Can Fruit Juice Fight UTI?

UTI | Lemonade and kidney stones | Pacific Urology

Yes – even prevent UTIs – and juices help cure other urologic ailments as well.

Urinary tract infections, also known as UTIs, are infections in any part of the urinary tract including the bladder, ureter and urethra. These pesky infections are the cause of approximately 8 million doctor visits annually.

One in three women have had a UTI, making this condition much more prevalent among women than men. When urinary tract infections occur in children or men, it can be a sign of an abnormality in the urinary tract. Symptoms of these infections include pain during urination, urinary urgency and frequency, and bleeding.

Cranberry juice has been shown to help fight, as well as prevent, UTIs. Instead of killing the bacteria, as antibiotics do, the juice is capable of making the bacteria less sticky, not allowing it to attach to the walls of the bladder. But cranberry juice contains a salt, oxalate, that can build up and produce certain kinds of kidney stones. Therefore, it is important to take into consideration your health history, so you are not causing one urinary disorder while treating another.

Lemonade and kidney stones

Kidney stones are well known as one of the most painful urological conditions. They are crystals made up of the excess oxalate salt formed by the body that collects in the kidneys. They are responsible for approximately 3 million doctor visits annually.

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Kidney stones are more common in Caucasians than in African-Americans. This condition is prevalent among men starting in their 40s, with increasing risks as they get closer to their 70s. Women’s prevalence peaks in their 50s.

Many people are capable of passing the kidney stones on their own without a doctor’s intervention. If the kidney stone doesn’t pass on its own, there are multiple ways for physicians to remove them without major surgery.

Lemonade is a very simple way to help break down your kidney stones if you’re trying to pass it on its own. The juice increases citrate levels, inhibiting stone formation and causing stone decay.

When dealing with any sort of urological disease, it is important to increase your fluid intake so you are urinating 1 ½ to 2 liters a day. Whether you are drinking cranberry juice for bladder infections or lemonade for kidney stones, the increase in water in conjunction with the juice will help flush out your bladder.

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