Are you troubled by frequent urinary tract infections? What if there were natural ways to prevent them — beyond the usual cranberry juice and water recommendations?

Wouldn’t you like to be rid of these pesky, painful infections for good?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of the urinary system — kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.

Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than men. A shorter urethra, certain types of birth control, and menopause are some of the many risk factors.

Infection limited to your bladder can be painful and annoying. However, serious consequences can occur if a UTI spreads to your kidneys. Doctors typically treat urinary tract infections with antibiotics, but long term or frequent use of these have their consequences.

Urinary tract infections can be silent, or they may show up through these signs and symptoms:

  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored — a sign of blood in the urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain, in women — especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone

UTIs may be overlooked or mistaken for other conditions in older adults.

Learn how to prevent urinary tract infections before they start in this free webinar:

Flowing Balance: Preventing Urinary Tract Infections with Senior Nutritionist, Monica Montag

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