As previously discussed by Joe Cosgrove in other articles, kidneys are one of the most vital organs in the body. They play a no less than a vital role in ensuring the body’s proper functioning: they help filter waste and impurities from the blood, and regulate fluid levels within the body. They also, as stated in other articles, are responsible for sending out excess water and toxins as urine; however, due to several reasons of different nature, whenever kidneys fail at excreting these toxins, impurities, waste products and unprocessed minerals, kidney stones start to form.
Kidney stones are also different in nature: they may be either small or big, and its type often varies. Small kidney stones, nevertheless, are easily treated: the symptoms are quite clear, and since there is a high probability to identify this problem during its early stages, small kidney stones can be treated on time, thusly sparing individuals the excruciating pain commonly associated with this disease. There are, then, several causes and symptoms that help physicians and even individuals, in general, identify whether they have a kidney stone: the general cause often refers to an evident lack of water in the body, an increased production of acid in the urine, several urethral infections, amongst others. Be that as it may, these small stones are can, to some extent, be easily cured and treated if found during an early stage.
Symptoms may vary: excessive pain in the abdominal region, lower back or the urinary tract. The pain, traditionally referred to as highly excruciating, can go from sharp to mild depending on size, type, and the severity. There is also an evident urge to empty the bladder, and in some cases, individuals have noticed the presence of blood in the urine. Additionally, it is possible to experience episodes of nausea and severe vomit, chills and persistent sweating. Be that as it may, the symptomatology may vary depending on the nature of the stones and the individual.
Aside from the already covered medical ways to treat kidney stones, there are some natural remedies that have proven to be effective at removing stones. Here are six different foods that help the body eliminate small stones while reducing the likelihood of future stone formations:
It is not a coincidence that kidney beans have a very close resemblance to human kidneys. They are known for helping the body get rid of kidney stones while cleansing the organs in questions. Kidney beans possess a high fiber content and embody a great source of both vitamins (especially B vitamin) and minerals, a key to helping the body cleanse the urinary tract and improve its overall functioning.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is rich in citric acid. Citric acid plays a major role in helping the body dissolve the stones while alkalising both an individual’s blood and urine—which is vital for treating and ultimately removing kidney stones.
Its consumption has been linked to an increased elimination of all of those waste products and toxins that may end up as a kidney stone.
More than the juice itself, the seeds of this fruit has proven to be effective and important at removing small kidney stones since they represent a major source of potassium. Potassium, aside from many benefits, also helps prevent the development of mineral crystals that can end up being kidney stones. Additionally, potassium also increases the body’s capability to reduce the formation of kidney stones give its astringent nature and properties, lowering the acidity levels in the urine and thusly getting rid of existent toxins.
According to recent studies, there seems to be an existing correlation between drinking dandelion root tea and the overall health of the kidney. In fact, it seems that this beverage acts as a kidney tonic that further improves bile production—which eliminates the waste and enhances an individual’s digestion.
Basil possesses diuretic properties, and it even acts as a cleansing food that helps in eliminating kidney stones from the body. Besides, due to its nature, it lowers acidity levels in the urine and the blood, thusly cleansing the organs. Basil is a major source of acetic acid and other vital essential oils that help in breaking down kidney stones into much smaller parts so that they can pass through the urinary tract and exit the body. Studies have also shown that basil acts as a natural painkiller.
Olive Oil And Lemon
Due to its nature, olive oil is a well-known element that helps in allowing stones pass through the organs to the bladder. Lemons, on the other hand, are amongst the foods with the highest concentration of citrate. By consuming dilute lemon juice on a daily basis, individuals can decrease the likelihood of further stone formation.
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