Staying hydrated is key
Drinking plenty of fluids is an essential part of passing kidney stones and preventing new ones from forming. The liquid not only flushes out toxins but also helps move stones and sand through your urinary tract. Although water alone can be enough to get the job done, adding certain ingredients can be beneficial. Be sure to drink an 8-ounce glass of water immediately after drinking a flavored remedy. This can help move the ingredients through your system.
Talk to your doctor before starting any of the home remedies listed below.
They can assess whether home treatment is right for you or whether it could lead to additional complications. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid using medicinal products. Your doctor can determine if a juice may have side effects for you or your baby.
When passing a stone, increasing your water intake can speed up the process. Aim for 12 glasses of water a day instead of the usual 8. Once the stone is over, you should continue drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water a day. Dehydration is one of the main risk factors for kidney stones, and the last thing you want is for more to form. Pay attention to the color of your urine. It should be a very light, pale yellow. Dark yellow urine is a sign of dehydration.
- Lemon juice
You can add freshly squeezed lemons to your water as many times as you like. Lemons contain citrate, a chemical that prevents calcium stone formation. Citrate can also break up small stones, making them easier to pass through. Lots of lemons would be needed to make a big impact, but a few can help a little. Lemon juice has numerous other health benefits. For example, it inhibits bacterial growth and provides vitamin C.
- Basil juice
Basil contains acetic acid, which helps break down the kidney stones and reduce pain. It’s also full of nutrients. This remedy has been used traditionally for digestive and inflammatory disorders.
There are antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents in basil juice, and it may help maintain kidney health.
Use fresh or dried basil leaves to make a tea and drink several cups per day. You may also juice fresh basil in a juicer or add it to a smoothie.
You shouldn’t use medicinal basil juice for more than 6 weeks at a time. Extended use may lead to:
There’s very little research on how effective basil is for kidney stones, but it does have anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid. Acetic acid helps dissolve kidney stones. In addition to flushing the kidneys, apple cider vinegar can help relieve pain caused by the stones. There are numerous other health benefits of apple cider vinegar.A laboratory study found that apple cider vinegar was effective in reducing kidney stone formation, although more studies are needed. But because of the numerous other health benefits, the risk is likely to be low.
To reap these benefits, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 6 to 8 ounces of purified water. Drink this mixture throughout the day. You should not consume more than one 8-ounce glass of this blend per day. You can also use it directly on salads or add it to your favorite salad dressing. When taken in larger amounts, apple cider vinegar can lead to low potassium levels and osteoporosis. People with diabetes should exercise caution when drinking this blend. Monitor your blood sugar levels carefully throughout the day.
You shouldn’t drink this mixture if you’re taking:
- Celery juice
Celery juice is thought to clear away toxins that contribute to kidney stone formation and has long been used in traditional medications. It also helps flush out the body so you can pass the stone. Blend one or more celery stalks with water, and drink the juice throughout the day.
You shouldn’t drink this mixture if you have:
You also shouldn’t drink this mixture if you’re taking:
- levothyroxine (Synthroid)
- lithium (Lithane)
- medications that increase sun sensitivity, such as isotretinoin (Sotret)
- sedative medications, such as alprazolam (Xanax)
- Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice has been used for centuries to improve overall kidney function. It will flush stones and other toxins out of your system. It’s packed with antioxidants that help keep kidneys healthy and may play a role in preventing kidney stones from forming.
It also lowers the acidity of your urine. Lower acid levels reduce your risk of future kidney stones. The effect of pomegranate juice on preventing kidney stones needs to be better studied, but there seems to be some benefit in taking pomegranate extract as it lowers the risk of stones.
There is no limit to the amount of pomegranate juice you can drink throughout the day.
You shouldn’t drink pomegranate juice if you’re taking:
- medications changed by the liver
- blood pressure medications, such as chlorothiazide (Diuril)
- rosuvastatin (Crestor)
- Kidney bean broth
Boiled kidney bean broth is a traditional dish often found in India and used to improve overall urinary tract and kidney health. It also helps dissolve and flush out the stones.
Simply strain the liquid from cooked beans and drink a few glasses throughout the day.
- Dandelion root juice
Dandelion root is a kidney tonic that stimulates the production of bile. This is believed to help eliminate waste, increase urine output, and improve digestion.
Dandelion contains vitamins (A, B, C, D) and minerals such as potassium, iron and zinc. A study has shown that dandelion is effective in preventing the formation of kidney stones.
You can make fresh dandelion juice or buy it as a tea. If you’re making it fresh, feel free to add orange zest, ginger, and apple as well, if you like. Drink 3 to 4 cups throughout the day. Some people get heartburn from eating dandelion or its parts.
You shouldn’t drink this mixture if you’re taking:
Talk to your doctor before taking dandelion root extract, as it can interact with many medications.
- Wheatgrass juice
Packed with many nutrients, wheatgrass has long been used to improve health. Wheatgrass increases urine flow to allow the stones to pass. It also contains vital nutrients that help cleanse the kidneys. You can drink 2 to 8 ounces of wheatgrass juice a day.
To avoid side effects, start with the smallest amount possible and gradually work your way up to 8 ounces. If fresh wheatgrass juice is not available, you can take powdered wheatgrass supplements as directed. Consuming wheatgrass on an empty stomach can reduce your risk of nausea. In some cases, loss of appetite and constipation may occur.
- Horsetail juice
Horsetail has been used to increase urine flow to help flush out kidney stones and can reduce swelling and inflammation. It also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties that support overall urinary tract health. However, you should not use horsetail for more than 6 weeks at a time. There is a risk of seizures, decreased B vitamin levels, and loss of potassium.
You shouldn’t use horsetail if you’re taking lithium, diuretics, or heart medications like digoxin. Horsetail is not recommended for children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. Horsetail contains nicotine and should not be taken if you are using a nicotine patch or trying to quit smoking.
You also shouldn’t drink horsetail juice if you have:
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