Say bye-bye to the UTI. Find out the best ways to get a handle on UTIs by learning how to prevent them.
Let’s talk UTIs. We all get them. Urinary tract infections can be quite disruptive, especially if they keep coming back. Unfortunately, some people are more prone to these pesky infections than others. But fear not, we got you! There really are ways that do help prevent UTIs from occurring. Backed by science and a bit of trial and error, check out these tips to make UTIs a thing of the past.
Easy Tips to Prevent UTIs
Say buh-bye to the UTI. Those days of having a frequent urge to pee and pain while doing so can be a thing of the past. UTIs occur when bacteria enters the urinary system (kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra). The most common is E. coli bacteria. Here are some easy ways to incorporate preventative methods into your daily life to keep a UTI from happening.
- Drink lots and lots of water: H2O really does help. Urinating frequently allows bacteria to be flushed before an infection can even begin. If you don’t love plain water, try bubbly water or lemon water.
- Wipe from front to back: Seems like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people quickly wipe and don’t pay attention to the direction. The idea is to stay away from the buttocks area so that any lingering bacteria from number 2, doesn’t go near your urethra.
- Practice good sexual hygiene: Doing the deed (intercourse) can cause bacteria and microbes to enter the urinary tract. The best way to avoid a UTI is to urinate before and after sex. A shower after sex will also keep things fresh and clean. Be sure to always change condoms too, especially after (anal). We said it.
- Feminine products: Stay away from douche and scented feminine products. They can irritate and disrupt the vagina’s natural cleaning system and throw off the delicate pH balance in your body.
- Take a look at your birth control: Diaphragms, unlubricated condoms, or spermicide treated condoms can all lead to bacterial growth. Wash anything reusable after sex and use water-based lube. Scented or flavored ones can also throw off your vaginal pH.
- Probiotics: Probiotics restore the good bacteria that the bad bacteria can kill. You can take supplements or eat foods rich in probiotics, like yogurt, kefir, raw sauerkraut, or kombucha.
- Cranberry & D-Mannose supplements: These two powerhouse ingredients help block bacteria from forming and promote a healthy bladder. Try Checkable's Urinary Tract Balance for a perfect blend of ingredients, including D-Mannose, cranberry juice powder, hibiscus, and natural dandelion herb.
There you have it. Those tips should help rid recurrent UTIs as long as you follow the instructions. If you find you are still getting UTIs on the reg, it may be a good time to visit your gynecologist for a check-up. In the meantime, make a cranberry smoothie with yogurt and enjoy feeling good.