Urinary Tract Infection or UTI refers to an infection in any part of the urinary system, the kidneys, bladder or urethra. The infection may cause pelvic pain, increased urge to urinate, pain with urination and blood in the urineIf you're a woman, your chance of getting a urinary tract infection, or UTI, is high compared to men. A latest American study presented at IDWeek 2017 revealed that drinking an additional three pints (or 1.42 liters) of water a day could help keep the infections at bay in women.
The study led by Thomas M Hooton, MD, clinical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Miami School of Medicine, examine about 140 healthy premenopausal women who had at least three UTIs in the last year and reported low daily fluid intake.
For the study half the participants were told to drink about 1.5 litres of water a day alongside their usual daily fluid consumption. The other half continued with their daily intake. After following up with the women for over an year, researchers revealed that women in the first group had increased their daily consumption by 1.15 liters and had a total daily fluid of 2.8 liters had 1.6 UTIs on average, on the other hand the women in the control group who did not increase the amount of water they drank at all, and had a total daily fluid intake of 1.2 liters had on average 3.1 UTIs. A whopping 48% reduction was thus registered between woman who increased their consumption and those who went about their daily intake.
The researchers further revealed that these women took fewer antibiotics to help combat infections, taking an average of 1.8 courses compared to 3.5 in the control group who went about their regular water intake, indicating that these women suffered lesser infection and painful symptom.
The urethra in women is shorter than men, which makes it easier for the bacteria to travel from the rectum and vagina to the bladder and cause infection. The researchers explained that by drinking water one enables to flush bacteria out of the bladder, and by reducing the concentration of bacteria that enter the bladder from the vagina.
Here are some more benefits of drinking water suggested by Health Practitioner and Macrobiotic Nutritionist Shilpa Arora hat would convince you to reach out for the water bottle.
1.Begin Your Day By Drinking At Least Two Glasses of Water
As soon as you wake up, start your day with two glasses of water. The custom of drinking water first thing in the morning is regarded very highly in Ayurveda and in Japanese culture. Ayurveda strongly encourages to drink two cups of clean lukewarm water to preserve energy throughout the day. It is very important to make sure we don't eat anything for at least thirty minutes after drinking water. This is the time the body takes to clean, energize and hydrate each cell and remove toxins.
2.Benefits of Drinking Water on an Empty Stomach
Beginning your day with warm water cleanses your body. It helps your body digest and eliminate food efficiently. It also helps intestinal movements to fight constipation, which is a modern-day disease leading to other chronic health conditions.
3.How Drinking Water Aids Weight Loss
Drinking lots of water stubborn fat. It aids digestion which further promotes weight loss. A tough dehydrated body will not burn calories efficiently. This potent drink in the morning will reboot your body and kick start weight loss.