Urinary tract infections can be painful and often associated with an extreme, constant urge to pee, burning sensation when peeing, peeing only a little at a time but all the time, and pelvic pain (specific to women). If left untreated, this condition could mean recurrent infections and kidney damage.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is considered as one of the best home remedies for UTIs. This well-known vinegar is enriched with antibacterial properties that help in killing UTI-related bacteria, thus freeing the urinary system from bacteria the healthy way.
Results of a 2018 study on animals found that ACV — which is made by fermenting apples — may help impede the growth of E. coli (the bacteria that causes 80 to 90 percent of UTIs). Furthermore, results also showed that ACV is an effective anti-inflammatory.
UTI’s love a non-acidic space. ACV is acidic thus making it helpful in balancing our pH levels. Bacteria won’t thrive in an acidic environment. Apple cider vinegar prevents bacteria growth by making a person’s pee more acidic.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar Against UTI
Add ACV To Herbal Teas
Add 1 tablespoon of ACV to a cinnamon-spiced herbal tea. We can easily tolerate the taste of ACV because of the spices and especially if we add a few drops of honey on it. We can have this in the morning or afternoon instead of coffee or soda.
Add ACV To Water
Simply add 1 teaspoon of ACV to an 8-ounce glass of water. Consume this 8 times a day. This remedy will flush out harmful bacteria as it will make us pee more frequently.
ACV Super Salad
Prevent UTI by mixing some raw, unfiltered ACV with olive oil to create a badass salad dressing.
Combine 1/3 cup of olive oil with 1/4 cup of ACV and then add salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 teaspoon of honey if we prefer it sweet.
ACV could prevent future UTIs — but don’t count on it to treat a current infection. It may only help soothe UTI symptoms and prevent future infections.
Using too much ACV, or using undiluted ACV, can cause tooth enamel erosion.