Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common infections people suffer from around the world. Women in particular suffer from UTIs far more than men due to the females shorter urethra. With approximately 50% of women experiencing a UTI in their lifetime and 20% experiencing recurrent UTIs, it’s no wonder it is one of the most common causes of hospitalisation.
If you’ve experienced a UTI you know how bad it can be and how it can ruin and entire week if it gets bad. When you have a UTI you want immediate treatment and will do anything to make it go away. Unfortunately most doctors prescribe antibiotics for all urinary tract infections, no matter how serve. Antibiotics come with a range of negative side effects which is why they should be a last resort, not the first call of action when treating a UTI. They may be necessary for infections that get out of hand, but if you notice the symptoms early, consider alternative treatments before antibiotics.
The best alternative treatment to date is called D-mannose.
Cranberry has been long associated with helping to cure UTIs without knowing why or how. D-mannose was discovered to be the active ingredient in cranberries that was helping UTIs and has now been extracted and is offered in much higher and potent doses to what you would receive in cranberry products. D-mannose works by stopping the bacteria attaching to the bladder wall and helping your body flush it out before it can cause infection, making it a great treatment and preventative measure.
For more information on urinary tract infections, check out the Urinary Tract Infection Information Website.