Drink more wa­ter to halve your UTI risk

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

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!

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