Does drinking more water actually help with UTIs?

Hydration status strongly linked to recurrent UTI risk in new study

A new experiment offers fresh evidence that drinking more water each day can make urinary tract infections (UTIs) less frequent.

Women who drank more fluid had almost half the number of recurrent UTIs than those who drank their usual amount, a US study has found.

Researchers enrolled 140 women with recurrent UTIs who typically drank fewer than 1.5L of fluid per day in a randomised controlled trial.

For 12 months, they asked half of these women to continue their usual fluid intake and the other half to drink an additional 1.5L of water daily.

Over the year, women who drank more water had an average of 1.7 UTIs, compared with 3.2 on average for women who didn't add extra water to their diets.

"The data strongly suggest that hydration status is associated with UTI risk," said lead study author Dr Thomas Hooton, of the University of Miami Miller School of