Oh, the delicate balance of vaginal flora. We work so hard to keep that area free from bad bacteria by using all the tricks our mothers’ taught us, like wiping front to back, drinking cranberry juice, and peeing after sex (Okay, maybe a friend let us in on that one). But somehow our bacteria still teeters out of equilibrium and the result is an uncomfortable urinary tract infection (UTI).
The truth is we can be doing a lot more to keep our bladder, urethra, and kidneys happy on a daily basis—things like strengthening immune function and reducing the use of antibiotics. It’s true some women are more susceptible to infections, like those who use a diaphragm or are post-menopausal, explains Dr. Jennifer Stagg, biochemist, naturopathic physician, and author of Unzip Your Genes. But making some natural long-term lifestyle adjustments will help keep you happy and your bacteria balanced—and you might even heal a few other imbalances along the way. Here are 7 natural UTI remedies and prevention methods from experts.
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