If your go-to solution for treating a urinary tract infection (UTI) is to pour a big glass of cranberry juice, you may want to reconsider.

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The typical cranberry juice you find at the grocery store is usually filled with sugar and contains a small percentage of cranberry. This idea that cranberries will treat UTIs is based on the fact that cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs), which can help prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. The typical sugary cranberry juice in supermarkets doesn’t contain enough of these PACs and will most likely make no difference in treating a UTI or bladder infection.

Instead, this TikToker shared some hacks that she uses to treat UTIs effectively. D-Mannose is a monosaccharide naturally found in fruits. Researchers believe that D-mannose might work to treat and prevent a UTI by stopping bacteria from latching on. She also recommends eating 4-8 cloves of raw garlic for a couple of days. Garlic has been used for its antibacterial properties for many years and contains allicin and sulfur compounds, which have been known to be antimicrobial factors.

This TikToker urges people to try these simple hacks whenever they feel a UTI or bladder infection brewing.

As always, it’s recommended to check with your doctor before trying any of these health hacks!

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