I have frequent UTI’s that require hospital care and IV antibiotics. I eat yogurt and drink water regularly. What else should I eat and drink?

Published on

Frequent UTI’s that require hospital care and IV antibiotics. Any suggestions as to what food or drinks to add to diet? I already eat yogurt and drink lots of water.

I'm sorry to hear that you've had frequent UTI's requiring hospitalization and antibiotics. In addition to staying well hydrated, avoiding sodas and sugary foods, and getting plenty of protein and vegetables at meals, the following beverages and foods may be beneficial:

  • Plain Greek yogurt, plain yogurt, or unsweetened kefir, which nourish gut bacteria

  • Foods high in polyphenols that can prevent bacterial growth in the urine, such as:

    • blackberries

    • coffee

    • black tea

    • unsweetened cocoa or dark chocolate with a minimum of 85% cacao

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.


The content of this website, such as text, graphics, images, and other material on the site (collectively, “Content”) are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for, and dLife does not provide, professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. dLife does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on this site. Reliance on any information provided by dLife, its employees and other contributors or visitors to this site is done solely at your own risk. Any information you submit to dLife or this site may be published on this site and in other dLife products. dLife retains all rights to all contributions including submitted questions and expert answers.