A New Fight Against UTIs
This Natural Remedy PACS Power!
Oh not again! These are the dreaded words of anyone suffering from urinary tract infections (UTIs) and many Canadians do. Almost 50 percent of women develop a UTI at least once during their lifetime. For most, UTIs will unfortunately become an ongoing burden. Men get them too, but not as frequently as women.
UTIs are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits in North America and among the top three reasons why antibiotics are prescribed. Yet, due to the intimate nature of the infection, UTIs are often not discussed. Typically, we don’t mention the pain, the reason for our many washroom visits, or our desperate search for relief. The good news is, there is now a clinically proven non-antibiotic option available to stop UTIs. And it’s about time.
The medical community now recognizes proanthocyanins (PACS) from cranberries as a reliable option to prevent recurrent UTIs, while also helping in the fight against antibiotic resistance. PACs are bioactive molecules found deep in cranberries which prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, which is how UTIs start.
Stop overuse of antibiotics
One of the key issues with UTIs is the overuse of antibiotics and the resulting growing resistance. Antibiotic resistance is a global problem that puts us all at risk, according to the World Health Organization.
Dr. Colleen McDermott, a leading urogynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, notes, “I recommend Utiva which provides 36mg of proanthocyanins (PACs) to help minimize UTI recurrences. My patients have reduced their need for antibiotics, which also reduced their frequency of visits. Active PAC molecules have definitely provided a positive impact on my patient’s lives."
Tips to Help Prevent Recurrent UTIs
. Drink water: Your urine needs to be almost clear. 12 glasses a day is a great goal to set.
. Don’t wait to pee: Holding urine for too long can cause bacteria to thrive.
. Wear breathable underwear: Stick to cotton, avoid thongs, and tight jeans. Change out of sweaty workout gear and wet bathing suit bottoms quickly.
. Follow a bladder friendly diet: Certain foods can increase the acidity of your urine and irritate the bladder. Avoid all caffeine, acidic fruits and juices, as well as tomato-based products and limit refined sugars and alcohol.
. Double up on PACs when necessary: On day of and day after sexual activity, which can lead to UTIs, take 2 Utiva capsules (72 mgs of PACs).
Parents in Care? Those requiring care suffer especially high incidences of recurring UTIs, which in the elderly can go undiagnosed, with agitation often mistaken as symptoms of dementia. Daily 36 mgs of PACs, along with proper hydration and hygiene, is a best care practice.
New Guidelines for UTI Prevention: 2019 guidelines for the AUA (American Urological Association) include cranberries with PACs as a non-antibiotic prophylaxis for UTIs. In Canada, the Anti-Infective Guidelines for Community-Acquired Infections include 36 mgs of PACs for effective prevention of UTIs.