10 Effective Home Remedies To Treat Cloudy Urine September 1, 2017

We empty our bladder without giving it much thought! The normal straw-yellow or transparent urine that our body passes signify how healthy the body’s digestion and excretion system is. Any changes in the color or appearance indicate an underlying issue.

Dehydration and/or a urinary tract infection (UTI) are the primary causes of cloudy urine. These infections may or may not be painful and can lead to health complications if not treated promptly. In most cases, a cloudy urine with no other symptoms suggests that the infection is in its initial stages. Treatment during this stage can be conveniently done at home with natural remedies, without having to go to a doctor or load our body with strong antibiotics.

Want to know more about cloudy urine and the home remedies to treat it? Then give this post a read!

What Causes Cloudy Urine?

Cloudy urine can occur due to mild dehydration, but if it’s unaccompanied by other symptoms, it usually goes away on its own. Pus can also be present in the urine and make it cloudy. This pus can be due to –

  • Vaginal infections like yeast vaginitis
  • Cystitis (bladder infection)
  • Gonorrhea (a type of STD)
  • Chlamydia (a type of STD)
  • Kidney stones damaging the ureter walls (1, 2)

Diseases like preeclampsia, diabetes, and heart disease that affect the normal functioning of the body can also lead to cloudy urine. However, this is a rare occurrence.

Let us now learn about how a cloudy urine looks like and the signs and symptoms that accompany it.

Cloudy Urine Signs & Symptoms

When the urine is not clear or transparent (can have its characteristic pale yellow color) and has some viscous fluid in it (pus), it is said to be cloudy. Although cloudy urine can be the only symptom you are experiencing, when it is resulting from a UTI, there are many other symptoms that accompany it. These include –

  • Persistent urge to urinate
  • Inflammation during urination
  • Passing small volume of urine frequently
  • Urine appears murky
  • Urine takes on a pinkish hue or visible traces of blood
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Severe pain in the pelvis (3)

[ Read: Home Remedies To Treat Frequent Urination ]

Cloudy urine is inevitable in those who contract cystitis or UTI. However, listed here are certain home remedies you can try to ease the pain and inflammation.

Home Remedies For Cloudy Urine

  1. Hydrotherapy
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Blueberry Juice
  4. Pineapples
  5. Cranberry Juice
  6. Parsley
  7. Celery
  8. Ginger
  9. Coriander Seeds
  10. Vitamin C

Treatments For Cloudy Urine That You Can Do At Home

1. Hydrotherapy

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Drink plenty of water to cure cloudy urine. Sometimes, cloudy urine can be caused by something as harmless as dehydration. Even if you contract UTI, drinking water is the best natural remedy to ease the symptoms and the pain. It flushes out all the toxins from the body along with the infection-causing microorganisms. Hence, giving you relief from the symptoms (4).

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2. Baking Soda

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A glass of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add the baking soda to water and give it a quick swirl.
  2. Drink this immediately.

How Often You Should Do This

Have a glass of this once every day, and your urine should be back to normal in just a few days.

Why This Works

Baking soda is alkaline in nature, and it helps neutralize the acidity in urine, alleviating the inflammation and the symptoms of UTI, like cloudy urine (5).

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3. Blueberry Juice

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You Will Need

A glass of blueberry juice

What You Have To Do

Drink this first thing in the morning.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat every day until the infection clears.

Why This Works

Blueberry juice contains many antioxidants and compounds that inhibit and even eliminate the UTI-causing bacteria (6). If blueberry juice is unavailable, you can replace it with some shredded blueberries in your morning cereal.

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4. Pineapples

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You Will Need

1 cup pineapple

What You Have To Do

Eat pineapple as part of your breakfast or as a morning snack.

How Often You Should Do This

Have a cup every day to get rid of cloudy urine.

Why This Works

Rich in the active enzyme bromelain, pineapples have been found to be quite effective in dealing with urinary tract infection. This fruit possesses antimicrobial properties and can kill the infection-causing microorganisms (7).

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5. Cranberry Juice

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You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup water

What You Have To Do

Dilute the cranberry juice with some water and drink it.

How Often You Should Do This

Have 1-2 glasses every day.

Why This Works

Cranberry juice, like blueberry juice, is one of the best natural remedies for cloudy urine and UTI. It is a natural diuretic that also prevents bacteria like E.coli (which causes UTI) from sticking to the lining of the tract (8). It not only treats the condition of cloudy urine but can also prevent it.

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6. Parsley

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You Will Need

  • A handful of parsley
  • 1-2 carrots OR beets OR 1/2 cucumber

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a juice blend of parsley with the vegetable of your choice.
  2. Drink this.

How Often You Should Do This

Consume parsley juice twice a day.

Why This Works

Parsley acts as a natural diuretic which means that it increases urine output. An increased urine excretion implies increased chances of washing out the harmful microorganisms from the urinary system. Parsley also increases circulation in general and has anti-inflammatory properties. These can help in the recovery process after the UTI has cleared up (9).

