Dr. Andrew Rubman, naturopathic physician and author of Bottom Line’s “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary” blog, discusses how naturopathic medicine can help treat and prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). One of the best ways to treat a UTI is to make sure that the urine is acidic enough. This can be achieved with 4,000 milligrams (mg) to 5,000 mg of vitamin C in divided doses taken away from meals. A urine pH of 6 is ideal. It is also important for the urinary tract to be slippery so that bacteria cannot attach to it—and that’s where cranberry extract comes in…not cranberry juice, which is sweetened and therefore counterproductive for UTIs. Both treatments can help increase the effectiveness of traditional antibiotics.
Andrew Rubman, ND, is a teacher as well as a physician, helping his patients make better-informed choices about their healthcare and become better consumers of both traditional and conventional medical options. He is also a member of the Bottom Line Personal Panel of Experts. For more great tips from Dr. Rubman, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “Nature Doc’s Patient Diary.”