Doctor Oz did a segment on UTI’s, Urinary Tract Infections, which can be very painful and can keep coming back over and over again. Could it be that there is a miracle cure for UTI’s, like a vaccine? That would be amazing!
Dr Oz said that 50-60% of women get UTI’s and they effect many structures in our urinary tracts. The following are a list UTI symptoms… but if you have ever had one, you will definitely know when you get it again!
– Pain during urination
– Frequent urination
– Milky or Cloudy Urine
– Bloody Urine (from bacteria growing on the sides of your bladder).
At Home Test for UTI’s
Dr Oz showed a really neat At Home Test for UTI’s. You can buy the UTI At Home Test for $10 at the drugstore and it will detect nitrites in your urine. Basically, you pee in a cup and put a strip of paper into the cup. If the tip stays a pale color, then you are fine. However, if the strip turns a darker color (like a magenta color) then you have a UTI.
My mother used to always tell me to drink cranberry juice to prevent UTI’s, and Dr Oz agrees with this advice! Cranberry juice coats the lining of your bladder wall so that bacteria cannot stick against the wall and cause any damage. Other tips from Dr Oz are to wipe from the front to the back after going to the bathroom. Something I had not heard of that Dr Oz suggested is to try taking 1000 mg of Vitamin C daily because it can make your urine a bit more acidic, which makes it less appealing to bacteria. And of course, the last option to turn to if all else fails, antibiotics from your doctor can treat UTI’s.
UTI Miracle Cure
Dr Oz did say that there is a nasal spray that has been found to make women less likely to get UTI’s, and so research is underway right now to turn the nasal spray into a vaccine to prevent UTI’s in women who suffer from frequent UTI’s. If such a vaccine existed, would you get it? I am on the fence about vaccines personally, but I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts!