Home Remedies For Kidney Stones

Home Remedies For Kidney Stones

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  1. Kidney stones are a fairly common, but extremely pain disorder.  Kidney stones occur when grains in the kidneys bind together and form a stone made of calcium or uric acid.  Some stones are as small as a grain of sand, while others can be as large as a tangerine.  In most cases, kidney stones are harmless, and can pass from the kidney and through the urinary tract on their own.  In fact, it’s possible to have a kidney stone and never be aware of it.  However, they are known to be extremely painful and in the worst scenarios may require surgery.  There are, however, a few home remedies that you can try to avoid or lessen the occurrence of kidney stones.

    Drink Lots of Water

    Dehydration is one of the most common causes of kidney stones. Making sure that you don’t get dehydrated can keep a kidney stone from forming.  It’s recommended that you drink 8 ounces of water each day.

    Pomegranate Seeds

    Grind a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds into a paste and mix it with a cup of horse gram soup.  This can dissolve the grains in the kidney and prevent stones from forming.

    Watermelon

    Watermelon is made up of mostly water. It is also a safe and healthy diuretic.  This can aid in keeping hydrated and preventing kidney stones.

    Cut Back on Calcium

    Most kidney stones are made from calcium.  Reducing the amount of dairy products, or foods high in calcium (such as spinach or broccoli) can help prevent kidney stones from forming.

    Exercise

    Regular exercise has many benefits and one of them is that it helps calcium pass out of the bloodstream.  This prevents the calcium from forming into kidney stones.  It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days.

    Whole Wheat Bread     

    Whole wheat bread is a good source of magnesium.  Studies show that people with a normal amount of magnesium had fewer occurrences of kidney stones.  Black beans, peanuts and okra are also good sources of magnesium.

    Limit Salt

    Salt has been shown to cause dehydration.  Make sure you limit the amount of salt in your diet to prevent dehydration.  Also, be aware of the amount of salt you intake by liquid.  Some sports drinks have a high amount of salt in them.

    Vitamin A

    Vitamin A is important of healthy kidney function.  Therefore, making sure you eat plenty of foods with vitamin A will help prevent kidney stones.  Vegetables such as carrots are healthy sources of vitamin A.

    Conclusion

    Following these suggestions does not mean you will never get a kidney stone.  About 10% of people develop at least one kidney stone in their lifetime.  Most of those are males in the ages between 20 and 40.  Kidney stones are also known to be hereditary.  If a parent or close relative has had a kidney stone, there is a chances are higher that you will develop one.   To learn more about kidney stones, their causes and prevention, ask your physician for more information.

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