Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

Reviewed by Aleksandra Morgan, CNP

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common health concern that can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. While conventional treatments such as antibiotics are often effective, they may come with side effects and the risk of antibiotic resistance. Fortunately, there are several natural remedies and preventative measures that can help manage UTIs and reduce the likelihood of recurrence without a visit to the waiting room. Let’s explore the causes of UTIs and natural remedies for both treating and preventing these common, uncomfortable infections. 

Understanding Urinary Tract Infections 

A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria, usually from the digestive tract, enter the urinary tract and multiply, leading to inflammation and infection. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, a burning sensation during urination, cloudy or discolored urine, strong urine odor, and pelvic pain. UTIs can affect different parts of the urinary tract, including the bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis), and kidneys (pyelonephritis). Women are more prone to UTIs due to their shorter urethra, which allows bacteria easier access to the bladder. Some UTIs are more complex than others, and we recommend seeking medical treatment if you are having any pain or tenderness that may indicate the UTI has progressed to the kidneys.

Conventional Treatments

The standard treatment for UTIs typically involves a course of antibiotics to kill the bacteria that is causing the infection. While antibiotics are effective in most cases, they can disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the body and lead to side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, and yeast infections. Moreover, overuse of antibiotics can contribute to antibiotic resistance, making future infections harder to treat. 

Here are some natural remedies for preventing, managing, and treating UTIs: 

  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps flush out bacteria from the urinary tract, reducing the risk of infection. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. 
  • Cranberry juice: Cranberries contain compounds that can prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract, reducing the risk of infection. We recommend unsweetened cranberry juice or cranberry supplements. 
  • Probiotics: Probiotics, found in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut, help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut and urinary tract, reducing the risk of UTIs. A probiotic supplement may also be a great option. 
  • D-Mannose: D-Mannose is a type of sugar that can help prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract. It's available in supplement form and can be taken as a preventive measure or during an active infection. 
  • Herbal Remedies: Several herbs, including golden rod, yarrow, and juniper, have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help manage UTIs. These herbs are often available as supplements, tinctures, or as herbal teas. 

Here are a few of our favorite supplements to prevent and soothe urinary tract infections: 

NFH CRANBERRY SAP-UTI - Cranberries have been used medicinally for ages. They contain compounds called proanthocyanidins, which stop bacteria like E. coli from sticking to the urinary tract walls, preventing infections. This supplement contains the compounds from cranberries that are key to preventing UTIs. 

AOR UTI CLEANSE POWDER - UTI Cleanse is a supplement combining cranberry juice extract and D-mannose to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). It targets E. coli bacteria, a common cause of UTIs, and helps flush them from the body. This unique formula offers safe and effective relief from acute UTIs and helps prevent their recurrence without the side-effects associated with antibiotics.  

GENESTRA HMF UTI - This  is a probiotic formula with added cranberry extract to support women's urinary health and prevent recurrent UTIs. It contains five probiotic strains, including L. gasseri, and Cranberry fruit extract, which reduces bacteria sticking to bladder cells.  

FRANCIS HERB FARM UTI CLEAR - This is an herbal tincture formula designed to alleviate urinary tract infections. It includes goldenrod and juniper for their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, respectively. Dandelion acts as a diuretic and liver tonic, while horsetail reduces risk of kidney stones and strengthens bladder and urethral walls. Hydrangea prevents urinary stones, while echinacea and yarrow provide antiseptic qualities. Marshmallow soothes inflammation in the genito-urinary tract. This is a great, multi-faceted herbal option for UTI relief and overall urinary health.

UTIVA URINARY TRACT INFECTION TEST STRIPS - provides a convenient and simple way to check for early signs of urinary tract infections at home. With quick results available in just 2 minutes, this urine test is accurate and uses the same dipstick as medical clinics and doctors. Utiva Urinary Tract Infection Test Strips detect leukocytes and nitrites, indicating the presence of infection. While these tests are a great at-home starting point, consulting with a healthcare practitioner is still important, as a urine culture may be needed for confirmation. 

Urinary tract infections can be uncomfortable and disruptive, but they can often be managed and prevented using natural remedies and lifestyle changes. While antibiotics may be necessary in some cases, incorporating natural remedies like cranberry juice, probiotics, and herbal supplements can help reduce the frequency and severity of UTIs while minimizing the risk of side effects associated with conventional treatments. By taking a holistic approach to urinary tract health, you can effectively manage UTIs and maintain optimal urinary tract function. 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider regarding any medical condition, dietary changes, or supplementation.