Drinking plenty of water may be one of the easiest and most effective ways of preventing UTIs. Plenty of water and frequent urinate reduces the amount of time that urine remains in the bladder. It also helps prevent bacteria from moving up the urethra to the bladder. This helps to flush the bacteria that causes UTIs and reduces the amount of time they have to attach to the wall of the urethra and bladder.
A constant or frequent flow of water through the urinary tract also helps keep the pH of urine in the normal range and therefore discourages the growth of the bacteria who cannot thrive under normal pH conditions.
Proper hydration also keeps the epithelial cells that line the urinary tract walls healthy and more resistant to infection by bacteria. Epithelial cells, like others in the body, require very specific amounts of fluid both inside and outside of cell walls in order to maintain a healthy fluid equilibrium and general health. This same process helps maintain the health of immune cells near the site of a possible infection.
As you can see, a commitment to proper hydration can play an important role in preventing UTIs in several ways and is an easy way to avoid the uncomfortable symptoms that can sideline you for days, and even the more serious conditions that can cause greater harm.
So, drink plenty of water and know that it…
- Helps to flush bacteria from the urinary tract.
- Helps to keep urine within a normal pH range, which discourages bacterial growth.
- Keeps all cells hydrated, which is especially important to the epithelial cells that line the urinary tract.
- Helps keep immune cells hydrated.
- Reduces amount of time urine remains inside the bladder.
- Helps prevent bacteria from moving up the urethra to the bladder.