Water and Internal and External Infections

There are many types of infections that can affect the young and the old, the sick and the healthy. These types of infections are bacterial, viral, and fungal. The most common of these are vaginal and oral yeast infections, skin, inner ear, sinus, lung or nose, and throat infections. Next on the list would be tooth, mouth, intestinal, urinary tract, bladder, liver, and kidney infections, followed by prostate, bone, and blood infections. Water can be used in many of these cases to help aid in the recovery process by flushing out the toxins if drink sufficient amount of water, as well as even help prevent these common and not so common infections.

We all know that sometimes infections can be the result of contaminated water, either from the tap or from a hot tub or swimming pool. However, when another health ailment strikes, such as one of the aforementioned infections, water can be used in several different ways.

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Yeast Infection

There are several items that can be used to cure and combat yeast infections like garlic and yogurt, but water is one of the best! With a higher water intake, you will urinate more, thus flushing out the sugars that can cause yeast infections. If you have diabetes, control your sugar intake because yeast infections and diabetes are linked. Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth, tongue, and throat. Coldwater can be used to soothe the pain in the mouth and also used with salt water to rinse the mouth. Finally, try to eat a healthy diet and manage stress. Although it is not proven, some say that too much stress and sugar can trigger yeast infections.

Kidney Infections

Kidney infections can be the result of a urinary tract or bladder infection that worked its way up. In a bladder infection, usually caused by E.coli, water is very highly recommended as it will flush out the bacteria that is located in the bladder. It is important to check with a doctor if any symptom occurs. But many times when people find out they have a kidney infection, they also find that they are severely dehydrated. Frequent replenishing of the water running through the bladder is a great way to clean out this organ. If in the hospital, being hooked up to an IV is very common to replenish those fluids. It is always recommended to drink plenty of water during treatment. Urinary tract infections are much like bladder infections, which are just located in the urinary tract. Of course with all of these, medication (usually antibiotics) is also important.

Some ways to prevent kidney infections are:

  • Drink plenty of water – This flushes the body of toxins which keep the kidney healthy
  • Urinate after intercourse – This flushes the urethra and removes any bacteria
  • Avoid feminine hygiene sprays – Do not use scented wipes or sprays in genital area

Fungal Infections

Moist environments can be the cause of fungal infections, like athlete's foot. However, also using water to soak the feet can help reduce itching and swelling. For more severe cases topical antifungal medication can be applied. Some fungi reproduce in the air as tiny spores. These air spores can be inhaled through the air or land on you. As a result, most fungal infections are contracted through the lungs or skin. You are also more likely to get a fungal infection if you have a weakened immune system or are taking antibiotics.

Respiratory Infections

Respiratory viral infections can be sometimes mistaken for the common cold. Drinking water when having one of these infections can really help here because dehydration is very common. Rapid breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever can all cause water loss. Liver infection, or hepatitis A, is a viral infection. Keeping the body well-hydrated here is very important, especially when there has been vomiting. Also, sports drinks can help replace essential electrolytes that are lost through vomiting.

Many infections are very contagious, so washing hands with warm water and soap is very significant. Applying soap and scrub for a sufficient duration is a very effective way to keep your hands clean. The easiest way to avoid all of these infections is to prevent them from occurring. You can defend against infections by boosting your immune system, which can be done through eating healthy, exercising, and drinking plenty of water. Even a change in your attitude can influence your daily habits and motivate you to take that extra step to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to maintain the health of your body, it’s the only one we have!

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