How to Naturally Treat Urinary Tract Infections: Tips and Precautions

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Urinary tract infections, common yet bothersome, significantly impact the daily lives of many people. While medical options remain essential, exploring natural solutions can be a valuable addition to prevent their occurrence or support medical treatment.

What Is a Urinary Tract Infection?

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A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria invade the urinary system, which can affect the bladder, urethra, ureters, or kidneys. Typical symptoms include frequent urges to urinate, a burning sensation during urination, and sometimes the presence of blood in the urine. (1, 2)

Natural Methods for Treating and Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

1. Hydration: The Key to Prevention

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Drinking plenty of water is crucial for making the urine less concentrated and encouraging frequent bathroom visits, thus helping to flush bacteria from the bladder. For tips on incorporating this healthy habit into your daily routine, check out our dietitian’s advice on how to drink more water every day. (3)

2. The Benefits of Cranberry

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Cranberry juice is known for its preventive properties against urinary tract infections. It prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder walls. Opt for pure, unsweetened juice to fully enjoy its benefits. However, it does not replace medical treatment if an infection is already present. (4)

3. Vitamin C: A Powerful Ally

Increasing your vitamin C intake can make the urine more acidic, which helps combat bacteria. (5) Oranges, kiwis, and bell peppers are excellent sources. Incorporate them into your meals, perhaps with a delicious Sparkling Kiwi, Lime, and Rosemary Lemonade.

4. The Importance of Probiotics

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Probiotics, especially Lactobacillus strains, help support a healthy bacterial flora, including in the urinary tract. (6) These beneficial bacteria help balance the microorganisms in these areas, thus preventing harmful bacteria from settling and multiplying. For more information on specific strains and their dosages, read our article "Should I Take Probiotics?".

5. Hygiene and Daily Habits

Adopting good hygiene practices is crucial to minimize the risk of bacterial transfer and thus prevent infections. (7)

  • Urinate after sexual intercourse
  • Clean the intimate area from front to back
  • Choose loose clothing and natural fibers to allow your skin to breathe and reduce moisture

The Importance of Medical Consultation

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It's crucial to see a doctor if you suspect a urinary tract infection, especially if you experience severe symptoms like fever, back pain, or nausea. Untreated urinary tract infections can lead to serious complications.

Combating Urinary Tract Infections with the Right Approach

Although some natural methods may help prevent or complement the treatment of urinary tract infections, they do not replace professional medical advice and treatments. Hydration, a balanced diet rich in vitamin C, and good hygiene can play a significant preventive role. Remember, health begins with a proper consultation: don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with your doctor for a treatment plan tailored to your situation.

If you're looking for personalized nutritional advice to improve your well-being, schedule an appointment with one of our registered dietitians nutritionists. Together, we can develop a plan suited to your needs to help you live a healthier life.



  1. Professional, C. C. M. (n.d.). Urinary tract infections. Cleveland Clinic. 
  2. Urinary tract infection (UTI) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic. (2022, September 14). Mayo Clinic. 
  3. Schaeffer, E. M. (2020). Re: Effect of Increased Daily Water Intake in Premenopausal Women with Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections: A Randomized Clinical Trial. The Journal of Urology, 203(4), 644–645. 
  4. Jepson, R., Williams, G., & Craig, J. C. (2012). Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections. The Cochrane Library, 2014(6). 
  5. Sihra, N., Goodman, A., Zakri, R., Sahai, A., & Malde, S. (2018). Nonantibiotic prevention and management of recurrent urinary tract infection. Nature Reviews Urology, 15(12), 750–776. 
  6. Grin, P. M., Kowalewska, P. M., Alhazzan, W., & Fox‐Robichaud, A. (2013). Lactobacillus for preventing recurrent urinary tract infections in women: meta-analysis. PubMed, 20(1), 6607–6614. 
  7. Garofalo, C., Hooton, T. M., Martin, S. M., Stamm, W. E., Palermo, J. J., Gordon, J. I., & Hultgren, S. J. (2007). Escherichia coli from Urine of Female Patients with Urinary Tract Infections Is Competent for Intracellular Bacterial Community Formation. Infection and Immunity, 75(1), 52–60. 
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