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Home Remedies for Treating Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections can range from minor annoyances to potentially-serious medical conditions, and they can also crop up with little or no warning.  While most infections can be easy to treat if they’re caught early enough, it may be a challenge to get prompt medical attention during a survival situation.  Fortunately, there are a few home remedies that can be helpful, and many people have reported experiencing relief following treatment.

Baking Soda

Mixing one rounded tablespoon of baking soda with a glass of fresh water is one of the easiest and popular forms of treatment.  All you need to do is drink a few glasses per day until symptoms begin to subside, usually after a week or so.  The power of baking soda lies in its ability to neutralize uric acid, cleanse the kidneys and promote the healing of sensitive and inflamed tissues.  Baking soda is also very gentle on the body, and it can also help to soothe a wide-range of other acid-based ailments as well.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar is considered to be one of the most potent and effective natural antibiotic and antiviral home remedies out there.  Best of all, using apple cider vinegar helps to eliminate the problem at the source, and this can reduce the chances of the infection coming back.  Add two tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of water and drink the remedy about 20 minutes before each meal, and continue treatment until the infection clears up.

Garlic

Crush a clove of garlic and let it rest for about 10 minutes in order to aerate.  Oxygen will activate the key ingredient in garlic, allicin, and turn this compound into a potent antibiotic.  You can eat the garlic whole before drinking a glass of water, or you can mix it with food if it is too pungent.  Just make sure to eat the garlic raw as heat and cooking will destroy the allicin. 

Probiotics

Probiotics are considered to be one of the most powerful natural remedies for a wide range of digestive ailments, and researchers believe they can also reduce the occurrence of yeast and urinary tract infections as well.  They work by introducing healthy bacteria into our bodies while suppressing the growth of harmful strains.  However, it’s important to eat probiotics on a regular basis in order to maintain healthy levels of bacteria in the digestive system and bladder.  They can also be used as a remedy, but it may take a few days to a week for good bacteria levels to accumulate to the point where they can kill off the ones that are causing the infection.

Cranberries

Cranberry juice is thought to inhibit the growth and reproduction of the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections.  However, it is also considered to be more-effective as a form of prevention instead of a cure.  Some studies suggest that drinking a glass of cranberry juice a few times a week can play an important role in preventing infections from occurring, especially in people who suffer from multiple infections over the course of a year.

Finally, it’s important to drink plenty of water, remain hydrated and urinate frequently in order to flush harmful bacteria from the body.  This will help to reduce the chances of infections from occurring as well as help the body to eliminate residual bacteria during and after treatment. 

Try to make sure that you include all of these items in your stockpile and emergency food supply.  It’s also a good idea to incorporate them into your daily diet since their health benefits extend far beyond treating infections when they crop up.

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