Urinary Infections: Everything You Need to Know to Fight Them

Infeções Urinárias: Tudo o Que Precisa de Saber Para Combatê-las

Urinary tract infection, a problem that affects many women, consists of the presence of bacteria in any part of the urinary system (kidneys, urethra or bladder), and can be quite uncomfortable and uncomfortable.

In the summer months, the risk of contracting an infection of this type increases greatly, and can affect children, men and, essentially, women, who are four times more likely to suffer from this problem. As heat and humidity increase, germ growth also amplifies. At the same time, at this stage, it is considerably easier to lose fluids. Result: people who do not stay hydrated will be at greater risk of contracting an infection of this type.

As a rule, microorganisms reach the urinary system from the outside, through the urethra or even through the blood, settling in the kidneys. Bacteria that enter the urinary system are eliminated through urine, but when this does not happen, infection occurs. And since women have the urethra closer to the anus, the risk of urinary tract infection is greater. Furthermore, the fact that they have a shorter urethra allows microorganisms to reach the bladder more quickly.

The most common symptoms of a urinary infection are difficulty starting urination (the act of expelling urine), significant changes in the color of the urine, as well as a strong smell and pain in the lower part of the abdomen.

How to avoid urinary tract infection:

1. Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated;

2. Do not stop urinating when you need to and do not rush to finish (holding urine and not completely draining the bladder can increase the risk of infections);

3. Clean yourself from front to back, to prevent bacteria around the anus from entering the vagina or urethra;

4. Eat a healthy and balanced diet, low in sugar and saturated fats, reinforcing it through the consumption of red cranberries (fresh or dehydrated) and probiotic foods (kefir, kombucha, miso, yogurt, etc.);

5. Be aware that certain forms of birth control are known to increase the risk of urinary tract infections in women and seek appropriate professional advice;

6. Urinate after sexual intercourse, eliminating bacteria that may have entered the urinary tract during the act.

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The importance of probiotics in the treatment of urinary infections

Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate quantities, promote health benefits for the person who takes them, strengthening and increasing their defenses, improving digestive disorders and the absorption of nutrients, producing vitamins and other beneficial substances for the body and preventing the symptoms of inflammatory diseases.

A study published in the Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy concluded that supplementing with probiotics can help reduce the number of urinary infections and the need for antibiotics.

Always pay attention to your body's signals. Stay hydrated, don't neglect intimate hygiene and don't delay urinating (the more times you do it, the easier it is to eliminate bacteria). Never devalue a symptom, no matter how trivial it may seem. Problems must be treated from scratch to avoid a more serious clinical condition.

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