I went took a vigorous yoga class this weekend. The room was heated and it was hot outside so was sweating a lot all through the class. I don't think I drank enough water after the class before heading to a wine tasting. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling really parched and dehydrated, but now I feel like I have a UTI coming on. Not a bad one, but mildly irritating. My question is this: would being dehydrated cause a bladder infection?
— Thirsty Yoga Gal
Sounds like you had a busy, fun weekend but missed out on replenishing your liquids post-workout. To see what I think about this UTI situation,
Bladder infections, or urinary tract infections (UTI), are caused by bacteria that makes its way into the urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder to the outside of your body, and eventually overwhelms your body's natural defense causing an infection in the bladder. Dehydration can make you more susceptible to getting a bladder infection, especially if you are prone to them, since some women get them over and over again.
It is important to drink plenty of fluids to help flush any bacteria or germs out of the urethra. With Summer on its way, and more sweaty, vigorous workouts too, make sure you stay well-hydrated. If drinking plain water doesn't feel like it is doing the trick, try adding a Nuun hydration tablets to your water bottle. They add electrolytes to your water and those are the minerals you lose when you sweat.
If your UTI symptoms increase, be sure to see your doc. Left untreated, it can develop into a kidney infection, a much more serious condition. Remember that unsweetened cranberry has been shown to help fight bladder infections.