Urinary tract infections can be resolved by drinking plenty of water or by taking a cranberry supplement, vitamin C, a probiotic or 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, according to Everyday Health. Other treatments include reducing the consumption of irritating foods and taking herbal supplements.Continue Reading
The first step in fighting a UTI is drinking more water to flush the bacteria out of your system, according to Everyday Health. A patient should consume half his body weight in ounces of water daily. Cranberry supplements contain compounds that remove bacteria from the bladder wall, aiding in their removal. Vitamin C supplements make urine more acidic, which makes it difficult for bacteria to survive. Yogurt with live cultures can foster the growth of healthy bacteria over bad strains, which is even more important if an antibiotic is also being used to fight the UTI. Drinking 1/2 teaspoon baking soda mixed with water can provide relief from the burning sensation while urinating.
Spicy foods, carbonation, nicotine and caffeine can all add to the body's inflammatory response and slow the bladder's recovery time, according to Everyday Health. Patients should focus on eating healthy fats and high-fiber carbohydrates to avoid aggravating the bladder. Some herbal supplements may be useful in fighting UTI symptoms. Urva ursi has anti-inflammatory properties, and goldenseal helps the body fight E. coli.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases