How to Prevent UTIs
- Pay attention to kitchen hygiene and regularly clean up. Bacteria like E. coli, which are present in meat liquids, can transfer from counter surfaces and kitchen utensils like knives and spatulas to your food, resulting in an infection. Clean and disinfect your countertops and high-touch surfaces thoroughly after handling meat products. Avoid touching your face or other surfaces while preparing uncooked meat. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap to get rid of any bacteria to eliminate the risk of it being transferred to your body.
- Cook your meat well. E. coli cannot tolerate high temperatures, so cooking meat properly can kill unwanted bacteria.
- Drink sufficient fluids, especially water. By drinking around six or more cups of water per day, you’ll be able to urinate often and thus clear out any UTI-causing bacteria.
- Consider taking cranberry supplements. Cranberries can help protect your urinary tract from bacteria and prevent recurrent UTIs. They are high in antioxidants and have bacteriostatic properties. Research shows that cranberry juice and supplements are excellent means of preventing a UTI.
- Maintain good personal hygiene. One way UTIs spread is through poop. In women, the anus is quite close to the urethral opening, so E. coli from your digested food can travel to your urinary tract, causing a UTI. Always wipe from front to back to avoid the risk of spreading the bacteria.
- Urinate and wash after sex. Flushing out all the surrounding bacteria that may have entered your urinary tract and vagina during penetrative sexual intercourse is essential to prevent UTIs. Urinating and cleaning your privates with water after sex helps combat pathogenic bacteria.
Diagnose UTIs at Home
If you need to diagnose UTIs and monitor your kidney and liver health at home, try Diagnox Health’s Urinox-10 at-home urine test strips. This quick, simple-to-use urine dipstick test measures ten parameters. It is FDA-cleared and gives you accurate and reliable results every time.
If you’d like more information or helpful health tips, check out our blogs on urinary tract health.