How to Cure Urinary Tract Infections Without Antibiotics

Updated on March 3, 2017
JCielo profile image

As a researcher and author, John provides information in an easy-to-understand way that helps readers understand their condition.

Before going into detail about how to cure urinary tract infections (UTIs) without antibiotics, please watch this video and listen to internationally renowned Dr. Joseph Mercola as he discusses urinary tract health issues and how to treat a UTI naturally.

How to Cure UTI - Dr. Mercola

Here's a short summary of the key issues raised by Dr. Mercola:

Size of Problem

  • some 50% of women in the US have urinary tract infection issues
  • around 11 million visits to health professionals
  • 10 times more women than men suffer UTIs -- added by me

Symptoms and Signs

  • burning sensation when urinating
  • more frequent urination
  • less flow-through than usual
  • cloudy or dark urine color

Prevention is Better Than Cure

  • 16 x more effort and resources to treat an infection than to prevent it

Prevention Through Lifestyle Changes

  • drink plenty of water
  • go to the bathroom when you feel the need -- not holding it in
  • wipe from front to back to prevent bacterial contamination
  • empty bladder after intercourse and scrupulously clean the area
  • shower instead of bathing
  • avoid non-natural feminine hygiene products - use only natural products

Try to Avoid Antibiotics

Doctors will usually propose antibiotics to cure urinary tract infections but these kill your good bacteria as well as your bad. You can use natural home remedies for urinary tract infections. Dr. Mecola suggests:

  • taking good bacteria (probiotics) through food and / or supplements
  • taking cranberry extract tablets - not juice (unless guaranteed sugar-free: my note)
  • taking D-Mannose which is a naturopathic remedy for urinary tract infections.

How to Cure Urinary Tract Infections Without Antibiotics

If you already have a urinary tract infection here are 5 ways to help treat it naturally, without antibiotics, two of which Dr. Mercola mentioned in his video.

1. Cranberry Tablets

Cranberries contain antioxidant compounds called 'proanthocyanins' which prevent bacteria sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and multiplying. This also makes it easier for bacteria to be flushed out of the system. In addition, it is thought that cranberries help to deodorize urine.

300 mg to 400 mg of pure cranberry tablets, twice daily, is recommended by The American Academy of Family Physicians.

It also recommends 8 ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice 3 times per day as an alternative.

2. Raw Garlic

Garlic has been used for centuries because of its natural antibiotic properties and is a popular home remedy for urinary tract infections.

Add 2 mashed cloves to 8 ounces of hot water and steep for 5 - 10 minutes. Drink 2 cups per day until the symptoms disappear.

Alternatively, mix a few drops of olive oil into 2 well-mashed cloves and swallow directly (don't chew) with a spoon. The oil is there to protect the stomach.

And, of course, you can add fresh garlic to as much food as you can, e.g., dips, dressings, salads, etc.

3. Parsley Infusion

Parsley has many adherents when it comes to treating urinary tract infections. It has natural diuretic properties which helps to increase urine flow and so flush bacteria out of the urinary tract.

It contains apiol, a volatile oil that acts as an antiseptic, helping to kill or inhibit bacteria in the urinary tract .

It also has natural anti-inflammatory properties to help ease the inflammation and pain of UTI.

  • Bring 4 cups of water to the boil and leave to cool slightly, i.e. so not at boiling temperature.
  • Finely chop-up 4 heaped teaspoons of parsley.
  • Add to the water and leave to infuse for about 20 minutes.
  • Strain.
  • Drink 4 cups per day for 7 days.
  • By day 3 you should find the symptoms greatly reduced and by day 7 they should have gone.

Note: Not to be used by pregnant women, since some chemicals in the parsley can induce uterine contractions and raise fetal heart rate.

4. Probiotics

Probiotics are naturally occurring live microorganisms (sometimes called 'friendly bacteria') in your body that help to keep bad bacteria in check and fight infection. They can also be found in certain foods and in supplements.

Antibiotics kill good bacteria as well as bad, so that the increased use of antibiotics has lead to our beneficial bacteria numbers becoming increasingly compromised. Thus there are more and more advocates for supplementing the body's natural friendly bacteria as an essential health strategy.

Furthermore, research carried out by the University of Washington and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2011, suggests that taking probiotics may help to combat chronic urinary tract infections.

Although probiotic intravaginal suppositories were used in the research, probiotics are also available in capsule form at pharmacies, health food stores and online. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are commonly used strains.

And, of course, you can get probiotics in foods such as, unsweetened natural yogurt, pickles, fermented foods, miso soup, dark chocolate, and more.

5. Baking Soda

Baking soda neutralizes the acidity of your urine thus helping to decrease the 'burning' sensation as you urinate when you have a urinary tract infection. It also provides a urinary environment which helps to discourage bacterial growth.

Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in an 8 ounce glass of water. Drink a glass 3 times a day for 2 days. If the symptoms are still there after 2 days then stop this particular remedy.

Note: Go to a salt-free diet whilst taking baking soda as it is high in sodium. But if you suffer from high blood pressure you should not use this remedy at all.

Important

Never ignore the symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Left untreated the infection can spread to the kidneys where it can cause kidney disease, septicaemia and even death.

At the very first signs, consult with your doctor / physician for a correct diagnosis. Then discuss with them the advisability of using natural treatments instead of, or in conjunction with, antibiotics.

References for How to Cure Urinary Tract Infections

  • http://www.uhs.umich.edu/uti
  • http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-urinary-tract-infections-basics
  • http://www.ehow.com/way_5539039_alternative-cures-urinary-tract-infection.html
  • http://www.reddremedies.com/Supporting-Urinary-Tract-Health.html
  • http://www.livestrong.com/article/403676-will-fresh-garlic-help-heal-a-urinary-tract-infection/
  • http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/04/01/cid.cir183.abstract?sid=8d29a931-4a68-4eee-bf61-3d2a1d510fa8

Disclaimer

The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for proper medical diagnosis, treatment or advice, and you should not assume that it is. Always consult your health-care provider / physician / doctor before taking any medications, natural remedies, supplements, or making any major changes to your diet.

Has this Hub been helpful?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Michele 

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you. I will discuss these remedies with my doctor. I have a bad UTI right now, and while antibiotics usually do the trick, I’d like to see how these food/supplement suggestions might work. Just as a side note, there should be a disclaimer included that if the symptoms don’t resolve or get worse, a physician should be consulted—as you mentioned, a UTI can quickly turn into a much bigger problem. Still, I appreciate the tips, a couple of which I’d never heard of before.

    • profile image

      Irene Tasker 

      14 months ago

      Will try some of the remedies you advise, as I have A UTI nearly all the time even with antibiotics. I will try the cranberries first then the parsley.its a nightmare for me as I play golf and it can be very embarrassing. Thankyou

    • profile image

      Haniya 

      17 months ago

      amazing article

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoy fresh garlic daily just finely chopped on my food the best flavour comes from this old herb

    • JCielo profile imageAUTHOR

      JCielo 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks Rajan. Your comments are always respected and appreciated.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very informative and useful as always John. You always present facts so well. Thanks.

      voted up and useful.

    • JCielo profile imageAUTHOR

      JCielo 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks catgypsy. Hope this helps your friend.

    • catgypsy profile image

      catgypsy 

      5 years ago from the South

      Great hub and it came at a good time for me. A friend of mine keeps getting these and I will pass this on to her. Thanks!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, remedygrove.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://remedygrove.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)