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Worried about antibiotic overuse?

Prevent future UTIs

Urinary tract infections are one of the most common types of infection worldwide. For generations UTIs were treated with a simple course of antibiotics. Today, it’s not always quite so simple.

 

Most UTIs fall under the category of “uncomplicated urinary tract infections.” This means they’re caused by bacteria (usually E.coli) that get into the urinary tract system, usually through the urethra.  The urethra is a small tube that brings urine from the bladder to the outside. The urethra is close to the rectum. As a result, it’s easy for E.coli – the bacteria that live harmlessly in our gut – to enter the urethra and travel to the bladder. The urethra is especially short in females, which is why women get many more UTIs than men.

 

When E-coli gets into places it doesn’t belong, like the bladder, it can stick to the bladder wall and cause an infection. Those with recurring UTIs know too well that these infections wreak havoc on their quality of life. 

 

Today, about one-third of UTIs are resistant to antibiotics that were once considered the gold-standard for treatment.  

 

Resistance to antibiotics will continue to rise, warns the World Health Organization and actually lists antibiotic resistance as a global health threat. Antibiotics save lives. But as the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention explains, overuse of antibiotics causes bacteria to develop defenses to survive.  This is especially true of the bacteria that can cause UTIs. 

 

Anna suffered antibiotic resistance, and she’s not alone. 

 

Throughout her adult life, Anna had recurrent UTIs. Each time, she had been successfully treated with the same antibiotic.

 

Anna had just celebrated her 34th birthday and was over-the-moon about winning a competitive position as chef at a busy high-end restaurant. But the day before she was to begin work, she once again experienced UTI symptoms – pressure on her lower abdomen, the urge to pee, painful urination, overall discomfort.  

 

There is never a good time for a UTI. But Anna says the timing couldn’t have been worse for her. Panic-stricken, she raced to a clinic for her usual antibiotic prescription.

 

Only this time, the drugs did not work. Anna’s pain increased. She had blood in her urine and developed a fever. She tried to keep working, but had to dash to the washroom every half-hour. Anna says her pain and distress led her to make mistakes on the job, all witnessed by her new staff. “It was a total nightmare, a horrible start to my new life” Anna recalls. She still shudders at the memory. 

 

How to prevent Anna’s story from happening to you:

 

  • When you think you have a UTI, self-check or get checked at your doctor. On occasion, you may think you have a UTI, but you could actually have a low-level ailment that you can flush out naturally.  

 

  • It’s important to never take antibiotics unnecessarily. 

 

  • UTI Test Strips will reliably let you know within two minutes whether you have an infection and need to see your doctor. 

 

  • If prescribed antibiotics, ask your doctor when you can expect to feel relief. If your symptoms are not improving within that time, be sure to return to your doctor. 

 

Anna took antibiotics that were not working for her for seven terrible days before she finally went back to her doctor for additional tests and was put on a more powerful drug. A medical case review is necessary as an untreated UTI infection can spread to your kidneys and worse. 

 

 

 

Follow UTI preventative steps recommended by urologists: 

 

UTI prevention is the very best way to fight resistance to antibiotics. That’s why the Canadian Urological Association (CUA) recently included safe drug-free techniques to help prevent recurring UTIs in its guidelines for physicians.

 

Drink water and lots of it: If you’re prone to UTIs, drink as much as 10-12 glasses (1.5-2 litres) of water daily. It doesn’t matter where you are, or what you are doing, keep drinking. You can taper off about two hours before bedtime.

 

Take cranberries with PACs daily: Like the CUA, Dr. Colleen McDermott, a leading urogynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, recommends that patients with recurring UTIs take daily supplements that contain 36mg of Proanthocyanidins(PACs), like Utiva UTI Control Supplement.

 

Dr. McDermott explains that PACs are active molecules found within cranberries which can prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. As a result, PACs can help reduce recurrent UTIs. 

 

Proanthocyanidins (PACs) are clinically proven as a safe non-antibiotic method to help prevent UTI-causing bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. The research has proven that it takes 36mg of PACs to be effective. Most cranberry supplements and juice do not contain sufficient amounts of PACs which can be verified on their supplement facts.


 

If you feel the first symptoms of a UTI, double up on PAC-based supplements for a day or two: Take supplements at once for one or two days, and be sure to drink the recommended amount of water. Take supplements at the same time of day because they typically only stay in your system for 24 hours.  

 

With Utiva and best UTI-preventing practices, you can trust in ongoing prevention of UTIs before they take hold so you won’t need antibiotics. 

 

Utiva UTI Control Supplements are Canadian-made, clinically proven and medically recommended to be part of a safe, natural, antibiotic-free daily regime to prevent and protect against UTIs. To find out more about combating UTIs, visit www.utivahealth.ca. or call 1-888-622-3613 or email hello@utivahealth.com