Get your bags packed! Whether it’s for heading to your local community pool, to a family reunion after so much time apart, or for a vacation to a mountain, beach, or city destination, there are always a million things to keep track of. Sunscreen, bug spray, changes of clothes, water, travel logistics, snacks, etc. etc. We women are often the ones in charge of all of this organization!

One thing that often gets put to the side is thinking about our own health and taking preventative measures to keep us from contracting infections or ailments during the summer. Unfortunate and unforeseen irritations can crop up when we least expect them—and one of these things that should be monitored for any age is urinary tract infections.

What Are UTIs?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are usually caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract. The bacteria enter through the urethra that carries urine out of the body. Since women have a shorter urethra than men, harmful bacteria are more likely to reach the bladder or kidneys and cause an infection. UTIs can also arise due to dehydration and a weakened immune system, so bolstering the body’s defense response is the key to staying healthy this summer.

The Good And The Bad News

The bad news: a UTI always seems to strike when you’re on vacation. However, there are ways to get this under control on your own without going to a doctor, having lab tests, and running to the drugstore for an antibiotic prescription.  The good news: There Is a newly available natural supplement, D Mannose, which can work faster and more effectively than antibiotics to relieve your symptoms. And, you can stick it in your suitcase or all day tote bag as a safety measure, in case you get that “oh no” feeling i.e., the burning sensation and pelvic pressure.

Try D Mannose

So, what Is D Mannose? It is a rare sugar (a close relative of glucose) extracted from fruits such as cranberries, peaches, oranges, and converted into a white powder form. The powder is easily mixed into a glass of water, and when taken every 2-3 hours during an active UTI, or as a preventative measure daily—active UTI symptoms are eliminated by binding to the E. Coli bacteria lining the bladder—and flushing it out of the urinary system. Symptom relief begins within an hour, without taking antibiotics.

This is important to note, as approximately 80-90% of UTIs can be resolved with D-Mannose without adding harsh antibiotics to your body’s functioning. In opting for the natural supplement, you can avoid side effects associated with antibiotic use, such as gastrointestinal discomfort, yeast infections, and, most importantly, bacterial resistance. It is also safe for pregnant women and diabetics.

The bottom line: adding this type of vitamin to your daily summer routine—whether on the go or during a fun staycation—goes a long way to giving you the confidence that you will feel great and keep one more wildcard health concern under control.

UTI Prevention Tips While Traveling

Traveling is a MUST in your life, and you shouldn’t stop traveling if you get UTIs now and then. If you are willing to adapt and make changes while traveling, you can prevent yourself from getting UTIs. Here are some actionable tips that you must follow while traveling!

Stop Wearing Thongs

Wearing thongs is a part of the daily lives of many women. But the bad thing about wearing thongs is that they act as a magnet for UTIs. Thongs act as a trap for dirty bacteria and allow them to stay in your vaginal area. While traveling, if you are not wearing shorts, you can easily ditch your thongs. And remember NOT to wear thongs if you are doing some exercise while you are traveling. If you need to wear your thongs, make sure you get rid of them as soon as possible. 

Drink Lots Of Water

We have to admit that drinking water is the last thing on our minds when we are traveling. During our hectic traveling days, all we care about is trying out different foods and spending time at good spots. But something you must care about while traveling is drinking water all the time. You should remind yourself that traveling would become impossible if you don’t keep your activities in check. Have a bottle of water with you all the time, meet your daily goals of drinking water, and record how much water you are drinking while traveling. 

After The Swimming Session

Swimming is one of the favorite activities for travelers. Who doesn’t like the idea of spending time in the cool water during the hot summer days? But as much as we love swimming in the pool or on the beach, women have to ensure that they make some changes in their routine. As mentioned earlier, your thongs can increase your chances of catching a UTI. You don’t have to keep your swimsuit on after you’re done swimming as it can ruin your travel. Change your clothes as soon as you come out of the water. 

Eat Vegetables

Travel is all about eating sweet things for most people. You will find items made of sugar everywhere you go. Eating sugary items is indeed the most fun thing. But the bad news is that eating sugars is not good for your vaginal health. Research has proven that sugar consumption increases UTI symptoms to an unbearable level. Make sure that you stop eating any unhealthy foods when you are traveling. Eating healthy foods like vegetables can improve your vaginal microbiome, contributing to the prevention of UTIs when you’re on the move. 

Your Urination Routine

Holding your pee is the most logical option when shopping while traveling or spending a good time with your peers at the bar. But when you are traveling, you have to ensure that you are peeing at the right time. Holding your pee allows the bacteria in your vagina to grow, leading to a UTI in no time.