Can you guess what the No. 1 infection that people get is? If you guessed a urinary tract infection (UTI), you are correct. According to the CDC, urinary tract infections are the single most common infection that people contract.
Because they are so common, UTIs have a variety of remedies. Their frequent treatment with antibiotics has caused many bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant. This is dangerous. The more resistant to antibiotics the bacteria in our bodies become, the stronger and more adaptive they get. Eventually, antibiotics will stop working. This places us at a greater risk for bigger, more threatening infections.
To combat the risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, more people are exploring ways to treat UTIs without using antibiotics, such as with essential oils, dietary supplements, and even baking soda.
Using Baking Soda For UTI-
Proponents of the baking soda method for treating a UTI claim that baking soda neutralizes the acid in your urine, which allows your body to take care of the bacteria on its own. They also claim that baking soda helps detoxify your kidneys, which stops the infection from spreading there and causing damage. To use baking soda as a treatment for a UTI, it’s recommended that you dissolve 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink it on an empty stomach.
Research About Baking Soda For UTI-
There isn’t a lot of scientific proof that baking soda can treat a UTI. However, there is proof that baking soda can actually be harmful to your body. One review found that out of 192 cases of baking soda poisoning, 4–7 percent of cases were caused by people trying to use baking soda as treatment for UTIs. In most cases, the complications were serious enough that the people who were poisoned had to go to the hospital. Using baking soda for a UTI may mask a bigger problem. For example, if you treat your infection at home and don’t talk with your doctor, you may miss a larger complication that is causing the infections.