The Hidden Benefit Of Drinking More Water That Every Woman Needs To Know About
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In case you needed another reason to drink water, here's one for any urinary-tract-infection-prone women out there: According to new research, increasing your water intake could be the key to lowering your risk of developing UTIs.
This conclusion comes out of a new study presented at IDWeek 2017, which had 140 women under 45 who were prone to UTIs—meaning they'd had three in the past year—either increase their water intake by six 8-ounce glasses per day or keep it the same. The women who drank more water cut their UTI risk in half, getting 1.5 UTIs on average rather than three.
"If a woman has recurrent UTIs and is looking for a way to reduce her risk, the evidence suggests that if she increases the amount of water she drinks and stays with it, she'll likely benefit," says lead study author Thomas Hooton, M.D., of the findings.
If drinking more water doesn't do the trick for you, there are other natural UTI treatments you can start implementing today. Make sure to pee after having sex, change clothes after a workout, take probiotics, and avoid spermicides. You'll be UTI-free in no time.
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Leigh Weingus is a New York City based freelance journalist and former Senior Relationships Editor at mindbodygreen where she analyzed new research on human behavior, looked at the intersection of wellness and women's empowerment, and took deep dives into the latest sex and relationship trends. She received her bachelor’s in English and Communication from the University of California, Davis. She has written for HuffPost, Glamour, and NBC News, among others, and is a certified yoga instructor.