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Food to Avoid UTI

Food to Avoid UTI

UTIs are one of the most common infections in women. They can be treated with antibiotics, which can be costly and inconvenient. In this article, we'll discuss the best foods to avoid if you want to prevent a UTI.

What is Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)?

UTI is an infection in the urinary tract. The most common type is a UTI caused by bacteria, but UTIs can also be caused by fungi or parasites. When the urethra becomes inflamed, urine can't flow out and it becomes difficult to urinate. 

Symptoms of a UTI may include discomfort when getting up from a sitting or lying position, frequent need to go to the bathroom, cloudy or bloody urine, burning when passing urine, and a strong smell. If left untreated, UTIs can lead to more serious complications such as bladder infection (UTI), kidney infection (UTI), and even infertility. There are many things you can do to prevent UTIs, including avoiding sexual activity while infected and washing your hands regularly.

Causes of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

There are many potential causes of urinary tract infections (UTIs). These can include bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that get into the urinary tract through contact with the environment or with urine. Damage to the bladder or urethra from a previous UTI, smoking, drinking alcohol excessively, and using certain medications (such as some antibiotics) can also lead to UTIs.

Some people are more likely to develop UTIs than others. Women are typically more likely to experience UTIs than men, and people ages 65 and older are particularly prone to them. factors that may increase your risk of developing a UTI include:

- Having a weakened immune system due to illness, age, or radiation therapy

- having sexual relationships with someone who is infected with an STD

- using public toilets that do not have good sanitation practices

- wearing loose-fitting clothing that allows moisture and bacteria to accumulate around the genital area

Foods to Avoid 

There are many foods that can aggravate UTI, so it is important to be aware of what to avoid. Some of the most common culprits include:

Acidic Foods

Because they contain vitamin C, some acidic foods may help prevent UTIs, but if you already have an active UTI you may want to avoid them. Acidic meals can aggravate bladder irritation, especially if the irritation is already present due to an active illness.

- Tomatoes

- Citrus fruits

- Berries

Spicy Foods

Eating spicy food may aggravate discomfort by irritating the lining of your bladder, similar to eating acidic food. Black, cayenne, and spicy peppers like jalapenos should all be avoided.

If you don't currently have a UTI, eating spicy food is OK. Outside of a urinary tract infection that is actively infected, there is no need to be afraid of spicy meals because they may aid in weight loss, reduce inflammation, and lengthen your life.

Caffeine

Because caffeine is a diuretic, it causes you to urinate more frequently. Caffeine should be avoided if you have a UTI since it may make symptoms like urination burning more often.

Dehydration, which can intensify symptoms like burning while peeing, may also be made worse by caffeine.

Alcohol

Although drinking alcohol doesn't increase your chance of getting a UTI, it can make an existing infection worse in your bladder. Alcohol increases urination in a manner similar to caffeine, which may heighten the severity and frequency of UTI symptoms.

Soda

Sodas may increase symptoms in someone who has a bladder infection and have been observed to irritate the bladder in persons who have chronic bladder inflammation. Caffeinated sodas and citrus-flavored sodas, like your favorite lemon-lime combo, are to blame for exacerbating urinary tract infection symptoms.

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