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Understanding Urinary Tract Infection - Natural Urinary Tract Infection Supplements, Herbs & Nutrients

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are the second most common type of infection in the body. It is a bacterial infection of the urinary tract, the system responsible for expelling urine from the body. Compared to men, women have a 50% greater risk of contracting a UTI in their lifetime. UTIs commonly occur when E.coli bacteria, found in the bowels, sometimes get passed the body's defense mechanisms and find their way up the urinary tract, cause an infection and typically produce pain and burning when urinating. Most women and some men will experience a UTI in their lifetime and most acute cases are not serious; however, chronic UTIs increase the risk of kidney infections which can eventually lead to kidney damage and problems. Most UTIs are conventionally treated with antibiotics but long term antibiotic therapy can disrupt the body's natural flora and cause complications in other areas of health. Preventing UTIs involve lifestyle modifications including drinking enough water, not holding urine and "wiping front to back". A number of nutritional therapies such as D-mannose and cranberry extract have demonstrated to be effective in preventing and reducing the symptoms of UTIs.

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