Well, cranberry juice may have been all the rage in the market. Maybe you have taken it yourself in cupfuls especially after you learned that UTIs recur. However, studies have brought the myth to rest and now, we know that cranberry juice is not quite the super UTI cure that bloggers made you believe it was. In this light then, you cannot help wondering just what you should drink after sex to prevent UTI. If you are hearing this (drinking something after sex to prevent UTI) for the first time, you may be wondering what it is all about.
Well, the bacteria that cause UTI attach themselves to the wall of the bladder. However, when you drink plenty of fluids, you will urinate frequently and in the process, you will wash down the bacteria, flushing them out of your urinary tract. In effect, this prevents the occurrence of UTI.
Here are the best drinks to take after sex to prevent UTIs
Drink water after sex
First, pee after sex. That is important; it will help prevent the bacteria that cause UTI finding their way up the urinary tract and into the bladder. However, do not stop at peeing. Also take a lot of water! That way, you will fill up the bladder soon enough and have to pee not too long after sex. In either case, you will have washed the UTI-causing bacteria out of your system and prevent UTIs after sex. Just drink as much water as you can after sex so that your bladder fills up faster.
Drink water daily not just after sex
From the above paragraph, you might think that you should only take water after sex. You should take water often, about 10 to 12 cups of water plus other drinks daily. It sounds like a lot for sure, but when you have experienced the burning sensation when urinating because of a urinary tract infection, you know you can do anything to prevent the recurrence of the same.
Drink a solution of apple cider vinegar
Next to water, this is the second most popular drink for preventing UTIs. It is quite acidic, and therefore you will want to make a solution of the same in a glass of water. However, ensure that it is acidic enough even after diluting it.
Apple cider vinegar is very good for balancing the acidity in your system. This drink will make your body very unwelcome for UTI causing bacteria. While it might not do much good for curing a UTI, it has been ascertained to work for prevention. At the same time, it also boosts the immune system, which will in turn be able to ward off attacks.
Baking soda solution
It seems that the things that we readily have at home such as baking soda, water and apple cider vinegar are the real giants for preventing UTIs. With baking soda, take a glass of water, dissolve a spoonful of baking soda and drink the solution.
A baking soda solution will detox your kidneys. You may be wondering why this is important, but the truth is that UTI involves the genitalia, kidneys and the bladder. Thus, when you take baking soda solution, it prevents the bacteria from getting there.
Remember, if UTI-causing bacteria are left to thrive too long, they will eventually affect the kidneys. If you have been a victim of UTI before, take a glass of baking soda solution after sex, even if it is the following morning. It will prevent UTI.