The human urinary system has a dirty but very necessary job, which is to effectively remove liquid waste from the bloodstream while also maintaining a normal salt level in the body. Most people will go through their entire lives without encountering any significant urinary system issues, though even healthy individuals can occasionally experience a urinary tract infection, which typically results from bacteria gathering in sensitive areas, such as the bladder and urethra.
To avoid getting a urinary tract infection, which can make urinating painful, difficult, and generally uncomfortable, there are a number of foods and beverages that can help. Even better: most of these food and drink items are available at any old grocery store, farmer’s market or pharmacy.
There are many health benefits to eating berries, from the ever-so-popular strawberry, raspberry and blueberry to the somewhat less known blackberry. But all of these berries are loaded with a compound known as flavanol, which has been shown to help fight bacterial infection — like the kind of bacterial infection that can cause an irritating urinary tract infection.
It doesn’t really matter how you get your berries; you could eat them fresh or add frozen berries to a smoothie. Their sweet and sometimes tart flavor makes them an excellent addition to desserts or your morning cereal bowl.