Baking soda and Urinary Tract infection

Sodium bicarbonate or Baking Soda is a powerful anti-fungal and is often used in medical facilities to treat urinary tract (fungal) infections. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is caused by the bacteria and includes infection of the kidney, ureters, bladder or urethra. The bacteria enters the opening of the urethra and procreate in the urinary tract causing urinary tract infection, which can be very painful and a major cause of distress. If it is not contained in the earlier stages it is very likely to spread to kidneys, which can become a serious health issue. The infection of the bladder can develop into cystitis, a very common problem faced by women. While Urinary Tract Infection can infect anyone, women are more susceptible to this disease.

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection

A constant urge to urinate.
Burning sensation and traces of blood in the urine.
Painful urination which leaves a burning sensation.
Fever, nausea, backache, vomiting, pain (may indicate kidney infection).

Causes of Urinary Tract Infection

Bacteria in the urethra (when bacteria from the digestive tract enters urethra).
Sexual intercourse (The bacteria present in the vaginal tract is pushed inside the urethra by the movement of the penis. Anal sex is a very common cause of urinary tract infections in women.)
Holding back the urge to urinate.

Treating Urinary Tract Infection with Baking Soda

When first signs of urinary tract infection appear, a mixture of 1/2 tsp baking soda in eight ounce glass of water can be very helpful. The presence of baking soda in the body regulates the acid-base balance of the acidic urine. Also, make sure your body gets enough water, which will dilute and flush out the unwanted substance. Some advise drinking cranberry juice which prevents bacteria to cling to the cells lining the urinary tract. If you are dealing with bladder stones, do not take any berries, since they are full of oxalates. Consuming up to six capsules of Echinacea and Oregon grape root or goldenseal will also help fight the infection. Avoid irritant foods such as cheese, chocolate, and dairy products. Also avoid spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes, carbonated drinks like beer, soda or any other drink with fizz, and do not use any form of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame.

Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda will make the urine less acidic and will decrease the burning sensation.