New research has shown that the food we eat, ie. Molecules that arise when digested affect the growth of bacteria in our urinary tract. Therefore, those who have problems with urinary infections should adjust their diet to avoid them.
Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine studied the occurrence of urinary tract infections. They found that the urine of some people’s resistance to bacteria because they certain compounds in food (which are entered directly or as a byproduct of the digestion) denying iron and minerals required for growth.
Nutrients that help the body to fight urinary tract infections are called polyphenols. These are strong antioxidants, and digestive system are converted into precisely these compounds that prevent the growth of bacteria.
Foods containing high amount of polyphenols are:
- Fresh blueberries and blueberry juice
- Unsweetened cranberry juice
- Unsweetened yogurt
- Black tea
- Dark chocolate
In order not to reduce the pH of your urine and help bacteria to grow, avoid:
- Diet with a large proportion of animal protein
- Carbonated beverages
- Large doses of vitamin C entered through artificial food supplements