Kidney stones are crystalline “stones” formed by dietary minerals in the urine. Most stones are made up of calcium, potassium, and several other minerals and electrolytes, but calcium appears to be the most common kind of kidney stone.
Passing a kidney stone is a painful experience that few people would ever forget, and although they are more common in men, it is important for everyone to be aware of what kidney stones are, how to prevent them, the signs of symptoms, and the treatment for this condition.
What Causes Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones form due to several factors. One major factor is low fluid intake, leading to very concentrated urine and decreased ability for the body to rid itself of these minerals through more dilute urine.
High dietary intake of animal protein, sodium, refined sugars, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, cola, grapefruit juice, apple juice, and oxalates (found in spinach, nuts, chocolate, cocoa, strawberries, rhubarb, beats and other foods) can all lead to the formation of kidney stones. Diets high in animal protein can contribute to the formation of kidney stones due to the excess of certain amino acids, uric acid and other properties of animal protein that acidify the urine. With increased urine acidity, the body will remove calcium from the bone tissue to fight this rising acidity, and kidney stone formation can result.
Dehydration is a common cause of kidney stone formation. Visitors to very dry climates such as the desert, for instance, must be cautious about increasing their intake of water and clear fluids in order to prevent the development of kidney stones.
Home Remedies for Kidney Stones
So, how do you get rid of them? Or better yet, prevent them from even coming back? Here are some home remedies for kidney stones:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most effective home remedies for kidney stones. Not only will ACV help to break apart and flush out stones, regular consumption of around 2 tablespoons per day can help to prevent future occurrences. Try an apple cider vinegar tonic first thing in the morning, again around midday, and a third time in the evening to reap the health benefits of this incredible natural remedy and get rid of your kidney stones at the same time. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of Raw Organic Unfiltered ACV with an all natural sweetener such as honey or Stevia powder and about 4 ounces of water.
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2. Lemon Juice + Olive Oil
While this method may not be suitable for people with larger stones, those with smaller kidney stones can try a concoction of lemon juice and olive oil to help break them apart and flush them out. Mix ¼ cup each of lemon juice and olive oil, drink, and follow up with at least 8 ounces of water. Just make sure you’re using only high-quality ingredients so you don’t accidentally introduce something into your body (like sucrose or H.F.C.S.) that will worsen the condition.