Healing Kitchen

Urinary Tract Infections
Nature's remedies have proven to be beneficial for urinary tract infections (UTIs). Cranberries help acidify the urine, which can prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract. Because undiluted cranberry juice contains higher amounts of active ingredients, it should be chosen over presweetened juice for the best effects. Foods high in vitamin C work synergistically with cranberry to protect against UTIs.

While on an antibiotic course to treat a UTI, healthy bacteria in the urinary and digestive tract may be extinguished. Acidophilus and bifidus help keep healthy bacteria in the digestive and urinary tract by reintroducing "friendly" flora to the environment.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

Acidophilus may be important for anyone taking antibiotics to treat an infection. Acidophilus helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract, which should contain approximately 85% Lactobacilli and 14% coliform bacteria.
Leading Food Sources of acidophilus: Yogurt

vitamin C
Vitamin C helps to acidify urine. As a result, the bladder is a less appealing environment for harmful bacteria to colonize. Vitamin C also reinforces the body's immune defenses.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Strawberries, Potatoes, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Kiwi fruit, Oranges

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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