Statistics shows that one in ten people have kidney stones at any point of the lifetime? Latest studies have confirmed that the incidence of kidney stones is greater than ever.
Moreover, about half a million people ‘visit’ emergency rooms, and complain of their kidney issues.
What are kidney stones?
Urine carries dissolved waste materials. When there is too much waste in too little liquid, crystals begin to form.
Crystals join with other elements in solid formations that may grow over time if not expelled through the urine. Usually, these chemicals are eliminated in the urine by the kidneys.
The Proper amount of liquid flushes the chemicals out, and thus prevents the formation of kidney stones. 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.
However, 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.
The formation of kidney stones is triggered by insufficient water intake, excessive/insufficient physical activity, obesity, weight loss surgery, too salty/sugary foods, etc. Infections or genes may sometimes be the underlying cause.
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.
In order to prevent kidney stones formation, drink plenty of filtered water and other fluids!
What else can you do to prevent kidney stone formation?
- Avoid foods with high oxalate content – When combined with calcium and iron, oxalate form crystals that may be excreted in urine or form larger kidney stones that can block the kidney tubules. Avoid peanuts, almonds, wheat bran, spinach, black tea, cashews, hazelnuts, soybeans, soy milk, instant tea, rhubarb, beets, sweet potatoes, dried beans and chocolate.
- Reduce the consumption of animal protein foods
- Avoid foods with high sodium content
- Avoid foods high in calcium.
Drink a glass of water before you go to bed, throughout the night (if you are awake) and before you go back to bed.
The citric acid in lemons breaks up calcium crystals.
Watermelon is often recommended to patients with kidney stones. It is a strong diuretic and contains more water than other fruits, which means it stimulates the elimination of kidney stones.
Potassium also dissolves kidney stones.
Drink plenty of water and citrus juices. Is there any better way of dissolving kidney stones naturally?
Kidney stone juice
- 1 organic orange, peeled
- 1 organic apple
- 1 organic lemon
- 4 slices of organic watermelon
- 4 ice cubes
Blend the ingredients and enjoy your refreshing drink!