As the name suggests, kidney stones are hard ‘stone-like’ deposits that form in the kidney. This happens when calcium deposits combine with other minerals in the kidney to form stones. This condition is also known as calculi.
Kidney stones are can be brought about by dehydration. Dehydration means your body won’t have enough fluid to flash out the small stones that may form and they may end up getting bigger. It is highly recommended to drink plenty of water when you are suffering from kidney stones as the first remedy.
According to Dr. John McDougall (1), up to 5% of the population may be affected by kidney stones. Dr. McDougall goes on to say that high dietary protein intake is believed to be the cause. Fruits and vegetables actually provide alkaline materials to neutralized the acids from other sources, thus protecting the bones and preventing kidney stones. (1)
Signs that one might be suffering from kidney stones are nausea, vomiting, pain when passing out urine, back and abdominal pain and bloody urine in severe cases.
Use the following natural remedies to help get rid of kidney stones.
Lemon juice contains citric acid which helps break down and prevent the formation of calcium deposits in the kidney and the urinary tract. Lemon water may be mixed with honey to make it friendlier to your throat.
Drinking lemon water mixed with olive oil will give better results. This is because the olive oil helps lubricate the broken down stones for a smoother flow through the urinary tract. This ensures your kidney stays free of stones throughout.
Wheatgrass juice works best when you drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and while it is still fresh. It helps get rid of kidney stones by increasing urine formation. That means it is diuretic.
This ensures that there is always enough fluid in your body to flash any stones present and prevents the formation of new ones. It also has other numerous health advantages.
Apple cider vinegar
The chemical composition of apple cider vinegar contains citric acid which helps break down calcium deposits present in the urinary tract and kidneys.
Apple Cider Vinegar works by softening the stones and dissolving them. It works best when you drink before or during meals.
Basil juice is also diuretic which means it promotes the increased production of urine. It is also a natural tonic for kidneys which means it promotes the balance of fluids, minerals, and uric acid. It does this by lowering the levels of uric acid in the blood.
It also has acetic acid which helps dissolve other salts and minerals that may assist in the formation of kidney stones.
Basil juice also helps alkalize the urinary duct aiding in dissolving any stone deposits present and preventing the formation of new ones.
Most people have come across coconut water being listed as a natural remedy for almost all ailments. Well, you can add it to this list too. This is because coconut water helps increase urine output. This helps flash out present stones and prevent others from forming.
Coconut water also has potassium which brings alkalinity in the acidic urine and helps dissolve the stone. Drinking coconut water not only helps your urinary duct but also the reproductive system so get to drinking.
- “Protein Causes Kidney stones” by Dr. McDougall. The MCDOUGALL NEWSLETTER. April-May 1999. https://www.drmcdougall.com/newsletter/apr_may.99.2.html