You can stop your chugging now!
Contrary to popular belief, drinking a litre of cranberry juice to quell the burning in your vag (and the false need to pee) does not work.
That’s the noise of the whole world crashing around us. So all that cranberry juice was for nothing?! Indeed, we are sorry to confirm.
But there’s no smoke without fire, so from where did this tale stem? The fruit contains what are known as PACs — proanthocyanidins — which prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder and urinary tract. By not allowing the bacteria to effectively bind, cranberries prevent it from turning into an infection.
There lies the catch! Drinking cranberry juice after you have the infection does nothing. The bacteria is already here to stay. Now, the only thing that’s left to do is sprint to the doctor for some curing meds. (No, a UTI won’t cure itself, and no one we know has ever lasted through one. It burns.)
But, you may think, does that mean all the (vodka) cranberry drinks I’ve been consuming have health benefits?! Woohoo!! Hold up, sister.
Much of the cranberry juice in the world (even the 100% kind) does not have enough of the PACs needed to effectively prevent UTIs. So it’s really no use including it in your daily routine unless you love the taste…or the sugar.
One surefire way to lower the likelihood of infection (especially after sex, when your chances are most high)? Pee throughout the day. But really. Keep your body hydrated and flush out all the toxins in regular intervals, especially post-coital. If you’re one who’s prone to infections often, you’ll see a change in no time.
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