Cranberry juice to aid a burning, stinging, awful UTI may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new startup serving up a drink that works to prevent them.
If you’ve never heard of a UTI (oh, you precious cinnamon roll) here’s the sitch. UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection and is an infection in any part of your urinary system. You can get a UTI when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. This can be a result of exercising, wearing too tight jeans, spending an extended amount of time without showering or (most commonly) as a result of sex.
Cranberry juice has been a go-to for helping prevent or ease the pain of a UTI (sour, ick!). Your other option is heading to the doc for antibiotics — apparently UTIs are “second only to the common cold in reasons for doctor appointments.
New Berkeley-based startup Uqora has our backs… um or our urethras. Uqora is a drink mix that is supposed to prevent UTIs before they even happen. According to this video, Uqora is made with natural ingredients and was collaborated on by several urologists looking to make the perfect bacteria fighting cocktail.
The website recommends you take a swig of this stuff when you’re at risk for a UTI — after sex, post-certain physical activities (WHO KNEW YOU COULD GET A UTI FROM BIKE RIDING!?) and if you’re camping, backpacking or will be not showering regularly for an extended period of time.
While Uqora is not medicine, (as always, we’re not docs, so consult yours if you’re interested!) the company is calling it a “health supplement” and lists D-mannose, vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium as the helpful ingredients. It also points to clinical trials that show the mix’s active ingredients were found effective in preventing UTIs, while a study of 1,000+ college-age women indicated cranberry is NOT as helpful. You can buy a box on their website for about $25 which contains 10 servings.
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