Kidney stones are not an uncommon disease now. There are approximately 1 million cases of kidney every year in India. But what exactly are the kidney stones? Let us find out. Kidney stones are small blocks or masses of salts and minerals. These masses are called stones for their appearance and they are formed and deposited inside kidneys, though they can get deposited in part of the urinary tract. These stones can range from being an inch large to the size of a small ping pong ball.
There are many causes of kidney stones, one of the most important of them being dehydration or lack of intake of fluids in the body. Other being an unhealthy diet, obesity, over medication, lack of intake of fibrous foods, alcohol etc. It is a painful and serious condition but it indeed can be cured by medication and by home remedies as well.
Here are few home remedies which can be useful and effective on kidney stones.
22. EAT LOW SODIUM FOODS:
Salts are one of the causes of kidney stones. Salts are known for water retention and this water retention is bad if you want to cure your kidney stones. Go on low sodium diets, avoid eating too many salts and high sodium content foods like canned meat, pickles etc.
The products with sodium that needs to be avoided are:
- Sodium bicarbonate ( baking soda)
- Baking soda ( contains sodium bicarbonate)
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Sodium nitrate
- Disodium phosphate
All these products are mention of the items you buy, so check before you consume.
21. AVOID ALCOHOL:
Alcohol contains purines, a compound which can increase kidney stone risk. Also as we all know alcohol is bad for kidneys. Consumption of alcohol results in excess dehydration, so avoiding alcohol may help you with your kidney stones.
20. CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT:
Although weight is not a direct cause of kidney stones it is proven in past few years that having a controlled is essential if want to avoid kidney stones. It goes like this, being overweight equals to unhealthy diet and lifestyle practices (in most cases not all) and these unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits put pressure on all the organs of your body including kidneys. So it always better to have a controlled weight.
19. AVOID UNHEALTHY EATING HABITS
Coming from the last point, healthy eating habits are a must. We tend to ignore the habits and eat foods which are bad for kidneys. Keep an eye on your food list, what you take in. The foods that are to be avoided are
- Foods that are high in oxalates: spinach, potato chips/fries, peanuts, bran flakes, rhubarb,
- Animal protein: beef, chicken, pork, cheese, milk ( limit, not stop)
- Junk foods, canned, instant foods, packaged foods. (high on preservatives)
- Other foods: chocolate, tofu, grits.
18. INCREASE THE CALCIUM CONTENT IN DIET:
Calcium plays important role in kidney stones (calcium oxalate stones), the low levels of calcium in the body can cause the increased levels of oxalate according to Harvard health education. The ideal amount of calcium should be consumed every day to avoid the formation of calcium oxalate stones.
17. STOP CRASH DIET:
Crash dieting is just a fancy name given to starving, dieting increases the level of uric acid, and purines are converted into uric acid. High levels of uric acids cause kidney stones. Stop starving.
16.EAT FIBRE RICH FOODS:
Increase the fibre of your diet, this fibre helps is terminating the growth of existing kidney stones and avoids the formation of new ones. It helps is sticking the oxalates to the walls of intestines which allow them to pass through stools.
Some foods rich in fibres are oats, wheat, wheat cereals, cabbage, and carrot.
15. EAT FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN MAGNESIUM:
Magnesium avoids calcium to combine with oxalates which are stone forming elements, thus prevents kidney stones. Foods high in magnesium are banana, avocados.
AHEAD ARE SOME WELL KNOWN FOODS THAT CAN HELP ELIMINATE KIDNEY STONES:
14. NETTLE LEAF TEA :
Nettle leaf tea naturally detoxifies the body from harmful substances like purines and oxalates, it helps in halting the growth of existing stones.
You can buy nettle leaf tea online.
13. COCONUT WATER:
Coconut water is high in potassium and this helps in cutting down the formation of kidney stones via potassium citrate. It is proven that coconut water is effective on kidney stone and can be consumed easily. Avoid packaged coconut water, go for natural one.
As we know, watermelon is nothing but water, and water is the key to avoid kidney stones. Watermelon is an easy way to rapidly increase the intake of water into the body. Go for fruit, and not for canned watermelons.
11. UVA URSI:
Uva Ursi is commonly used as a traditional way for curing and avoiding kidney stones. It is helpful in preventing urinary tract infections as well.
You can consume it in a tea or capsule form (refer to your doctor before consuming capsules.)
10. LEMON JUICE:
Lemon juice is high in natural citrates which is helpful in preventing kidney stones. You can simply squeeze half lemon into a glass of water and drink this. Avoid putting sugar, sugar can increase the chances of kidney stones.
9. LEMON WITH OLIVE OIL:
These both ingredients can help in lessening the pain of kidney stone. Olive oil in smoothening the passage in urinary tracts due to its thick texture. Combine lemon juice, olive and water and drink it in morning daily.
8. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
Again another citrate-rich drink that may help in dissolving the stones. Apple cider vinegar has various health benefits and is a natural detox for your body. Dissolve one spoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink this daily.
Celery is high in fibre and fibre is helpful in preventing kidney stones. The seeds of celery are useful in treating the stones.
6. DANDELION ROOT EXTRACT:
Dandelion extract is a traditional way of treating stones. Dandelions have a certain extract which increases the bile production and flush out the waste from the body. These are available in a form of tea or juice.
5. KIDNEY BEANS:
Kidney beans are rich in magnesium and are useful for kidney stones. These beans help in preventing the growth of stones and prevents other kidney infections.
Basil is rich in acetic acid which helps in the breakdown of kidney stones. It is a detoxifying agent and helps is throwing out the waste out of the body. You can make a tea for yourself by putting basil leaves or dried basil into hot water and letting it sit for 10 min.
3. WHEATGRASS JUICE:
Wheatgrass increases the urine production which helps in flushing out the stones out of the body. You can buy wheatgrass juice online and drink it daily.
2. POMEGRANATE JUICE:
Pomegranate is rich in anti-oxidants which help in easing out the passage and preventing the stones. It helps in lowering the acidity in urine. Eat whole pomegranate seeds or juice it, avoid canned/packaged fruit/juice.
The root cause of kidney stones is lack of water intake. Most of all people do not drink sufficient amount of water daily which leads to dehydration. Drink 6-7 glasses of water every day if you want to avoid kidney stones. Either you are suffering from it the first thing you need to do is drinking a lot of water. Water helps in flushing out the stones from the body naturally.