Here is a simple solution for women who suffer frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) - drink more water.
According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, women who upped their water intake had a significant reduction in recurrent UTIs.
Bladder infection is one of the most common infections in women. More than half of all women will experience bladder infection in their lifetime. Among them 27 per cent who have an infection will experience a secondary infection within six months, and 44 to 77 per cent will have a recurrence within a year.
The study included 140 premenopausal women who had experienced at least three episodes UTIs in the previous year. The participants typically drank less than 1.5 litres of water daily, while the other half continued their usual fluid intake.
Women who drank extra water experienced nearly 50 per cent fewer repeat bladder infections. While women who did not increase their water intake experienced an average of 3.2 UTIs during the study period, it fell to 1.7 for the women who increased their water intake.
There was also a significant reduction in antibiotic use among the women who drank more water, which in turn could help control antibiotic resistance.