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  • All I know is, I was in and out of the hospital many times in my 20's with kidney infections, and once a nurse brought me some cranberry juice, and I have to say, I noticed a big difference, now whenever I feel a bladder, kidney or uti, coming on, I start drinking cranberry juice daily, and I use the cranberry tablets. - 10/5/2010 4:33:13 PM
  • So, does vitacoco or any coconut water fall under "juice, tea and water drinks with herbs and other natural supplements smart choices"? I am a runner and rely on that a lot of re-fueling besides Gatorade. - 10/1/2010 9:52:20 AM
  • I gave up alcohol almost a year ago, and I am feeling a whole lot better. I only drink 2 20oz bottles of diet soda a month as a treat. Water with Crystal lite and lots of green tea are my staples everyday. For some people drinking water is a chore, but I've learned to love it. It's just one of the many adjustments you have to make for a healthier lifestyle. - 9/30/2010 8:53:15 AM
  • After getting a UTI on vacation in Hawaii, not knowing what it was, and not dealing with it for about 5 days before I got back... and having it advance to a really awful kidney infection- I can say, the advice of my doc (along with prescription antibiotics - which is why docs are a MUST for uti's!) was to drink a LOT of fluid, and pure non-artificially sweetened cranberry juice. I now drink a glass of cranberry juice a few times a week, just in case. - 9/30/2010 8:12:39 AM
  • The brand AZO makes a cranberry extract pill to help with re-occurring UTI's. It works really well & saves you the calories - especially since most cranberry juice has a lot less "juice" than you'd expect. For me it even speeds up how quick I get rid of a UTI. - 9/30/2010 8:09:11 AM
  • MYINNERDIVA
    I've had recurrent UTI's since I was in jr. high school and swear by Cranberry and WATER! Nothing will give me an infection faster than letting myself get dehydrated! Now, I take one cranberry supplement daily and drink at least 8 cups of water daily - never have UTI's unless I get stressed and miss my water! If I DO have symptoms, I can usually take additional cranberry tabs and get over symptoms. BUT if symptoms persist past a day or so, I go to the doc. - 4/29/2010 11:11:12 AM
  • Great no nonsense article, thanks! - 10/2/2009 5:07:47 AM
  • ERIN_K
    I swear by cranberry juice for UTI's - though you probably should see a doctor too, especially if it's your first (or second) time! Thanks for the good info about interstitial cystitis.

    In my vast experience, any kind of RED cranberry juice drink works - I usually get some sort of juice blend "cocktail," never 100% cranberry. But once I tried "white cranberry juice cocktail" and it didn't work at all. The cranberry pills seem to work too, though you never know what you're getting in supplements.

    Speaking of juice, I'm a big fan of homemade juice soda - 1 cup or less juice (any kind) with enough club soda or mineral water to fill up a tall glass. Less sugar, a lighter taste, and a little fiz for excitement!
    - 9/30/2009 12:49:04 PM
  • Thanks for the info. Cranberry juice has been used for urinary health in our family for many years. I used it with white grape juice for a couple of our little girls who were having the starting of a problem. It seemed to help, of course I pushed drinking more water also. - 9/30/2009 9:27:53 AM
  • Cranberry juice IS effective in keeping the bladder PH to where it helps to prevent UTI's. HOWEVER, the adage, " if a little is good, alot is better" does NOT work with this treatment. ONE glass a day can be effective, more negates any affect one might have. - 10/26/2008 6:47:39 PM
  • I have used cranberry capsules from the nutritional supplement section of your local Walmart for years. After one particularly bad UTI where the Dr. gave me an ineffective antibiotic, I asked him about the cranberry juice method. He told me that the amount of cranberry juice needed was close to 1/2 gallon per day. I absolutely cannot drink that much cranberry juice in a day as it irritates my stomach, that is when I switched to the cranberry capsules. I take two several times a day with 12-16 ounces of water., when symtomes start and continue for a week Please remember that I did this with my dr's knowledge and blessing. my dr is an osteopath and open to alternative and natural healing methods. - 10/17/2008 11:37:04 AM
  • Speaking from experience: Cranberry juice exacerbates interstitial cystitis (irritable bladder) syndrome; pretty severely. - 9/30/2008 4:21:10 PM
  • My daughter had recurring "UTI's" for a couple of years and self medicated with cranberry juice. The last time she did this in March/April of this year it didn't work but she got worse over a period of a couple of weeks. During that time, she also went through two rounds of antibiotics that didn't work. In the end, she was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, a condition that mimics UTI's but instead is bleeding of the bladder lining often aggravated by acidic foods and beverages. Her heavy cranberry consumption worsened her condition which led to surgery in May. So just a warning: If you have recurring UTI symptoms with severe abdominal pain several times during a period of time, ask your doctor about Interstitial Cystitis. - 9/30/2008 1:43:34 PM
  • Back in the old days, when I was using a diaphragm for birth control, it used to irritate the urethra & cause periodic UTIs. A nurse told me about cranberry juice, & thereafter I was able to deal with incipient UTIs every time by drinking cranberry juice cocktail--yes, the sugared kind; in those days I didn't have access to unsweetened cranberry juice. It was nice to be able to avoid antibiotics.

    Once I stopped using the diaphragm, the UTIs stopped altogether--yay! - 9/30/2008 1:30:33 PM
  • If you can recognise the symptoms of an oncoming UTI right away, then it is possible to steer it off in the early stages. Drink at least one large bottle of 100% Cranberry Juice with no sugar added, alternated with large glasses of water. You should drink as much as possible and try to pee as much as possible within a few hours, to flush out the bacteria. If your stomach will be irritated by all that acidic cranberry juice, try popping cranberry pills, available at GNC. Start off with at least 3 pills, with plenty of water, and drink 1-2 more every hour with water. Once again, the aim is to catch it quickly and flush out your system, so drink up! I have done this at least 3 times and it worked much better than going to the doctor and having to take pills. - 9/30/2008 11:55:28 AM

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