Your bags are packed, your tickets booked, you and your besties are ready. to. slay. But you’re starting to get that feeling...the feeling you get when you’ve got a urinary tract infection coming on. *sigh* of course this would happen at the least convenient time! Is there anything you can do to keep the burn from developing into a full-blown UTI?
You’re going to an instagram-worthy music festival. That can only mean one thing: booze. Lots of it. (Ok, and music…). But if you want to stay UTI-free while breaking it down to Queen Bey’s latest hits you’re gonna need to develop a plan *laughs maniacally*. Preventing urinary tract infections is possible with science and some planning.
First Things First
To stay hydrated, you gotta start hydrated. Pregame your music fest with a few days (or a week) of increasing your water intake. A recent study showed that women who increase their daily water intake by 1.5 liters experienced significantly fewer urinary tract infections than usual.1
**Caution: increased water intake means better health over all.2 Yep, better thinking, better sleeping, better workouts...If you’re not careful your body might actually get used to feeling good and want to keep it that way. Which means...increasing your daily water intake for life! (dun, dun, dun…)**
Red Cup, Blue Cup
In one hand, the blue cup: a glass of ice-cold hydrating water. Guaranteed to refresh and refill your body’s water supply. In the other hand, the red cup: a good time in a glass… why choose one when you can have both? Let’s bring double-fisting to a whole new level: match that beer with a glass of water.
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it makes you pee out more than you consume. The good news is, you can choose a beer with a lower percentage of alcohol (say, under 4-5%) to retain more liquid. So stay away from the higher percentage beers to get your hydration on along with your groove.3SEE ALSO: Hydrate Like Your Life Depends On It
2. Be Prepared For Sex
That guy dancing in the crowd at The Weeknd concert is looking fiiiiine. He even smiled at you...at least, you think he was smiling at you, but it could have been the beer goggles. And, hey, nothing wrong with making some new friends…
Besides the obvious health concerns when it comes to one-night-stands, doing the nasty is the only proven behavioral risk factor that will significantly increase your chances of getting a urinary tract infection.4 This doesn’t mean that you can’t have a good time! You can significantly decrease your chances of getting a UTI from sexual activity by taking Dmanna everyday! Studies show taking it everyday (yes, even the days you don’t have sex) “significantly decreases” your risk of getting a UTI.
This was supposed to be a good time with your boo, so going sex-free is not on the menu. If you’re sexually active, taking Dmanna everyday can help prevent your UTI! Click here to order a box. Another things to consider: i you’re using condoms, just make sure they’re the kind with no spermicides. Some studies have shown that spermicides affect the vaginal flora and increase your chances of urinary tract infection.5
SEE ALSO: Can You Only Get UTIs From Sexual Activity?
3. Try A Probiotic
Some women report that certain probiotics have helped with their UTIs, and the science is promising.Specifically, you’re looking for strains of lactobacillus in the list of bacteria in your probiotics (you’ll find the list of strains on the back of the bottle). Lactobacilli are beneficial microorganisms that could protect against urinary tract infections, and they’ll be listed in the active ingredients list.6
4. Understand Your Personal UTI Risk
Did you know that up to 50% of women will get a urinary tract infection in their lifetimes? The majority of risk factors are not preventable, including your genetic makeup and whether you had a UTI when you were a kid.
You can keep those sexy synthetic panties. There is no scientific evidence that supports the theory that synthetic fabrics and tight clothes will increase your risk of UTI.4
It’s important to understand your medical history—including if your mother suffered UTIs often—to come up with the best preventative plan. If you have an active UTI, you may need to undergo a round of antibiotics.
SEE ALSO: Here’s Why You Should Never Take Cipro For A UTI
D-mannose is a naturally-occurring sugar that has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including UTI prevention.
How Does It Work?
D-mannose binds to the bacteria E. coli, preventing it from attaching to the tissues surrounding your urinary tract and bladder. This treatment, combined with increased hydration, will help flush out the bad bacteria without damaging the good bacteria. D-mannose is proven to prevent recurring UTIs more effectively than even the commonly-prescribed antibiotic Nitrofurantoin, also known by the brand name Macrobid.7
Where Can I Find This Magical Treatment?
I’d like to introduce Dmanna, which we talked about earlier. It is a daily supplement that dissolves in water or any other drink, providing you with your daily dose of d-mannose. Just deposit into your nalgene, add water, then prepare to go UTI-free for the whole show.
Who’s going to be running to the porta-john in the middle of Bey’s mind-blowing solo? Not This Girl. Because this girl got Dmanna.
Click here to get your very own box of UTI-fighting Dmanna.
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- Fluid and electrolyte needs for preparation and recovery from training and competition.
- Recurrent UTIs in women: How you can refine your care
- Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Women: Diagnosis and Management
- Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections Management in Women
- D-mannose powder for prophylaxis of recurrent urinary tract infections in women: a randomized clinical trial