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Women’s wellness: Drink water to fight those urinary tract infections

Drinking more water will help women avoid urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to generations of women and now a study in JAMA. Women who added 1.5 liters of water each day to their regular intake of fluids were less likely to get another UTI, than women who drank less than that amount.

“It’s estimated 50 percent of UTIs can be treated by drinking a significant amount of fluid alone,” says Felecia Fick, a Mayo Clinic urogynecology physician assistant who was not involved in the study. “The extra you’re drinking is flushing out the bacteria that are present in the urinary tract.”

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