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Natural ways to prevent and get rid of kidney stones

Updated on September 28, 2010

Proper diet and natural remedies to get rid of kidney stones

Renal Lithiasis also called nephrolithiasis, urolithiasis, urinary lithiasis or more popularly known as kidney stones consists of the formation of calculi or stones in the interior of the kidney, it may also occur in the urinary bladder, but this is less frequently. The calculi or stones are formed because the substances that normally dissolved in the urine precipitate and accumulate in a solid mass. Most calculi or stones are formed of calcium oxalate, magnesium ammonium phosphate, calcium phosphate or urates.

The kidneys are the primary organs responsible for filtering and eliminating all toxics and foreign substances from the blood - external contaminations enter the body through food, medications and foreign chemical substances.We make this process more difficult for our kidneys by not eating right and drinking enough fluids.

A diet of plant based foods is the most satisfying for preventing the formation of calculi or kidney stones. Excess protein, particularly from animal sources, generates a great deal of waste products that must be eliminated, over-loading the kidneys.

If you are prone to having kidney stones then you should consider changing your eating habits to that of a vegetarian. A vegetarian diet has many advantages over the omnivorous diet in that it contains less sodium and phosphorus, as well as fewer proteins and substances that overload the kidneys. By eating fresh fruits and vegetables it facilitates the purifying function of the kidneys, together with water they are the kidneys best allies. One of the best ways to prevent kidney stones is by drinking abundant water and eating sufficient fresh fruits and vegetables to produce a urine volume of at least two liters or more daily.Naturally the diuretic action of these foods is much less intense than diuretic medications. However, they have the advantage that they can be used everyday throughout life without the risk of side effects.

Foods to avoid:

Avoid vegetables containing large quantities of oxalic acid, such as spinach and rhubarb. Chocolate and cocoa also contain oxalic acid and must not be used.

Avoid smoking

Avoid all dairy products

Eliminate all salt from diet

Avoid all refined food products, such as white rice, white flour, macaroni, etc.

Brown rice is beneficial

Avoid overeating.

Allow at least five hours to lapse between meals, and never eat between meals.

Lack of exercise contributes to the development of kidney stones.

Ways to get rid of Kidney stones:

Here is a recipe that has been used successfully for dissolving kidney stones:-.

Wash six to eight medium sized beets. Slice them, and cook in 1 quart of water until tender. (Do not use aluminum cookware.) Strain the beets and refrigerate the juice. Drink three glasses of this tea daily. Usually this procedure needs to be done only once, however it may be repeated if necessary.

Consume a low-protein vegetarian diet with emphasis on raw and cooked vegetables and fruits.

Never mix fruits and vegetables at the same meal.

For two to three days, go on a juice fast, use mainly vegetable juices, such as cucumber, celery or carrot. Add garlic to other juices.

Cranberry juice is excellent for treating kidney stones, drink as much as possible.

Garlic, potatoes, asparagus, parsley, watercress, cocumbers, and celery are excellent vegetables to use when suffering from kidney stones.

Papaya and banana are the best fruits to be eaten for their healing effects. Other fruits may be eaten with benefit.

Watermelon is excellent, but it should be eaten alone, not mixed with other fruits or vegetables.

I have used this recipe myself a couple of times when I felt I may have kidney stones because sometimes I usually go long periods without drinking the right amount of water. The pain usually goes away after drinking this juice. I have always believed this is what helps me, but I was made a true believer in this recipe when a friend of mine was diagnosed with kidney stones so big she was scheduled to have an operation to remove them. I told her about this recipe which she did three times along with changing her diet.

When she went in to have the operation, they did an x-ray but could not find any stones, they did another and still there were no stones so they cancelled the operation and sent her home. she was only too happy to return home without having to do this operation.

Those who have suffered the excruiating pain of kidney stones would naturally want to do everything possible to avoid a repeat of such an experience .This includes modifications to their dietary habits such as those described above.



