Drink more water to halve your UTI risk
It’s long been theorised that drinking water helps reduce the incidence of urinary tract infections (UTIs), but science has now proven it. A year-long study of UTI-prone women found that those who drank an extra 1.5 litres of water each day decreased their likelihood of developing another infection by 48 per cent. Apparently the additional water may reduce the amount of bacteria in your bladder and prevent what bacteria there is from attaching itself to the area. Lead study author Dr Yair Lotan, from UT Southwestern Medical Center in the US, says the findings could also have knock-on implications for the global issue of antibiotic resistance. This is because the preventative effects of water may reduce the need for further antibiotics to treat UTIs, he explains. What are you waiting for? Drink up!