There's no mistaking the signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI): the constant urge to go and the stabbing pain when a little dribble of pee comes out. Most UTIs are caused by gastrointestinal bacteria, but a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases has discovered a troubling new culprit: supermarket meats and poultry.
Researchers from George Washington's School of Public Health found a particular bacteria called Klebsiella pneumoniae in nearly half of all meats sold in Flagstaff, AZ--AND in 10 percent of the people they tested in the Arizona city.
Even worse, 32 percent of these bacteria were drug-resistant superbugs that couldn't be destroyed by ordinary antibiotics. While the bacteria doesn't cause outright food poisoning, it can increase your risk of UTIs and other infections, including pneumonia.
That's why it's super-important to go to a doctor at the first sign of a UTI. A lab test can determine which bacteria is causing it so the doctor knows how best to treat it.
To defend yourself from these nasty superbugs, buy meat and poultry that are antibiotic-free. Drink cranberry juice that's as pure as it can be--cranberries contain bacteria-fighting compounds as do brightly colored vegetables. So eat plenty of those too.
via Huffington Post