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      Jacques 3 years ago

      Try this guide, it will helps you cure kidney stone fast without pill. More at:

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      Andreas 3 years ago

      I could never understand the why of the constant back and shoulder pain that I would have off and on and at times would be be so painful my eyes would water! Coincidentally, I received a letter from the hospital saying that I have lodged kidneys stones which aren't causing any obstruction??? WHAT? What about my damn pain!!!!????

      I'm so glad I found this on the the WEB! I thank you very much!

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      Leelesh 4 years ago

      Good ones but tell me useful tips i got 3 stones of 9 mm each one treated through Lithotripsy other multiple stones of less than 5 mm

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      barby2kool 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Mwb I wonder who told you that? My family , friends and fellow countrymen have been using this remedy for years with wonderful results. I say wondeful because they never had to go to the doctor to have their kidney stones removed.

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      conradofontanilla 5 years ago from Philippines

      I am not a doctor. I am a graduate in Agriculture that provided me background in organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, botany, biology and genetics. I read on biochemistry and molecular biology as a hobby. I am a victim of myocardial ischemia and had angina. I did literature research and rejected coronary arterial bypass graft surgery recommended by my conventional cardiologist. Making the decision myself, I opted for infusion chelation therapy for my heart problem. I am getting well. I had kidney stone earlier and was operated on in 1983, partial nephrectomy on my right that is still working. My stones consisted of calcium oxalate. I wonder where would I get calcium and oxalate if not from extra supply that my body does not need and could not dispose off? So far I have no recurrence of kidney stone. I have a Hub "How best to reduce risks of kidney stones."

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      tete 5 years ago

      sorry...the rest of my post as cut out....part two: I love everything about this article and I have been thinking about going on this diet, I also do not believe all doctors have all the facts and sometimes they are wrong about things.I am just confused in what to eat and I want to be healthy and I also worry about kidney disease, because my sister has it PKD.I was tested and was negative.

      Any good books you recommend? I am trying to be educated about it.

      Thank you!

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      tete 5 years ago

      I am so confused, I have several Kidneys stones, I was told to stay away from oxalate spinach, nuts, wheat bran and to stay away from sodas with colas and fructose.I asked about cranberry juice.....and it said:Although cranberry juice is often promoted as useful for preventing urinary tract infections, it contains oxalate and may be harmful to stone formers.

      I was told not to cut out calcium, but a new study said:Calcium from food does not increase the risk of calcium oxalate stones. Calcium in the digestive tract binds to oxalate from food and keeps it from entering the blood, and then the urinary tract, where it can form stones. People who form calcium oxalate stones should include 800 mg of calcium in their diet every day, not only for kidney stone prevention but also to maintain bone density. A cup of low-fat milk contains 300 mg of calcium. Other dairy products such as yogurt are also high in calcium.

      all the info was given to me by my doctor a kidney specialist and the info on paper from The National Kidney foundation.....i googled kidney health diet recipes and I got this site, decided to read...not liking it....

      are you a doctor? i am suffering with kidneys stones, I want to be healthy and articles should only be posted by physicians who went to school for many years to study the human body.

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      ronpas 5 years ago

      very informative article.i too had suffered from kidney stone problem at one point of time in my life and i too also had used this method.It had really helped me.

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      conradofontanilla 5 years ago from Philippines

      You are right in avoiding the use of aluminum wares. Fibers from them also contribute to Alzheimer's disease. Tangles of aluminum fibers had been found on the brain of Al victims. Their blood also abounds with aluminum fiber. Fortunately, aluminum fibers can be removed by chelation therapy and by consuming fruits and vegetables that are red, blue and purple. These contain the pigment anthocyanin that chelate aluminum.

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      Mwb 5 years ago

      But I was told that beets were bad for kidney stones ?

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      barby2kool 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Victoria Trix, glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      barby2kool 7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you ankigar87 I really enjoy writing this hub, and to jeanie.stecher it really is your call you just have to discipline yourself and learn to eat healthy. Thank you guys for dropping by.

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      jeanie.stecher 7 years ago from Seattle

      Self discipline especially with your eating habit is important. Make a plan with your everyday food intake, avoid junk and unhealthy food. After all it's your call.

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      ankigarg87 7 years ago

      This is such a great hub.