How much water is best to prevent UTIs?

It's the first time researchers have put a common recommendation to the test

Women prone to urinary tract infections should drink an additional 1.5L of water a day to keep the problem at bay, research suggests.

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A study presented in San Diego confirms the accepted wisdom that increasing fluid intake helps to “flush” the urinary tract of infecting organisms, supporting the theory that increased frequency of voiding reduces bacterial multiplication in the bladder.

Lead author Dr Thomas Hooton, clinical director of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Miami's School of Medicine, says this is the first time this common recommendation has