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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:
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.
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 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.
Urethritis may cause burning in the penis, especially during urination. It also may be caused by microorganisms that are transmitted through sexual contact, including gonorrhea and chlamydia.
Use condoms to prevent infections transmitted through sexual contact.
Use only white unscented and unbleached toilet paper - you may react to the dyes and chemicals in the other toilet papers. Unbleached toilet paper is better to reduce any possible chlorine exposure and the environmental contamination that comes from the bleaching process.
Wash the penis and hands with soap and water. If condoms are used during anal contact, be sure to change condoms.
If not, drink 10-12 ounces of water immediately after intercourse. It will cause you to urinate later and help flush the bacteria out.
*Based on various available sources and studies, our research and practical experience. Last updated on March 16, 2020.
Some men have already incorporated healthy habits. But no matter how hard they try, still they are prone to infections.
This multi-herbal formula, accompanied by the time-tested practical steps, not only can help you fight urinary tract infections, but also prevent them from coming back, so you will feel on top of the world again!
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