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How to Read and Understand Your UTI Test Results

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It sounds simple enough when you look at the box, but you’d be surprised.

First of all, if your infection isn’t raging out of control, you may not get any results at all unless you test first thing in the morning, because neither leukocytes nor nitrites have built up enough in your urine for the reagent to pick up on them. So if you feel like you have something, but you take a test and don’t see anything, wait till first thing the next morning to get a true read.

Secondly, nitrites are more easily flushed out of your urine, (they take 4 hours to build up in it) so you can feel something coming on and take a test in the afternoon and only see leuokocytes, (the top one that turns tan-purple) making you think that you have a gram positive infection, and then you can take something for it and test again the next morning, and see only nitrites (The one that turns pink).
I wish I had a picture of my expression when this happened to me.

This means you have a gram negative infection (like E. coli. Klebsiella, Proteus) that you’re keeping somewhat in check: what you need to increase your dosage of in this case is raw garlic. It will wipe out those nitrites. A phenolic-type antibiotic (like OLE) used alone will give you a clear leukocyte test* and leave nitrites there to taunt you. (Nitrites are the waste produced by gram-negative bacteria, which are most susceptible to a combination of phenolic, organosulphur, and terpene antibiotics)

If you see only leukocytes in a morning test, you have a gram positive infection, basically any bacteria ending in ‘coccus’. Staph, strep, and entero are the most common offenders. Raw garlic is excellent against these, of course, and so are olive leaf extract and ascorbic acid Vitamin C. Terpenes seem to have little effect on gram-positive bacteria, so concentrate on ascorbic acid, and phenolic and organosulphur agents, i.e. OLE and garlic. More on the different types of natural antibiotics here.

Treatment using a combination of OLE, raw garlic, and cayenne pepper will kill virtually any infection regardless of type, but understanding what’s going on with your tests reduces one’s anxiety level.

If you take a test at any point other than first thing in the morning and see instant results on either pad, you have a raging infection that needs immediate treatment. Walk directly to the kitchen and use what you’ve got.

In order to monitor your progress without breaking the bank, get a box of UTI tests from Amazon: you can get 25-100 tests for the same price as a box of 3 tests at a local drug store. If you want to be super nerdy about it, and see what your pH and glucose are, and if you have protein or blood in your urine, I’ve used these.

* unless you leave it past the 2 minute mark, then it turns purple


  1. Lisa

    What if the strip is clear at the two minute mark but five or ten minutes later it is purple?

    October 11, 2017
  2. Cindy Colavecchio
    Cindy Colavecchio

    I’ve been taking DMannose and cranberry tablets everyday as a preventative measue. Today I woke up with the burine again. I just ate a clove of garlic and am drinking baking soda water. Most of my chronic infections are E. Coli. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    October 20, 2017
  3. Kumi

    Hi, I have klebsiella spp in my urine and no anti biotic that can clear it again but I read your phase I that garlic feed klebsiella but on this tread you mention that garlic is fine for gram negative bacteria. Please kindly shed more light on this as I am a bit confused. Thank you

    November 1, 2017
    • cmw

      She advised me to drop garlic and sub cayenne for my klebsiella – hope that helps!

      November 8, 2017

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