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Our body is constantly challenged by all kinds of bacteria, both commensal (as a part of our normal flora) and pathogenic (infectious). At the same time, antimicrobial molecules, constantly secreted by our innate immune system, protect the body from bacterial overgrowth and keep in balance our microbiota – all micro-organisms and viruses coexisting in the gastrointestinal tract.
It is a very complex and sophisticated defense mechanism, as our normal flora contains approximately one hundred trillion bacteria covering the entire body and living in our gut.
Bladder infections occur when uropathogenic bacteria get through the urethra into the bladder. It’s said that some men are more prone to infections than others, because they – for some reason – don’t expel bacteria well enough from the urinary tract.
Although some doctors say that there’s no good way to prevent infections – they just occur, it is worth to know and remember that incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle can greatly reduce your risk of UTIs.
As an old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, a little precaution is preferable to a lot of “fixing up” afterwards.
Here’s the age-proven advice for preventing UTIs that is well worth memorizing and practicing, and consequently being added to the list of your good habits.
Keep the genital area clean. Less than careful hygiene, especially after developing loose stools or diarrhea, is one of the most frequent causes of recurrent bladder infections. Although some doctors argue that hygiene is hardly the issue with UTIs. Some men have bacteria in their urine, but it does not necessarily means that they have an infection.
Drinking enough water, preferably purified and room-temperature, keeps the bladder empty and free of bacteria. However, there are three general rules of thumb to follow; therefore, you should drink:
You may be able to decrease the chance that you will develop an infection by drinking more water daily. So, do drink a lot of water, even if you’re not thirsty.
Do not resist the urge to urinate, especially if you have a history of frequent UTIs. Holding in pee for too long can cause bacteria to multiply. If you do not drink enough liquids the bladder is not telling the body to pee often enough. This can cause bacteria to spread through the urinary tract, leading to infection. So, go to the bathroom to urinate regularly, even if you don’t feel as though you need to.
Wear cotton, breathable underwear. By providing the best ventilation, it is your best friend when it comes to preventing UTIs. Synthetic fabrics hold in moisture from sweat way more than cotton does, and any tight, damp environment is a breeding ground for bacteria. At night, you can either sleep without underwear or wear loose-fitting boxers or shorts.
Wear loose pants. Clothes that are too tight can increase the spread of bacteria. Changing your clothes (and underwear) often can stop bacteria from traveling into your urinary tract, sparing you from a UTI.
Bubble baths, perfumed bath oils, and strong soaps may irritate the urethra.
While water comes from above from the shower head and drains into the drain, so there is a continuous flow of water. Avoid prolonged baths as sitting in a tub allows bacteria to reach the bladder opening area.
Use condoms to prevent infections transmitted through sexual contact. Even if you are lucky enough to have a quite long urethra, it’s still better to wear a condom and discard it, especially after anal sex. And do not use the same condom for vaginal penetration.
Sexual intercourse from behind, more socially acceptable than in the past and often unprotected, usually leads to unexplained urological, genito-urinary symptoms. Sexually active homosexual men are at increased risk of acute UTIs. Escherichia coli, for example, may contribute to non-gonococcal urethritis in these men. Heterosexuals who engage in intercourse from behind are also exposed to a similar risk.
If not possible, drink 10-12 ounces of water immediately after intercourse. It will cause you to urinate later and help flush the harmful bacteria out of of urethra.
Wash your penis and hands with soap and water. If condoms are used during anal contact, be sure to change condoms. And, after anal sex do not use the same condom for vaginal penetration.
As there is a little seminal fluid still left in the urethra, some men have an urge to pass water after sex. Some leftover sperm creates a natural sensation of fullness.
*Based on various available sources and studies, our research and practical experience. Last updated on May 27, 2020.
Many men have already incorporated healthy lifestyle and eating habits. But no matter how hard they try, still they are prone to urinary infections and prescription drug treatments seem to be the only option available.
Why? Because they believe, and/or have been told, that their condition is much TOO SERIOUS for the natural measures that can encourage the inbuilt healing mechanisms of their body.
If you happen to belong to this category, you should try our naturopathic Uribiotic Formula, as it can be the right way to remedy your problem, simply by making your urinary tract much more resistant to opportunistic uropathogenic bacteria.
This multi-herbal formula, accompanied by the time-tested practical steps, not only can help you fight off urinary tract infections, but also prevent them from coming back, so you will feel on top of the world again!
What sets Uribiotic Formula apart from the anti-UTI drugs is its ability heal the urethral lining after an infection is gone. Prescription antibiotics lack this ability.
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