Did you know that one in ten people will have a kidney stone over the course of a lifetime? Recent studies have shown that kidney stone rates are on the rise across the country.
In fact, each year more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems. It is estimated that one in ten people will have a kidney stone at some time in their lives.
What is a kidney stone?
A kidney stone is a hard object that is made from chemicals in the urine. Urine has various wastes dissolved in it. When there is too much waste in too little liquid, crystals begin to form.
The crystals attract other elements and join together to form a solid that will get larger unless it is passed out of the body with the urine. Usually, these chemicals are eliminated in the urine by the body’s master chemist: the kidney.
In most people, having enough liquid washes them out or other chemicals in urine stop a stone from forming. The stone-forming chemicals are calcium, oxalate, urate, cystine, xanthine, and phosphate.
After it is formed, the stone may stay in the kidney or travel down the urinary tract into the ureter. Sometimes, tiny stones move out of the body in the urine without causing too much pain.
But stones that don’t move may cause a back-up of urine in the kidney, ureter, the bladder, or the urethra. This is what causes the pain.
Possible causes include drinking too little water, exercise (too much or too little), obesity, weight loss surgery, or eating food with too much salt or sugar. Infections and family history might be important in some people.
Eating too much fructose correlates with increasing risk of developing a kidney stone. Fructose can be found in table sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
To prevent kidney stone formation, drink lots of fluids such as filtered water.
1. Foods to avoid for its high in oxalate content. Oxalate when combine with calcium and iron form crystals that may be excreted in urine or form larger kidney stones that can block the kidney tubules. Examples of foods high in oxalate are peanuts, almonds, wheat bran, spinach, black tea, cashews, hazelnuts, soybeans, soy milk, instant tea, rhubarb, beets, sweet potatoes, most dried beans and chocolate.
2. Lessen the consumption on animal protein foods.
3. People with kidney stones are advised by the doctors to cut down or lessen foods with so much salt and sodium. Also limit intake of foods rich in oxalate, calcium, potassium, protein and fluid. The advise consumption of sodium is 2,000 milligrams daily.
4. Monitor your food product labels and check the content to avoid foods high in calcium. Ask your doctor what are the right foods to eat and how much can you consume in a day.
Tip: Drinking a glass of water before bed, during the night when you’re still awake and before going back to bed.
Good news is, a smoothie can help you get rid those kidney stones as well!
The citrus lemon can help break-up calcium-based kidney stones due to its citric acid.
Another is watermelon as one of the best fruit for kidney stones. A diuretic that helps you urinate more because it has the highest water content among the fruits, thereby flushing out the kidney stones.
High potassium is also present believed to help in dissolving kidney stones.
Drink lots of water daily and also try drinking 1-2 juice with citrates that can help in breaking up of kidney stones.
Kidney Stone Juice
- 1 organic orange, peeled
- 1 organic apple
- 1 organic lemon
- 4 slices of organic watermelon
- 4 ice cubes
Blend these together and that’s it.
Let’s now learn about gallstone and the drinks for a better gallstone.
The gallbladder is a small little pouch, that is shaped like a pear and sits under the liver. It’s usually empty and flat shaped after meal, while full of bile before meal.
When given the signal to release bile, it squeezes out into the small intestine through the tubes or ducts. Then this bile help in the digestion of food specifically fats.
However, when removed there are no problems observed in digestion. But there might be a risk of diarrhea and fat malabsorption.
So before you decide on a surgery, you might try some home remedies that may cure gall stones and its symptoms, like abdominal pain, back shoulder pain, vomiting, nausea and indigestion.
Here are some compilation of several single and combination juices you can try to naturally flush or remove gallstones:
1. Vegetable Juice
Just mix beet, carrot and cucumber juice. Then drink it twice daily for two weeks.
2. Lemon Juice
Drink lemon water daily before eating or drinking anything. Just squeeze 4 lemons then add with water. This continuous drinking routine will help to get rid of gallstones. Added to that, drink lots of water daily.
Pour 1 tsp of turmeric mix with honey. Then drink it daily until the gallstones dissolved or flushed out.
3. Epsom Salt
Pour 1 tsp of epsom salt into a room temperature drinking water and drink it at night. This epsom salt help gallstones to move through the bile duct.
4. Citrus Fruit
Citrus fruits include pectin, which also can help in getting rid of gallstones.
5. Apple Juice and Apple Cider Vinegar
As quoted that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is a true health fact. Apple has also the capability to dissolve gallstones when taken as juice or as apple cider vinegar.
Study shows that its malic acid content help in softening gallstones. While the vinegar prevents liver to make cholesterol (also a reason for stone formation in gallstone).
Additionally it helps in subsiding the pain during the flare up of gallstones.
- 1 glass organic apple juice
- 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
Mix the apple cider vinegar and glass of apple juice. Then drink it once daily.
This is a good natural remedy for a quick relief of the pain due to gallstone attack. If your gallstone already dissolved, still continue to eat apples, you can also have fresh uncooked apple sauce mixed with shredded beets, 2 tbsp olive oil and a little amount of lemon juice.
6. Another Lemon Juice
Same as vinegar, lemon juice also helps in stopping liver from producing cholesterol. So make sure lemon is always in your menu. A half of lemon to a glass of water can be a daily drinking habit twice or thrice in a day.
An alternative remedy using lemon juice to dissolve your gallstones.
- 30ml olive oil
- 30ml fresh organic lemon juice
- 5g organic garlic paste
Mix all the ingredients and drink this mixture every morning on an empty stomach for at least 40 days.
7. Beetroot, Cucumber and Carrot Juice
Natural remedy or juice are the most commonly recommended treatment for gallstones.
These juice are believed to be the best remedy for gallstone including cucumber (detoxify liver and gall bladder), beetroots (helps in strengthening and cleansing of gall bladder, liver, colon and blood) and carrots (also detoxify and provide vitamin C and other nutrients):
- 1 organic beet root
- 1 organic Cucumber
- 4 organic Medium Carrots
Make sure to have equal amount of juices of all the three main ingredients. Just adjust the quantity or the size of the ingredients if you must.
Take out the juice of the three (beetroot, cucumber & carrots). Then mixed their juice, you can take it twice a day.
You can also add celery, apple and ginger for added healthy benefit.
8. Herbal Tea
As herbals are known for its natural treatment, you can also drink a cup of St John’s Wort tea for a few times daily. You can make this by simply boiling water then adding 4 or 5 leaves.