What to Eat (and Avoid) During a UTI

Have you been experiencing a burning sensation while urinating? Do you keep feeling like you need to use the bathroom despite being able to produce only a small amount of urine? If so, chances are good that you have a urinary tract infection (commonly referred to as a “UTI”). Other symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Cloudy urine
  • Red, pink, or cola-colored urine
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Pain and pressure within the abdomen
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Fever and chills

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should reach out to a qualified medical provider like DispatchHealth as soon as possible, since symptoms tend to worsen if left untreated and can even develop into a kidney infection.

In many cases, doctors will prescribe antibiotics to treat a UTI. While you should certainly follow any treatment instructions provided by your doctor, you may be looking for additional ways to relieve your symptoms so that you can start feeling better as quickly as possible. With that in mind, DispatchHealth has put together a list of foods you should eat when you have a UTI, as well as a list of foods you should avoid.

Foods to Eat During a UTI

In order to recover from a UTI as soon as possible, you may want to try consuming the following foods and beverages:

  • Cranberries – Although researchers are still studying their effectiveness, it’s believed that cranberries can fight off a UTI. This is because they contain proanthocyanidin, which can prevent infection-causing bacteria from adhering to the lining of the urinary tract. You may also want to try drinking sugar-free cranberry juice.
  • Other berries – Scientists believe that blueberries and raspberries may have the same effect as cranberries.
  • Probiotics – Try incorporating foods like plain Greek yogurt, pickles, and sauerkraut into your diet, since they contain good bacteria that can help combat an infection.
  • High-fiber foods – Foods that are high in fiber—such as bananas, beans, lentils, nuts, oats, and whole-grain bread—can help remove harmful bacteria from your body. They also encourage regular bowel movements, which can help relieve some of the pressure on your bladder.
  • Salmon – Cold-water fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce any inflammation caused by a UTI. Fish oil supplements are a great alternative for individuals who don’t eat fish.
  • Water – Drinking a lot of water when you have a UTI—at least 12 8-ounce cups each day—can help flush the dangerous bacteria out of your system.

Foods to Avoid During a UTI

Certain foods and beverages can actually worsen the symptoms of a UTI, including the following:

  • Sugary foods – Sugar can aggravate an infection, so you should avoid foods high in sugar and carbohydrates.
  • Spicy foods – Because spicy foods can irritate the bladder, it’s a good idea to stay away from them when you have a UTI.
  • Citrus fruits – Highly acidic fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits can also irritate your bladder. However, once you’ve recovered from a UTI, you’ll want to start eating these fruits again, since they contain immunity-boosting vitamin C.
  • Caffeinated drinks – Although it’s important to stay hydrated when you have a UTI, you should make sure to not drink coffee, soda, or other caffeinated beverages, since they can irritate your bladder.
  • Alcoholic drinks – Like caffeinated beverages, alcoholic beverages can irritate your bladder, so you’ll want to steer clear of beer, wine, and liquor.
  • Artificial sweeteners – Although there’s no evidence that artificial sweeteners worsen a UTI, they have been shown to exacerbate bladder symptoms for individuals with chronic interstitial cystitis, so you may want to avoid them anyways.

At-Home Treatment for UTIs

Did you know that getting treatment for a UTI doesn’t have to require a visit to a doctor’s office or even an urgent care clinic? It’s true—you can receive the care you need without having to step foot outside your house. All you need to do is request a visit from DispatchHealth, a leading provider of mobile healthcare services. We’ll come directly to your home, perform an examination, and recommend an appropriate course of treatment, all for an affordable price. Most patients pay approximately $5 to $50 after insurance, and we also offer an affordable flat rate for individuals without insurance.

Contact DispatchHealth today to arrange a visit—you can do so over the phone, through our mobile app, or on our website. We look forward to providing you with the relief you need.

Sources

DispatchHealth relies only on authoritative sources, including medical associations, research institutions, and peer-reviewed medical studies.

Sources referenced in this article:

  1. https://www.eehealth.org/blog/2019/05/what-to-eat-during-a-uti
  2. https://www.everydayhealth.com/urinary-tract-infections-pictures/foods-and-drinks-that-may-irritate-your-bladder-1028.aspx
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-tract-infection/symptoms-causes/syc-20353447
  4. https://nortonhealthcare.com/news/5-power-foods-for-better-urinary-health/
  5. https://www.yinovacenter.com/blog/eat-to-beat-urinary-tract-infections/

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