Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones
In most cases Kidney Stones are a result of a poor diet. The little stones form from minerals in the kidneys or the urinary tract. There are four known forms of Kidney stones: Calcium Stones, Uric acid stones, Struvite stones and Cystine stones.
Most cases of kidney stones however are made out of calcium compounds or uric acid. Uric acid stones usually appear with a diet high in animal proteins. The main cause of Calcium stones are foods with high levels of Oxalate, such as chocolate, nuts and some fruits and vegetables.
There are some things you can do when you suffer from a Kidney Stone. Here are 7 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones:
Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
The combination lemon juice and olive oil is the number one among the natural remedies for kidney stones. Make sure that you drink plenty of water before.
- 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons of organic olive oil
Mix both of them and drink followed by a glass of water. Repeat this process about every hour. This natural remedy is not a solution for passing big kidney stones.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is known to dissolve kidney stones. You can add the vinegar in the Lemon Juice and Olive oil mixture
(2 tbsp) or use it separately.
Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of honey. Drink it together with some hot water.
Kidney Beans are high in fiber, which makes them a good remedy for Kidney or bladder related problems. Recommended by doctors and nutritionists kidney beans have long been known to promote kidney health.
- Remove the beans from the pods and boil them in hot water.
- Cook them for about 6 hours.
- Press the kidney beans with a cheese garmet and collect the removed water.
- Drink the liquid once it has cooled down. This remedy is particularly effective for the pain caused by the stones.
Research shows, and doctors agree that Basil is a healthy contributor for your kidneys. Basil is known to be a tonic for our organs, in particular for our kidneys.
- 1 teaspoon of basil juice
- 1 teaspoon of Honey
You can also chew Basil leafs or mix the herb into your food.
Another way to benefit from Basil is in form of a tea. Cook 5 – 6 Basil leaves in hot water. Drink after it cooled down.
High in potassium, the Watermelon is a favorable option for Calcium
stones. In addition Watermelons are high in their water content. Water is the basic element to flush out Kidney stones.
Nettle leaf increase the flow of water through our bodies and therefore through the kidneys as well as the bladder. This green herb prevents the formation of kidney stones and prevents bacterial infections.
- 2 teaspoons of Nettle Leaf (dry)
Cook the Nettle Leafs in hot water and drink as a tea. Drink the tea daily over a time period of a few weeks.
This is probably the easiest remedy to follow when trying to flush out a Kidney stone. To reduce the concentration of calcium or acid in your kidneys you need to drink about 8 – 10 glasses of water a day. It is more about the continues intake rather than drinking once a day a massive amount of water. Make sure you stay hydrated, and increase your fluid intake throughout the hot months of the year. Hydration in summer is important to keep the kidneys in their natural balance.
What not do with Kidney Stones
Stay away from sugar and soda
A diet high in sugar, saturated fats and soda will ultimately lead to health issues. One of them are Kidney Stones. Cut down on soda and energy drinks, as they increase the risk of the formation of Kidney stones. The ingredient of citric acid in sodas is the main contributor. In addition sugar hinders the body to absorb magnesium and calcium thus increasing the risk of stone built in your kidneys.
Cut back on Alcohol
Alcohol concentrates your urine and can cause Kidney stones.
Foods high in Oxalate
Foods with high levels of oxalate can also trigger the formation of stones. Foods which are high in oxalate are Spinach, Soybean, Okra, Rhubarb, Beets, peanuts and sweets (especially chocolate).
When should you see a doctor?
Kidney Stones usually pass with the right dietary changes and a lot of fluid. It might take some patience. In 15 % of the cases the help of a doctor will be required. How do you know when to see a doctor?
- Kidney problems: If you have only one Kidney, you have had a kidney transplant or you suffer from any other Kidney related disease, you need to consult with your doctor before trying to pass the Kidney stone yourself.
- Pregnancy: See a doctor when you are pregnant.
- Urinary tract infections: If you suffer from Urinary Tract infections it is advised that you consult with your doctor. The condition of UTI can worsen with a Kidney stone.
- Kidney Stone blocks your Urinary Tract System: If you notice reduced urination, side pain or urination at night, chances are the Kidney stone got hold in the Urinary Tract System.