Cranberry juice is a classic home remedy for a urinary tract infection (UTI), but not everybody likes the taste of pure cranberry juice. Especially when making your own, straight-up cranberry juice is downright tough to drink all on its own. I’m here to show you how to make cranberry juice taste better for UTI with this simple recipe.
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Causes and Symptoms of UTI
Urinary tract infections are the result of bacteria infecting the urinary tract. They are NOT a fun thing to have, as anyone who’s experienced one can attest to. Far more women than men, especially young women, suffer from recurrent UTIs. Some common symptoms are (1):
- Constant urgency to urinate
- Pain and burning when urinating
- Lower abdominal pain, primarily in women
- Cloudy, possibly bloody, and strong-smelling urine
How Does Cranberry Juice Help UTI?
There are compounds called A-type proanthocyanidins in cranberries that are thought to possibly treat and prevent UTIs (2). These substances can prevent UTI-causing bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder.
Cranberries also contain flavonoids and phenolic acids (4) that can help harmonize gut bacteria and reduce inflammation, both of which may help with UTI symptoms. While cranberry juice all on its own won’t cure a UTI, bringing it into your UTI battle plan may definitely help.
Apple and Cranberry Juice: Deliciously Simple!
Juicing cranberries is a pretty tart business, so a lot of folks don’t like to drink it straight up. The sweetness from the apples is the key that counters the cranberry tartness in this recipe. Apple juice is also good for hydration, helping you flush your system.
Apples are not the only source of natural fruity sweetness that pairs well with fresh cranberries. Experiment with oranges, pineapples, or pears. Go for a combination of fruits that you love!
Best Choice for Juicing Cranberries
I made the Sweeten The Deal using the Nama J2 because it handles cranberries, and just about everything else, with speed and ease. This machine is the juicer I use every day!
The Nama J2 has revolutionized the juicing industry with its 5 1/4-inch wide hopper. Simply load it up with whole produce, including apples, beets, and pineapples, close the lid, and walk away while it juices everything for you! No more need to cut everything into tiny pieces and then stand there feeding the machine while it slowly works. This innovation saves you a ton of time while still giving you a good yield and nutrient extraction.
The Nama J2 also comes apart and cleans up quickly, is backed by a full 15-year warranty, and looks great on your counter. I highly recommend it for any home juicer, whether you’re brand new or have been at it for years. It’s a fantastic machine!
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More Juices for UTI
UTIs can accompany issues with other areas of the urinary system, like the bladder and kidneys. Here are some juice recipes that address them.
- Try this take on the classic cranberry juice recipe that brings in the power of pineapple!
- A good detox juice is another way to help clear up a UTI.
- Kidney stones can sometimes lead to UTIs, so help flush them with this juice recipe.
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