I have a personal experience with having a UTI, or Urinary Tract Infection. It is an illness where there is a growth of bacteria in your urinary tract lining. This can happen when you fail to urinate when you feel like you need to pee. People working in offices and those who cannot just leave their job post immediately when nature calls them, are those that are more likely to have UTI problems. Do you know that I had suffered from this kind of disease for 2 months? I never thought the only way to stop bacteria from growing when you have UTI is Cranberry.
Do you know that I had suffered from a urinary tract infection for 2 months? I never thought that I could stop bacteria from growing during a UTI by drinking cranberry juice.
When I have had a UTI in the past, I searched for possible remedies. I tried baking soda. I put a teaspoonful in a glass full of water and drank it. I also tried apple cider honey. While researching, I found out that cranberry has been stopping the growth of bacteria in the body and it works fast. The proanthocyanidins, or PACs, in cranberries are responsible for stopping the bacteria from attaching themselves to the urinary tract lining. The bacteria involved when you have UTI is E. coli. We get the bacteria from foods that contain it and of course, from some dirty things we touched at home that we are not aware of and we fail to watch our hands immediately.
From personal experience, the antibiotic that was prescribed by the doctor lessens the presence of bacteria in my urinary tract lining, but there is still a growing of bacteria that is happening. Only cranberry helped me to stop the bacteria from growing. By drinking cranberry juice for solid 5 days, I got a zero bacteria result. Specifically, I drink cranberry juice from Welch (in the picture). Actually, the cranberry fruit is more effective than the juice because the juice contains little sugar. But it still it works for me. I am sharing this to help others because it is painful if you have UTI. It sometimes causes bleeding when a urinary tract infection gets severe.
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Disclaimer: The author is sharing her personal experience and is not a medical professional. If you think you have a urinary tract infection, you should see your doctor to discuss treatment with cranberry juice or cranberry supplements or extract, or with other conventional or alternative approaches.