. Lemon Aid-with no sugar added. Stay away from sugar. Lemon in some unsweetened tea if you need more flavor. I try to limit my baking soda treatments because of the sodium.
My doctor told me to totally empty the bladder each time I go. I pee until I'm finished but then wait just 15 seconds or so, and then I can pee a bit more.
I saw a couple suggestions here that are somewhat similar. It works for me.