One of the main causes of kidney stones formation is insufficient water intake, consuming salty or sugary foods, insufficient physical activity, obesity, weight loss surgery, as well as infections or genes.
The risk of developing kidney stones rises with increased consumption of fructose-rich foods such as corn syrup and refined table sugar.
Our kidney work as blood purification stations, and when a waste starts building up, it stimulates the creation of crystals. With time, these crystals start joining together creating a large kidney stone.
With sufficient intake of water, those crystals are flushed out of the body however if kidney stones start forming, they can travel down the urinary tract into the ureter. Kidney stones are mostly chemicals, such as urate, phosphate, calcium, oxalate, cystine, xanthine.
If not flushed out in time, these crystals can lead to a back-up of urine in the kidneys, ureter, the bladder or the urethra, and causes severe pain. In very few cases, if the kidney stone are small in size, they can leave the body without you even noticing.
To prevent the formation of kidney stones, remember to drink a lot of water! Also, follow the following advice:
-Lower the animal protein intake
-Avoid foods high in calcium.
-Lemons contain citric acid which helps to dissolve the calcium crystals
-Avoid sodium-rich foods
-Avoid foods that contain oxalate, as if mixed with calcium and iron, oxalate creates crystals which may be released while doing number 1, or might form even bigger kidney stones that can block the kidney function.
-Avoid peanuts, soybeans, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, black tea, wheat bran, and spinach
-Watermelon is a perfect food to fight and remove kidney stones
-Kidney stones can be dissolved by potassium
-Drink PLENTY of water!
This juice recipe will help you treat kidney stones naturally:
What you need:
-One organic apple
-Four slices of watermelon with seeds
-One organic lemon
-One peeled orange
-Four small cubes of ice
Use a blender to mix all the ingredients and enjoy this delicious drink!
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