If you are a woman with recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), preventive regimens may help you avoid antibiotics. First, empty your bladder regularly, about every two(2)hours. Loading up with fluids without regular bladder emptying will do more harm than good.
NOTE: Holding in urine and distending the bladder damages the bladder's lining and increases the risk of bladder infection.
Cranberry juice (fresh-pressed juice) inhibits the attachment of bad bacteria to the lining of your bladder. A single 8-ounces glass of natural sweetened(use raw honey) cranberry juice every day decreases bacteria contamination of the urine. For people who dislike the taste of cranberries, freeze-dried cranberry juice extract is available in capsule form. Three(3) to six(6) capsules per day are quite effective at preventing urinary infection.
If cranberry juice is not effective for you, use bearberry leaf (Arcostaphylos uva-ursi) extract, which contains the the urinary antiseptic arbutin. The dose needed is 500 milligrams 3 times a day. Do not mix bearberry leaf extract with cranberry, because bearberry only works in an alkaline urine and cranberry renders the urine acidic.
To achieve an alkaline urine when taking bearberry, avoid consuming meat, fish, poultry, or eggs. Vegetables, fruits, and dairy products (all in raw form) create a relatively alkaline urine, because of the way in which they are metabolized (changed form) in the human body. Even orange, or grapefruit juice, which are acid when swallowed, tend to create alkalinity in the urinary tract.
Human body will produce acidic urine prior to falling into 'sickness region.' You can purchase litmus paper from health store/pharmacy to monitor your own urine pH. Increase your daily water intake, more raw fruits, vegetables and reduce cooked food will reverse the acidic urine to basic (alkaline) urine.