10 Effective Home Remedies To Help With Cloudy Urine

Simple ingredients from your kitchen can restore your urine color back to normal.

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The health of our body’s digestion and excretion systems are measured by the normal straw-yellow or transparent urine we pass. Any changes in color or appearance suggest the presence of an underlying problem. The most common causes of cloudy urine are dehydration or a urinary tract infection (UTI). You may use home remedies to help with cloudy urine if none of these have yet turned into complicated problems. But how do you know whether you are in the early stages or not? Generally, if you have murky urine but no accompanying symptoms, that can indicate that the illness is in its early stages. And it is essential to pay attention to cloudy urine and take steps to restore it to normal as both dehydration, and UTI (the conditions most commonly responsible for it) can lead to serious health complications if left unattended.

To find out in detail about how to tackle cloudy urine with simple remedies at home, read on!

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 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 fluidi  A liquid that has more resistance to a flow. Like syrup, it is thicker than water. 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)

Cloudy urine is inevitable in those who contract cystitis or UTI. However, the intake of certain foods may also cause this type of urine. Scroll down to know more.

Foods That Cause Cloudy Urine

Certain foods and beverages may change the color of urine. Those include:

  • Meat: The intake of excess meat may increase the excretion of phosphorus, which may lead to cloudy urine. Processed meats are also high in sodium, and eating them in excess may cause dehydration, which, in turn, leads to cloudy urine (4).
  • Milk: Excess consumption of milk or dairy products may cause cloudy urine as they are high in phosphorus (5).
  • Seafood: The intake of foods that are high in purines may lead to high uric acid in the urine and cause this condition in some people, though more research is required to prove this.

In addition, the excess intake of soy-based drinks, beetroot, vitamin B supplements, yeast extract supplements, cocoa, asparagus, and black tea may also lead to cloudy urine.

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

Hydrotherapy for cloudy urine
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Water is the best urinary analgesic. Drink plenty of water to treat 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 microorganismsi  Minute living beings like viruses, bacteria, and fungi that can only be seen with special microscopes. . Hence, giving you relief from the symptoms (6).

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda for cloudy urine
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You Will Need

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 alkalinei  An ingredient, element, or chemical that has a pH level greater than 7. in nature, It acts as a urinary alkalizer, helping neutralize the acidity in urine and alleviating the inflammation and the symptoms of UTI, like cloudy urine (7).

3. Blueberry Juice

Blueberry juice for cloudy urine
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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 (8). It is a natural urinary tonic that can remedy cloudy urine. If blueberry juice is unavailable, you can replace it with some shredded blueberries in your morning cereal.

4. Pineapples

Pineapples for cloudy urine
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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 bromelaini  An enzyme that makes the body create substances that reduce or prevent swelling and pain. It can also slow down blood clotting. , pineapples have been found to be quite effective in dealing with urinary tract infection. This fruit possesses antimicrobiali  Protecting the body against microorganisms like fungi, viruses, and bacteria and fighting associated infections or diseases. properties and can kill the infection-causing microorganisms (9).

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You can also drink a glass of pineapple juice. Add some milk to the juice to reduce its acidity, or mix it with some water and honey.

5. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice for cloudy urine
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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 urinary antiseptic for cloudy urine and UTI. It is a natural diuretici  Any substance that increases urine production to flush out excess salt and water from the body. that also prevents bacteria like E.coli (which causes UTI) from sticking to the lining of the tract (10). It not only treats the condition of cloudy urine but can also prevent it.

Susan Lee, a vlogger, shares her own experience with UTIs and how she got rid of them: “I experienced feeling like a needle had been poked into my urethra at the end of a urination stream. I would also feel like I had to pee all the time. It got so bad that I actually saw blood in my urine.” She cautions, “A common mistake I have seen is women drinking cranberry cocktail juice, which is full of sugar, which is what the bacteria feeds off (i).”

6. Parsley

Parsley for cloudy urine
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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, making it an effective urinary demulcent. These can help in the recovery process after the UTI has cleared up (12).

7. Celery

Celery for cloudy urine
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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.

8. Ginger

Ginger for cloudy urine
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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 (13).

9. Coriander Seeds

Coriander seeds for cloudy urine
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You Will Need

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 (14, 15). This is the best combination of properties that benefit the body when trying to treat cloudy urine and related UTI symptoms.

10. Vitamin C

Vitamin C for cloudy urine
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Vitamin C is one essential nutrient that contains a significant amount of antioxidant properties. It works as a urinary acidifier, over acidifying the bladder and helps prevent the growth of bacteria thus keeping it healthy and free of infection (16). A glass of simple lemon juice can provide you with your daily vitamin C dose. Likewise, 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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You can also make a salad, smoothie, or fruit bowl with most of the ingredients mentioned in this article and consume them for breakfast.

Infographic: 5 Home Remedies To Treat Cloudy Urine

The urine color determines the health of your body’s digestive and excretory systems. Any deviation from the standard straw-yellow color indicates an underlying problem like dehydration or a urinary tract infection (UTI). The good news is these 5 natural remedies can treat cloudy urine at home. Check out the infographic below to know more!

5 home remedies to treat cloudy urine (infographic)

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Cloudy urine is generally a sign of dehydration or UTI and usually clears up on its own. However, sometimes it may be a result of pus in the urine or other underlying conditions. Depending on what’s causing the situation, cloudy urine may be accompanied by other symptoms such as frequent urination, inflammation, foul pain, severe pelvic pain, or traces of blood in the urine. Home remedies such as hydrotherapy, Vitamin C diet, baking soda, ginger, garlic, blueberry juice, celery, and coriander seeds can help with cloudy urine. You may also include probiotics in your diet to improve the condition. Ensure adequate hydration and seek medical treatment if these remedies fail to resolve the situation.

Frequently Asked 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.

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 definite 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.

What is the fastest way to cure a urine infection?

The fastest way to resolve a urinary tract infection is taking prescription antibiotics and urinary vulneraries.

How can you tell the difference between a UTI and a bladder infection?

A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract and is an all-encompassing term that also includes a bladder infection. But a bladder infection, as the name suggests, is restricted to the bladder alone.

Is apple cider vinegar good for UTI?

Although proponents of ACV claim that its antibacterial and antifungal properties can function as urinary astringents and help resolve UTIs, there is no scientific evidence to suggest the same.

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.

Key Takeaways

  • Urinary tract infection, cystitis, or dehydration can cause cloudy urine.
  • Symptoms include foul-smelling urine, severe pelvic pain, and murky urine.
  • Ingredients like baking soda, ginger, celery, and coriander seeds can help eliminate bacteria-causing infection and treat cloudy urine.
  • Vitamin C-rich fruits like oranges, guavas, and melons may help treat urinary infection.
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Dr. Emily Gannaway

Dr. Emily GannawayND MSOM

Dr. Emily Gannaway is a public speaker at MediPro Holistic Health and grew up with the influence of multiple doctors in her family. She has 13 years of experience in naturopathic medicine. Inspired by the work of her sister as an emergency room doctor, she began developing a deep interest in both preventive and primary care medicine. This inspired her...read full bio

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