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Have you ever had a UTI so bad that you ended up in the emergency room? I have, true story. When I was 19 and living on my own for the first time I ended up with kidney pain so bad that I had to go to the ER to get relief in the middle of the night. Since then, I vowed to do whatever it took to avoid ever having another one. Urinary Tract Infections are a not so fun part of life. I have a few tips for you today on preventing them. However, if you think you might be suffering from one, a doctor is your best bet.
For starters, my first tip is to drink plenty of water. Water is so important for our health in so many ways, but it is vital to our urinary tract health, and flushing out all the bad bacteria. We know water keeps us hydrated, but it really does serve so many functions for our bodies that other drinks just can’t give us.
I love my purple water bottle and it is my best friend when it comes to staying hydrated. The rule of thumb is eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day, or 64 ounces. I am not perfect, but I do try to at least go through two bottles of water a day, at least.
Next, I’ve been using these Ocean Spray® CRANBERRY +health™ Soft Chews to keep me on track, too.
A little bit about these, from Ocean Spray-
The cranberry polyphenols in Ocean Spray® CRANBERRY +health™ Soft Chews help maintain urinary tract health. Take as part of your daily regimen. **
Our advanced formula has over 50,000mg Fresh Cranberry Fruit Equivalent, which is more than one glass of Cranberry Juice Cocktail.*
I’ve been using these for a couple of months, on top of my regular routine, to help prevent UTIs. As I get older, I find myself with a little more oncoming UTI symptoms than I used to, so I’m doing a little extra to make sure I’m covered. These supplements are convenient with their on the go packaging. They’re individually wrapped so you can take them on the go and have them available whenever you need them. They’re great tasting and made from real fruit, without any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. They are also gluten free and Non-GMO.
Next, there are a couple of other basic things that you can do.
Practicing good hygiene, especially after time with your significant other, if you know what I mean. Also, avoiding potentially irritating feminine products or soaps can be helpful as well. To be honest, bacteria are a part of life, and for me, making sure I drink water and take my Ocean Spray CRANBERRY +health Soft Chews have helped a ton.
If you are looking to make drinking water or taking vitamins and supplements a habit in the new year, I’ve got some printable planner stickers that you can download, print, and stick in your planner to keep track of your new habits.
They’re perfect for checking off each day, until these things become a part of your routine.
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You can find Ocean Spray CRANBERRY +health Soft Chews in store at your local CVS, and also online at Amazon! Also, you can use the code SarahOS20 to receive 20% off either the 7 or 28ct count of Cranberry +health™ Soft Chews on Amazon.com. Enter the promo code provided during checkout to receive the discount.
At CVS, they are on the aisle with the other bladder health products.
I hope some of these tips are helpful, though preventing UTIs comes down to just a few simple things, they can be a real pain.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
*Based on 137mg cranberry polyphenols per serving.