There’s a reason urinary tract infections (UTIs) are responsible for nearly ten million physician visits each year—they’re extremely uncomfortable, awkward and, for many people, a recurrent issue that requires prevention as well as treatment. Sometimes treatment can even do more damage than good. But all is not lost: With a little information and the use of proven products, a UTI can end up being nothing more than a minor inconvenience.
UTIs on Repeat
A UTI is sometimes called cystitis or a bladder infection, and it can occur in any part of the renal system—bladder, kidneys, or urethra.
For a small percentage of people, UTIs happen frequently—every few months, or even every few weeks. If you fall into the susceptible camp, you may find yourself being prescribed a course of antibiotics quite a few times a year. According to Dr. Colleen McDermott, a urogynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, “When patients come to my clinic, they’ve often been treated by their family physician with course after course of antibiotics…but antibiotics come with a lot of risk, especially when we talk about bacterial resistance, which is a big issue in our medical community.”
Overusing antibiotics can lead to your body responding sluggishly or not at all to drugs previously known to work. The bacteria essentially hacks the system and learns to thrive more easily, becoming immune to treatment.
What About Cranberries?
You may have read or been told that cranberries can prevent or treat a UTI. And this is true, but not necessarily in the way you might think. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins (PACs) which prevent the bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, reducing the chance of infection. PACs are a safe, natural, non-antibiotic option that can prevent bacteria from wreaking havoc in the urinary tract.
Utiva UTI Control Supplement has . The supplement is extracted from whole, fresh cranberries—the seeds, skin, pulp, and flesh—and not just from the juice or insoluble parts of the fruit. Utiva is locally sourced from Quebec and manufactured in Canada, holding to high manufacturing standards and testing. Many will be happy to see it is free of gluten, non-GMO and halal, kosher, and vegan.
Supported by both medical and naturopathic doctors in Canada and the US, Utiva is recommended for the prevention of UTIs. Just as importantly, though, is the positive feedback from Utiva users, many of whom have searched for UTI-prevention help for too long. Gloria Winston, from [Toronto], used to experience four to five UTI infections per year. After developing a reaction to one type of antibiotic, she began to feel afraid that the same thing might happen with other drugs. But then her doctor recommended Utiva. “I have been using it for over a year,” says Winston, “and I’m thrilled to say I have not had a UTI during that entire period.”
And That’s Not All. Test for UTIs at home
Utiva also makes at-home, Health Canada approved test strips for early detection of a UTI. This is a first in Canada, testing urine for the presence of leukocytes (white blood cells) and nitrites (e. coli bacteria) in just a couple of minutes.
Have you tried Utiva? What did you think?