In order to avoid getting a UTI in the first place, it’s important to take good care of yourself in general and to do everything possible to minimise the risks of contracting a UTI. Here are some other good habits you can adopt to prevent UTIs:
Wipe from front to back every time you urinate or move your bowels. This will help to stop bacteria from the anal region spreading to your vagina and urethra.
Empty your bladder as soon as possible after intercourse. You should also drink a full glass of water to help flush out any lingering bacteria.
Avoid using feminine care products in the genital area, such as douches and powders. These can irritate the urethra and contribute to an infection.
Increase your vitamin C intake. Eating foods rich in vitamin C, such as red peppers, oranges and kiwis, will help to kill off bacteria in your urine.
Eat foods containing probiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms that help balance the bacteria in your body, and certain studies have suggested that they might prevent UTIs. These can be found in fermented foods like kefir, kombucha and kimchi, or they can be taken in supplement form.
You might also be wondering: Can cranberry juice prevent a UTI?
Some clinical research suggests that cranberry juice or cranberry pills (such as Cranmed) contain compounds that can prevent E.coli cells from adhering to cells in the urinary tract, therefore reducing the risk of infection. They also contain antioxidants and polyphenols that can help to reduce bacteria and inflammation, but cranberry juice and cranberry tablets have not been proven to treat UTIs.