UTI home remedy: Pure cranberry juice
Istock/thinkstock Medical researchers learned as early as the 1840s that the hippuric acid in cranberries inhibits the growth of E. coli bacteria, the most common cause of UTI—here are some of the signs you have a UTI. Hippuric acid also keeps E. coli from adhering to the urinary tract walls, and from spreading from the bladder to the kidneys. Pure cranberry juice contains antioxidants that remove the bond between bacteria and the urethra walls, and that weaken bacteria. For a natural remedy, drink three 8-ounce servings of pure cranberry juice—make sure it’s not a juice “cocktail,” which contains lots of sugar—or, eating 1/2 cup of dried cranberries might help, according to a small Harvard study.
UTI home remedy: Blueberry juice
istock/thinkstock If cranberry juice is too bitter, pure blueberry juice also contains antioxidants that help fights UTIs in a similar way. As with cranberry juice, drink three 8-ounce glasses when you’re experiencing symptoms or snack on 1/2 cup of blueberries. This is the simple way to prevent recurrent UTIs.