You can buy self-detection strips that measure the pH of your urine. If the test indicates that you have an infection visit your doctor who can prescribe an antibiotic.
Cranberry has the potential to help urinary tract infections as both cranberries and blueberries posess "antiadhesion effects" which keep E. coli bacteria - the cause of most urinary tract infections - from attaching themselves to the cells lining the bladder. 4 to 6 ounces of cranberry juice taken daily for seven weeks may prevent urinary tract infections in certain cases.
|Drink acidic fruit juice|
The more acidic your urine the more hostile it is to bacteria so drink plenty of acidic fruit juices to help keep the bladder bacteria free.
|Drink lots of water|
Women in particular should drink six to eight glasses daily to urinate frequently, thereby keeping the bladder free of bacteria.
Make a habit of urinating after sexual intercourse as it can be mildly protective in preventing urinary tract infections.
After each bowel movement, women should wipe their bottoms with toilet paper from front to back which will keep you from infecting your bladder with bacteria from your fecal matter.