If there’s one thing sure to turn things upside down for awhile, it’s a urinary tract infection, or UTI. A UTI is a bacterial infection in the bladder or kidneys. If it’s in your bladder, you’ll probably feel like you have to pee a lot, and oftentimes when you don’t really have to. You might be getting up a lot in the night, and you’re probably feeling some pain and discomfort, possibly a burning sensation, in the area above your pubic bone. A bad infection may come with blood in the urine and a fever, so if this happens, get thee to a doctor. That’s also the case if you’re thinking it’s a kidney infection which includes back pain, oftentimes vomiting, and those high spikey fevers. Natural remedies are great, but when you’re getting things like blood, fevers and vomiting, it’s best to avoid self-treatment. But if you’re pretty sure you’re at the beginning stages, there are natural remedies to help you get rid of things like urinary tract infections. And this one is simple for any age: asparagus.
Asparagus spears, fresh or frozen, are a great way to douse the flames of UTI’s for adults and children alike. Yes, if you have an infection your pee probably already smells a little off, I know. And asparagus is sure to add a new – uh – layer to this. But it’s fantastic for the urinary tract. And you don’t have to scarf it down plain, either. You can boil, steam, bake it – however you prefer. A soup is nice because you’re not dumping out the vitamin-rich water it cooks in. I like steaming too; a great way to preserve all the benefits.
If your kids aren’t hip to asparagus, you could try my husband’s Arborio Rice Salad with Asparagus, which is a cold and lemony salad. Or perhaps a stir fry with the asparagus snuck in, in small pieces. I often like to sneak less-than-desirable veggies into a green smoothie, but I don’t think asparagus would take to the blender very well – I imagine a stringy, thick and unpleasant result. But if you’re desperate and try it anyway, let me know! (Yes, I’m letting you go first on this one.)
Always remember: Natural remedies such as asparagus for urinary tract infections are great to know, especially as part of a parent’s health care arsenal. But watch things closely with something like bladder and kidney infections. Yes, you may be able to avoid a trip to the doctor and a round of antibiotics, but if things turn more serious with fevers, vomiting, blood in the urine, or pain that just doesn’t seem right, see your doctor right away.