Kidney stones result from the build-up of uric acid, oxalate, and calcium in the kidneys, resulting in the formation of hard, sharp crystal structures that are incredibly painful to get out of your body.
Doctors prescribe a lot of medication for kidney stones, but there are some natural remedies you can take to help lower your risk of kidney stones, or, if you’re currently suffering from them, to reduce pain and help break up the stones. If you are experiencing kidney stones, also seek medical attention and follow the advice of your doctor.
It may sound incredibly simple, but staying hydrated is an essential step in kidney health, on a daily basis and during kidney stones episodes. Water helps keep things flowing, flushing out your kidneys and preventing the build-up of toxins.
Lemon juice contains citric acid, which, like any acid, can dissolve calcium. This means lemon juice is useful both for dealing with any kidney stones that are already present, and also preventing new ones from forming. As an everyday preventative measure, drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of lemon juice mixed in. Mix lemon juice, water, and cider vinegar for even more powerful effects.
Nettle leaves are a natural diuretic, known to help maintain smooth urination, which keeps things flowing through the kidney and prevents blockages. You can purchase dried nettle leaves from many natural food stores, and consume them by making a tea with a ratio of a tablespoon of nettle to every cup of boiling water. Let steep for ten minutes, then drink.
Raw celery juice has antiseptic properties, meaning it breaks down microbes and other toxins, such as those that are produced when the kidney is blocked up. These toxins can be a cause of pain during kidney stones, so celery relives that. The juice is also a diuretic, helping to keep urine flowing and dislodge any stones.
During a kidney stones episode, it’s important to consume lots of fiber-rich food, and there’s not much more fiber-rich than bran. Bran is also one of the easiest things to consume, as it’s available in cereals, muffins, breads, or, for an extra boost, in concentrated powder form as well.
Some think of watermelon as little more than water, but in fact it contains some key minerals for kidney health and regulating acid levels: phosphates, calcium, magnesium, and carbonates. It is also a great source of water, and proper hydration is essential to preventing and treating kidney stones.