Diseases affect all gender but yet, women have been shown to be more susceptible to some. One of these conditions is Urinary Tract Infections (or UTIs).
The reason women are more prone to Urinary Tract Infections than men is because women have a shorter urethra than men. This gives bacteria easier access to the bladder. Also, female urethras are situated close to the anus, rendering it vulnerable to contamination by gut bacteria. Some of the symptoms of this condition include pain or burning sensation with urination, cramps in the lower abdomen or back, cloudy or blood in urine that may come with a foul odor and more.
Medical treatment for UTI entails the doctor prescribing a course of antibiotics. The types of antibiotics and duration of treatment is dependent on the extent of the condition. A more complicated infection may require treatment for up to several weeks. UTIs can be a dent not only in the health of a woman but also a disruption to her daily living. But aside from medical treatments, are there other solutions to address the condition?
The answer lies in the ancient holistic art of Yoga.
Yoga is a well-known physical, mental and spiritual practice that can transform both Body and Mind. It’s widely recognized as an effective holistic approach in attaining the precarious balance required in our lives for better wellbeing. Its history is as steep and deep as its meaning and the benefits it holds.
It is important to note that although Yoga per se may not cure UTIs but it can ease the symptoms and even promote immunity. There are poses (or asanas) in yoga that can strengthen the pelvic muscles and reduce incontinence. Poses that focus on the kidney and abdominal area such as the Bhujangasana (Cobra pose), and Dhanurasana (Bow pose) are also highly recommended.
A healthy lifestyle is encouraged to realize the full efficacy and benefits of yoga. Some people may be put off by this ‘additional’ effort but the beauty of yoga is that, the need for positive change comes naturally and to a large extent even automatically. Your body not only adapts but also more importantly, wants to make these changes. For those afflicted with medical conditions such as UTI, this can only be for the good.
Supplementing yoga practice with a healthy diet can reduce the occurrence of UTIs whilst at the same time, boosting your immunity. Yoga is known to promote better blood flow and circulation. This certainly helps in maintaining and improving the function of the body’s important organs such as the kidney, heart and liver.
A form of yoga that’s effective in the mentioned functions is Hot Yoga.
Hot Yoga not only promotes weight loss but it also creates an overall wellness both physically and mentally. Done in a controlled hot environment, your muscles are relaxed as your body seamlessly flows from one asana to another. It is a form of yoga that’s been well received by many due largely to its many benefits.
Don’t let Urinary Tract Infections (or UTIs) be a disruption in your life and cause you distress. Practice a healthy lifestyle bearing in mind that prevention is most times better than cure. The next time you reach out for that cranberry juice, supplement it with some yoga. It will go along way towards a healthier YOU.
Written for LAVA Yoga Singapore