How to prevent kidney stones with cranberries
You don't want kidney stones
It's been said that kidney stones produce one of the most painful sensations possible for a human being. Women who have been through a natural childbirth with no pain killers have said passing a kidney stone was actually much more painful. The good news is the cause of kidney stones is known and there are some things you can do to prevent it.
Kidney stones are formed when calcium mixes with phosphates in the kidneys. Although they are only sand-sized particles, kidney stones through some very small tubes when exiting the body and cause excruciating pain.
Don't eliminate calcium from your diet
Even though calcium might be part of the cause, it's not wise to eliminate it from the diet. Calcium is very important to our health and helps prevent osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Instead, we want to decreases the calcium in our kidneys and prevent it from joining with phosphates to form kidney stones.
Drink cranberry juice or cranberry tea
By drinking a cranberry drink made from real cranberries, you not only lower the concentration of calcium in the kidneys, but the quinic acid in the cranberries will help prevent the joining of calcium and phosphates. Drink a couple glasses of cranberry juice a day, more or less, depending on the concentration of real cranberries.
Don't drink too much cranberry juice
As with most things concerning your health, you can overdo it. Too much cranberry juice will increase the acidity of your urine, which can actually increase the chance of you having a kidney stone. So you want to add cranberry juice to your diet, but stick to just a couple smaller glasses a day. Spread them out during the day as well.