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7. Celery

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You Will Need

  • 4-5 celery stalks
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1 inch-long piece ginger
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Rinse and cut the vegetables and the ginger.
  2. Blend everything with some water to get thick green juice.
  3. Drink this.

How Often You Should Do This

Have this daily.

Why This Works

This vegetable is one of the best-known sources of vitamins A and E and iron. It also contains many antimicrobial compounds which eliminate UTI causing bacteria (10). It is thus widely used as a home remedy for cloudy urine and UTI.

Tip

Combine parsley and celery with vegetables like carrots, cucumber, broccoli, and some ginger if you like. This healthy juice packs a double punch against the urinary tract infection.

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8. Ginger

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger herb
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup hot water

What You Have To Do

  1. Steep the ginger in hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Strain the decoction and add honey to it. Mix well.
  3. Sip on this delicious herbal tea while it is still warm.

How Often You Should Do This

Have 1-2 cups of ginger tea in a day.

Why This Works

Ginger is one of the best-known spices and is used to make cakes, curries, tea, and even herbal remedies. It is a known anti-inflammatory agent that also contains potent antimicrobial compounds. The anti-inflammatory characteristic helps alleviate inflammation in the bladder while the antimicrobial compounds eliminate the infection (11).

[ Read: Home Remedies To Treat Prostate Problems ]

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9. Coriander Seeds

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1 1/2 cups water

What You Have To Do

  1. Boil the coriander seeds in water for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Strain and drink the decoction prepared.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

Coriander seeds are diuretic and antimicrobial in nature (12, 13). This is the best combination of properties that benefit the body when trying to treat cloudy urine and related UTI symptoms.

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10. Vitamin C

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Vitamin C is one essential nutrient that contains a significant amount of antioxidant properties. It over acidifies the bladder and helps prevent the growth of bacteria thus keeping it healthy and free of infection (14). Oranges, guavas, pineapples, melons, raspberries, tomatoes, watermelons, and papaya are all rich sources of vitamin C. Include them in your daily diet or opt for a vitamin C supplement to clear out the urinary infection at the earliest.

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Simple solutions for an annoying problem! Follow the remedies as recommended to get rid of the cloudy urine before it develops into chronic urinary tract infection. These remedies work effectively and can give you results similar to antibiotics which cost a lot of money. Opt for these home solutions for this fairly common problem.

A few questions our readers usually have regarding this topic have been answered below.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What Does The Color Of Your Urine Say About You?

Urine color signifies your health to a great extent. Here is what you need to know –

  • Transparent – This means that you might be drinking a LOT of water. Consider drinking a little less!
  • Pale Straw Color – This indicates a healthy, well-hydrated body.
  • Transparent Yellow – This urine color is considered normal.
  • Dark Yellow – Even though this is normal, it is best if you add more water to your daily intake.
  • Amber or Honey – Your body needs more water for sure!
  • Syrup or Brown Ale – Drink plenty of water and see if the urine color lightens. If it doesn’t, you might have liver disease.
  • Orange – This indicates severe dehydration. Increase your water intake immediately. If the problem persists, then it may indicate liver or bile duct issues.
  • Pink or Reddish – If beets, blueberries or rhubarb weren’t eaten recently, there is blood in your urine. This could be due to many reasons. Consult a doctor immediately.
  • Blue or Green – This may be due to a rare genetic condition. It could also be due to a food dye or some medication. If the situation doesn’t get better, check with your doctor.

Avoid These Foods That Make Your Urine Cloudy

Consuming these foods in large quantities can cause your urine to become cloudy –

  • Cocoa and chocolate
  • Coffee and black tea
  • Soy drinks
  • Milk
  • Spinach, Swiss chard, asparagus, and beets
  • Organ meats like brain, liver, kidneys, etc.
  • Baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, and yeast extract supplements
  • Increased intake of vitamin B supplements can also cause cloudy urin

Is It Bad For Urine To Be Cloudy?

Cloudy urine can indicate the starting stages of a urinary tract infection or even a kidney stone. If left untreated, it can give rise to other health complications.

Is It Normal For Urine To Be Cloudy During Pregnancy?

It is fairly common to have a cloudy urine during pregnancy. To avoid any complications, get yourself checked and use the right remedies to treat it as soon as possible.

Is Cloudy Urine a must-have symptom in Women with UTI?

Cloudy urine may or may not be experienced while a woman has a UTI. It is not a symptom that is experienced in every case.

Why Does Urine Smell Bad?

Under normal circumstances, urine does not really have a strong odor. Sometimes our diet can change this smell. High sulfur food like asparagus or vitamin B6 supplements can make urine stink. Dehydration can cause urine to smell because of the ammonia in it. A fishy stench indicates an infection. If the smell of your urine changes for a considerable period and drinking water doesn’t help, get yourself checked for a UTI.

We hope that the information provided in this article helps you restore the normal state of your urine. If pain and inflammation accompany it, these remedies can also help with that by flushing out the toxins and the infection-causing organisms from your body. Always start with the hydrotherapy remedy to treat cloudy urine as hydration is usually what your body needs.

Do you know any other treatment for cloudy urine? Simply leave a comment below and share your tips with us and our readers.

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