The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body. The kidneys help to detox and filter impurities from the blood, as well as waste products in our urine. Kidney stones form when the kidneys are not able to process toxins efficiently. Specifically, a crystallization of unprocessed minerals builds up, causing pain, stones, and possible blockage of urine flow.
There are some good natural home remedies to help soothe the discomfort of kidney stones, as well as speed up the body’s natural healing process.
One very simple and good remedy is Lemon juice and Olive oil. Mix 2 oz of olive oil and 2 oz of lemon juice, and drink it straight down and follow with a large glass of water at the first sign of stone pain. Kidney stone sufferers say that the stone(s) will pass within 24 hours. Some people have eliminated at least 8 stones with this remedy and have not gone back to the urologist since they started taking this. Instead of the lemon juice you can also use apple cider vinegar.
For prevention nettle leaf has a long tradition of safely promoting urination. By keeping water flowing through the kidneys and bladder, nettle helps keep crystals from forming into stones and washes bacteria away. It may also help maintain a kidney-stone-busting balance of electrolytes in the urine. Taking 20-30 drops of nettle leaf tincture per day with plenty of water may help prevent and dissolve kidney stones.
Vitamin A is an essential ingredient for healthy kidneys. One carrot can give you twice your daily requirements for this kidney-friendly nutrient. Foods rich in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, broccoli, and carrots.
The B vitamins, specifically vitamin B6, are well-known stone fighters. Vitamin B6 keeps the body from building up excess oxalate. Too much oxalate is a major factor in kidney stone formation.
Unhealthy food intake is a primary cause of kidney stones. Cut down on the amount of sodas and energy drinks you consume. Avoid processed foods and alcoholic beverages. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet.