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
Has anyone tried this other than the author? If it works it would be a fabulous UTI preventive as well.
I have used this recipe for years for indigestion. In fact it is better for you then Tums or Rolaids because it keeps the acids you need. My recipe for indigestion is 1/2 tsp. to 1/2 cup water.
Yes! I've used it for indigestion! I was unaware it might help with UTI's though. I have one now & the anti-biotic is not doing much.
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
"Pro-Biotics". you'll find them at Natural Food stores and some vitamin sections at regular stores. Someone advised me after 3 courses of Rx antibiotics didn't work. This did! I now take 2 every day to keep everything balanced. Works like a charm, but i like the Alka-Seltzer remedy, also.
I get minor UTIs periodically, and occasionally they have gotten quite painful. You guys have given some great advice. I have made a cranberry 100% juice blend (with other juices, but no sugar added) a part of my daily breakfast routine. Also a bit of probiotic yogurt every day. It is cheaper than probiotic supplements, though not as intensive if you need a strong dose at once. To save money, however, we make our own probiotic yogurt. It's easy. You start with a storebought probiotic yogurt for a starter. (You can buy yogurt cultures at the healthfood store, but storebought yogurt is quick and easy.) To make 4 cups of yogurt, boil 4 cups milk (for sterilizing), then let it sit and come back to room temperature. In the meantime, put 2 tablespoons of the yogurt in 4 cup container and leave then on the counter to bring to room temperature as well. (I use 2 two-cup jars. It works best if the container is just the right size--not bigger than you need.) Once the milk has cooled, add it to the container with the 2 tablespoons of yogurt and stir. Then seal the container and put it in the oven. Turn the oven light on. Leave it for 8-12 hours without stirring or anything (overnight works well). Then take it out and refrigerate. You have perfect probiotic yogurt that you can continue to use as starter for more, and it only costs the price of the milk!
I have UTI all the time I don't know why but I'm hoping this alka selter works they don't last very long but they are very painful. I will let you know if alka seltzer works I'm going to try it now.
Gee, seeing all these posts makes me realise why we need doctors, ppl will follow any stupid advice and possibly cause themselves more harm than anything. Alka seltzer, and all the urinary alkalinising agents only treat the SYMPTOMS, not the cause. Sometimes urinary tract infections will go away themselves. Cranberry juice will only help prevent UTI's from occurring, and you can buy tabs/caps also. Cranberry helps prevent the bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder and urinary tract. Urinary tract infections if not treated can work their way up to the kidneys and cause fever etc, very dangerous situation - leading to kidney failure and death, so see your doctor instead of stupid home remedies - maybe you dont have a UTI, maybe its an STD, if its recurring you maybe you have an anatomical abnormality or some impaiment in the body's capacity to keep out bugs. Also drinking lots of water doesnt hurt, and makes ppl think they are doing something about their condition, and if it does go away then it probably would have gone away anyways.
I tried this remedy 2 days ago for the first time after reading it in an e-mail my mother sent me. I get UTI's often and the typical AZO standard, cranberry pills and cranberry juice never help me. Upon first feeling the bladder pain in the morning, I took the Alka Seltzer and it helped with the pain immediately. The only downfall is that it made me feel extremely bloated. That night, the pain came back and I took the Alka Seltzer again, even when I was still feeling bloated because I was desperate for the pain to go away. I ate dinner shortly after and my stomach went crazy. Maybe I was only supposed to take it once? I'd drunk 1/2 a bottle of cranberry juice prior to taking the Alka Seltzer too so maybe that had an affect? I don't know, but that night, I was in the bathroom all night with nausea, vomiting, and horrible stomach pain which lasted throughout the night and the next morning. I went to my Dr. and was prescribed some antibiotics and am taking them now, but their effects take a while to kick in. I still took the Alka Seltzer for the pain yesterday, but it didn't work as well as the first day. I guess it works best when you catch it before it becomes severe.
I got my first uti last year at the age of 26 and I didn't know what it was, so it was left untreated for a couple of weeks, and led to a kidney infection. Please, whenever u get the first sign of a UTI you need to treat it. Because kidney infections are NO JOKE! The pain is terrible, you have hot and cold chills every hour, you lose your appetite, your back is in so much pain. Ii really just wanted to die because the pain was so bad (but I did lose 12 pounds because I didn't eat much). Now whenever I feel a uti coming on I start drinking lots of water and take AZO pills. Make sure before and after intercourse you wash thoroughly. An UTI, if untreated can become something deadly.
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
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
Take 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder and 1 teaspoon of honey put into a glass/cup add warm water and drink, it destroys germs in the bladder
This might sound funny, but one of my friends told me that japanese have a good remedy for less urine problems and cholesterol reduction.
It is simple, drink a glass of water, before eating anything in the morning. Stay atleast 30 minutes before taking breakfast.
This makes a lot of sense, we all know that early morning urine is usually more coloured, this is because we sleep without water for long hours. The body will be demanding water very much, by the time we wake up.
This is like flushing the system.
I even read in a magazine that the famous model Claudia Shiffer had a water bottle next to her bed and took it first early in the morning.
:) so this could be your formula to getting beautiful too.
If you have problem starting to pass urine, then wet your feet, this will help.
Urinating wile squatting empties the bladder better than doing it standing. I mean squat not sit on the toilet seat.
"Stagnant" urine in the bladder can lead to bladder infections. Going the minute you first feel the urge is good advice, but may not go far enough. Remember when you were a kid and your parents made you "go before you left the house", especially if you were going on a car trip -- and even if you didn't feel like you had to go, you managed to "squeeze out a few drops"? GO BY THE CLOCK, not the physical feeling of needing to go. Make yourself urinate every hour on the hour (or whatever timing works for you) so that the urine does not sit in the bladder. A couple days of this is usually enough for me. I also use the cranberry juice/capsules, and yogurt, as others have mentioned.
From the Health Food Store, I buy and keep on hand a Probiotic, Acidolphylus w/FOS, which keeps the mucous membranes of the body at the right balanced PH. I simply follow the instructions on the bottle and it has worked for me, my family, and everyone I've told for years on end. It's very natural and has been reliable. Good luck. : )
Always urinate after sex.
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??
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.