The unexpected cause of UTIs… and how to STOP it!
Ladies, you know how it goes.
One day, everything is just fine. You feel great!
Then, it hits you -- that telltale hint of pain that lets you know another agonizing battle with a urinary tract infection is coming.
And this time, the source might surprise you.
It’s your chicken dinner!
Many UTIs are caused by the E. coli bacteria, a germ that’s commonly found in raw poultry, especially chicken.
But for years, scientists have insisted that the germs on your retail rooster were a different kind of E. coli, incapable of causing urinary tract infections.
Well... they were wrong!
New research finds that those chicken germs are a lot more dangerous than we’ve been led to believe.
An Arizona research team found THE SAME FORM of E. coli on 80 percent of supermarket chicken from major chains -- the same chicken often shipped regionally or nationwide.
In other words, you might find it in your own local supermarket.
The study also shows how quickly and easily this strain of bacteria makes the jump to humans, turning up in 72 percent of the UTI patients tested.
This doesn’t mean that the chicken was the cause of the infection in all of those cases -- or even most of them -- because you can get E. coli from a number of places.
But it’s certainly a suspect in at least some of those infections.
Fortunately, you can fight back. There’s a surefire way to prevent these infections, and all you have to do is cook your meat to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which kills the germs.
If you’ve been doing it for years, you might cook without a thermometer. You go by cooking time… the color of the meat… if the juices are clear… or just plain instinct.
But if that’s how you do it, it might be time to buy a meat thermometer and double-check.
These germs are getting stronger, tougher to treat, and harder to beat.
And along with causing UTIs, E. coli can enter your bloodstream and cause infections elsewhere.
Many of the germs in meats like chicken, turkey, beef, and pork can also cause other infections -- especially food poisoning, another condition that’s getting harder to beat and turning deadly in some cases.
A decent food thermometer costs less than $10, and even a fancy one isn’t all that expensive these days. Consider it a small investment that could save you from major misery.