Chapter 5: Why do I get UTIs?
You eat healthy, maintain a steady exercise routine and are a clean person so why does a UTI still occur? What many people don’t understand is that certain foods, especially those high in sugar, help bad bacteria to grow. And that exercise routine could be doing harm if you aren’t considering the impact on the urinary tract. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that in a little bit.
A UTI occurs when bacteria sticks to the urinary tract, rather
than being flushed out when you urinate. Urine passes through four parts of the body on its way out (known as the urinary tract) which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra in that order.
The infection normally starts at the end of the urinary tract, in the urethra, and the high it goes into the urethra, the more serious the issue becomes.
Prevention is the best cure and with a few small steps you can stop bacteria from sticking around.
There are numerous reasons why you may have gotten a UTI, even though it always seems to appear out of nowhere, just like a common cold. If you’ve suffered from UTIs before you would have heard all of the common reasons why you may have gotten the infection, such as too much caffeine, personal hygiene techniques, sexual intercourse, wearing tight pants, and non cotton underpants.
But there are many additional causes which you may not have considered, such as not emptying your bladder correctly, a difference in your body anatomy to others (such as a narrow urethra), using antibacterial wipes removing your natural flora, or your love of swimming and cycling.
Even drinking the wrong type of cranberry juice can make matters worse rather than better.
Anything which comes in contact with the urinary tract, be it via the food you eat or the daily activities you do, can impact your likelihood of another UTI. We will even expose some vitamin deficiencies which have been linked to the likelihood of a UTI.