Water is one of the most precious ingredients for a healthy life, and people are advised to consume at least 2 liters per day to stay healthy. Staying hydrated can keep many diseases away, and researchers have recently discovered a new one to add to the list. It’s easier to stay protected from urinary tract infections by drinking plenty of water.
Urinary tract infections affect more women than men
In urinary tract infections, it’s the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureters which get infected with bacteria. They occur more often among adults than children, and more often in women than in men. Women have been proven to have a shorter urethra than men, which is also closer to the anal orifice. Bacteria find it easier to be transferred because of this, and it is a quicker way for them to reach the bladder.
Doctors have been recommending women to drink more water, as they thought this might reduce their chances of developing urinary tract infections. However, they had never undertaken a close study on the case until recently.
Increasing the daily water consumption can keep infections away
Now, they developed a study which proved drinking three more pints of water per day cuts the UTI risk in half. By drinking more water, it gets easier for the bladder to flush more of the bacteria which enters it. Also, the chances of the bacteria getting transferred from the vagina get smaller.
For the study, researchers gathered 140 women in a premenopausal state with no significant health conditions. Also, all of them consumed lower quantities of water than it was recommended. Half of them had to continue with their regular water-drinking habits, while the others had to drink 1.5 liters more.
After one year, those women who had increased their water consumption had 48 percent less urinary tract infections than the other ones. Therefore, drinking more fluids is the easiest and cheapest way to keep infections away, while also helping with other health conditions.
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