So you and your doctor have determined that you have chronic urinary tract infections. What do you do now?
I can feel you rolling your eyes. Every time you have a health issue the doc tells you to drink more water.
Guess what? That’s because it helps. This article assessed a number of studies done over the years of hydration, dehydration and its effects. They found that the amount of water you drink can affect your weight, energy level, physical performance, temperature regulation, cognition, mood, attention span, bodily functions, the list goes on.
Water makes up an average of 60% of your body weight. The food we eat provides around 20% of our water intake, with the remaining 80% received from drinking water and other beverages. We rely primarily on our feeling of thirst to replenish lost H2O, but studies have shown that as we age, we become less thirsty despite needing the same amount of water.
So How Much Water Do You Need To Prevent UTIs?
The recommended total amount of fluid intake (including from food) is 91 fluid ounces for women and 125 fluid ounces for men, daily.
The average coffee mug holds 12 fluid ounces. Subtracting the 20% water intake from food, you’d need about 6 coffee mugs of water daily if you’re a woman and 8.3 mugs if you’re a man.
Still not sure? Use a water bottle with measurements on it.
How Does Drinking Water Affect My Recurring UTIs?
Drinking more water will help flush out the infection-causing bacteria such as E. coli more frequently. This study of 140 women with recurrent urinary tract infections showed that increasing fluid intake by 1.5 liters (50.7 fl oz) per day reduces the risk of repeat infections.
TL;DR: Women should drink as much as 3 liters of water daily for optimal UTI prevention.
You’re looking confused. You’ve never heard of d-mannose?
Chances are, neither has your doctor. Modern medicine is so focused on using and developing antibiotics [in-text link to post about antibiotics], they often overlook simpler solutions. (Sidebar: did you know that Big Pharma spent almost $300 mil on lobbying in 2017 alone?)
The Good Sugar
As early as the 1970s, researchers have been experimenting with d-mannose, a naturally-occurring sugar that has been shown to have numerous health benefits.
Sugar in general has a bad rap. It’s common knowledge that if you eat too much of it you may gain weight or in extreme cases even develop diabetes.
But this recent study shows that not all sugars are created equal. D-mannose has been shown to boost the immune system, even helping prevent and treat type 1 diabetes and asthma.
You know what else it helps treat and prevent? Urinary tract infections. I kid you not. And if you choose to believe 200+ positive reviews on WebMD, it works incredibly well.
“For over 40 years I've taken antibiotics for recurring UTI's to the point of being told by a specialist to have a restricted diet and spend a fortune on a medicine that didn't work. I read about D-Mannose online and thought that it had harmless ingredients and was worth trying. I've not had a UTI since using it- over 5 months.”
Review by WebMD user
But How Does It Work?
It masquerades as food, of course. No really, infection-causing bacteria E. Coli interprets d-mannose as food, binding to the d-mannose instead of the tissue surrounding your urinary tract. The bacteria is then much more likely to be flushed out of your system when you pee.
This study assessed the effectiveness of d-mannose compared to the antibiotic Nitrofurantoin and found that d-mannose performed as well as or better than the antibiotic in reducing risk of recurrent UTIs. The best part? The d-mannose group had significantly fewer adverse side effects.
Where Can You Get D-Mannose?
D-mannose is the primary ingredient in Dmanna, and guess what? Dmanna is prepackaged in daily doses so you don’t have to do any measuring. It dissolves in water and is tasteless and odorless. What more could you ask for?
Ready to embark on your UTI-free life with Dmanna? Click here to take the first step.