It’s been difficult to determine what foods are good to eat when you have a urinary tract infection and what foods to avoid. It’s not that simple. Here are some tips to establish a UTI diet plan.

Add More “Aromatics” To Your Diet

What are Aromatics?

Aromatics are vegetables and herbs that add flavor and aroma to our food. Some are sweet while others are pungent or astringent.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine found that the acidity of urine, along with the presence of small molecules related to the diet may influence how well bacteria can grow in the urinary tract.

The same researchers found that aromatics contributed to variations in bacterial growth. Aromatics are produced by a person’s gut microbes as they process food.

The more aromatics in your diet, the slower the bacteria will grow in the urine. Good food sources of aromatics include those rich in antioxidants:

  • Coffee
  • Black and green tea
  • Colorful berries
  • Cranberries
  • Red wine
  • Dark chocolate
  • Unsweetened probiotic yogurt
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Pomegranate

Reduce Acid Producing Food and Drink

Once again, you don’t want to let your urine get too acidic. A recent article in describes foods that have different potential renal acid loads (PRALs), which are measured by acid excretion in the urine. It’s a good idea to limit these:

  • Soft drinks
  • Red meat
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Processed grains such as baked goods, fast food, and white bread
  • Dairies such as cheese, milk, and ice cream

Learn more about ensuring that you have a stable urinary environment and a good balance of acidity and alkalinity based on the things you eat and drink here.