06.15.2016 Start Saying Thank You to Cranberries and Goodbye to UTIs Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn By Jennifer Berman, MD Do you ever go to the bathroom to urinate, stand up, wash your hands, like everything is normal, and then 5 seconds later have the urge to go again? You think to yourself ‘that’s weird’ – except the need doesn’t go away, so you try to go again, only now the urge gets worse and you feel that ominous burning sensation? You run through your mind – the big business meeting, your sister’s birthday, your date with the cute guy from the gym – how many things will you have to put on hold? Let’s be honest: no one has the time or patience for a UTI. They’re painful, uncomfortable and annoying, and to top that off can also carry an emotional cost as well. It can be incredibly embarrassing when you’re suffering from a painful UTI, especially when you’re asked “what’s wrong” by coworkers, family or friends – because, let’s face it, there simply is nothing worse than having to talk about your bodily fluids in public. As a result, many women curl up into bed, watching the clock and waiting for the pain to stop. News flash, ladies: UTIs are actually pretty common! Approximately 60 percent of women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime, and 25 percent of those women will suffer from recurring UTIs. However, they usually DO NOT disappear on their own. If left untreated, a UTI could even be damaging to your kidneys. So, what’s a girl to do? Well, if you are one of the (un)lucky women who’ve experienced this discomfort, you already know the go-to treatment is antibiotics, which come with their own potential side effects, i.e. nausea, a yeast infection and the development of antibiotic resistance. That’s right – the chronic use of antibiotics actually decreases their effectiveness in the long term, because it encourages the bacteria they treat to develop immunity. But what if I told you that we have a solution that doesn’t involve pills, frequent doctors’ visits, multiple lab tests and that simply prevents urinary tract infections from the start? Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn’t. A recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conclusively shows that 8oz of cranberry juice daily is able to do just that. You may be thinking – big deal, everyone knows that cranberry juice can help treat UTIs – but that’s where you would be wrong. More than 50 years of research, crowned by this latest study, conclusively shows that cranberries can be a nutritional approach to preventing UTIs – not a treatment. This means that waiting for the symptoms to start before chugging a gallon jug of cranberry juice isn’t the solution. Instead, just like with any wellness routine, it’s far wiser to get ahead of the challenge and, in this case, drink one 8-ouce glass of cranberry juice a day. In fact, this simple routine was shown to reduce symptomatic UTIs by nearly 40 percent for women who usually suffer from recurring UTIs. So enough with the pain, the cancelled plans, the embarrassment – get ahead of UTIs and get back to your life. Add cranberry juice to your weekly grocery shopping list and know you’re protecting your body with each delicious sip.