How To Use Garlic For Treating UTI
By: Chandreyee Sen Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 15:30 [IST]
UTI or urinary tract infection is one of the major health concerns affecting mostly women. It is a situation when bacteria enter your urinary tract and affect the bladder. The result can be havoc. It often accompanies a burning sensation, increase in pressure on the bladder, etc. There are several reasons for it to occur. Blame it on your most intimate time (during sex) or constipation, or an unhygienic washroom that you visited two days back.
Although our urinary system is built in a way that it can fight back the bacteria, often it fails, and as a result, the bacteria keeps multiplying within. If proper care is not taken even after diagnosis, then the situation can become adverse. It is always advisable to seek medical help before trying to sort out the problem by yourself. However, as a preventive measure, you can consume enough amount of water and maintain your hygiene to avoid coming in contact with such bacteria. Well, taking of curing the ailment, analysis shows that garlic is an excellent medicine to treat UTI. Read on to find out more. Garlic has an aromatic flavour which is liked by many of us, but did you know it can treat your UTI problem too? Garlic is often used as a seasoning for most of our food items and is rich in essential nutrients.
Chewing Garlic: Garlic contains allicin and has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that not only reduce UTI problem but eliminate its cause, i.e., the E. coli bacteria, which is the prime reason for this disease.
When you chew the raw slices of garlic, the active ingredients are transfused in your body through blood flowing through your veins and arteries. The kidney, which is our filtration chamber, absorbs these ingredients and passes on to the urethra and the bladder, where the bacteria have already set up their abode. It fights with the bacteria causing UTI. Have at least 3-4 slices of raw garlic before going to bed and in 3-4 days you can see improvement in your urinary tract.
However, you will also have to keep a check on the food you eat while you are suffering from UTI. Too much of fried or processed food or foods that have high inflammatory content like dairy products, sugar, meat, eggs, etc. can be detrimental to your health as your excretory system gets disrupted during this time.
So, you can opt to have lots of green leafy vegetables that have high nutrition value. You can also add garlic to it for flavour and also to enhance its efficiency.
Garlic Paste: Make a garlic paste and mix it with butter or vinegar and use it to garnish your salad. This will not only improve the quality of your salad, but the active ingredients from the salad will fight back the bacteria that cause urinary tract infection. Garlic helps to strengthen your immune system by stimulating cytokins – small amount of protein that is important in cell signalling. They signal your body to combat against any host disease entering the body and relieve you before you know it. But at times our immune system fails and we develop the disease. That is when garlic comes into play and boosts these cytokines that signal the cell to fight the bacteria entering or which have entered through the urinary tract. But, you should remember that only garlic cannot fight your UTI problem. You should always seek medical opinion and have proper medication before and after the onset of the disease. However, consuming plenty of water, keeping a check on your diet, and importantly having garlic can help you recover soon from your urinary tract infection.