I’m consulting with more and more clients who are having kidney stone attacks, MOSTLY MEN. It is my professional observance that men are not as good about hydration and I believe that’s why I’m seeing more prevalence of these disorders than ever before. They certainly are NOT drinking half of their body weight in ounces. If they are drinking, it’s coffee or tea with caffeine, which actually dehydrates because for every cup of caffeine it literally “sucks” two cups of water out of the body. The following are guidelines I use and recommend to help you both proactively and reactively if you become a victim of this painful disorder that can literally bring a 200-pound man to his knees...CLICK to continue reading...
Kidney stones are an extremely painful, and often a recurring issue once you have them – they can last for weeks at a time. This condition affects approximately 10% of the world population and most common in men between the ages of 30 and 70.
Stones are formed when high levels of calcium, sodium, uric acid (the same substance that causes gout flare-ups), or other crystal-forming substances build-up in the urine to levels which the body cannot properly eliminate. These substances gather and chemically bond to each other forming a stone inside the organ. Some kidney stones are very small and may be passed out in the urine with minimal or no symptoms. Others may grow quite large and eventually become lodged in the opening of the urethra – the tube that allows urine to pass from each kidney to the bladder. When this occurs, the stones cause pain, frequent urge to urinate, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, allover malaise, and even fever, among other symptoms.
- If you’re one of the unlucky 10% who has experienced kidney stones, or if someone in your family has been a victim, (kidney stones are hereditary), you probably want to read on to discover the top ten natural remedies for kidney stones that will help prevent, alleviate the discomfort of, and break apart those nasty little rocks before they become a big problem, Naturally.
1. Hydration, Hydration, Hydration, Hydration, Hydration, Hydration…you get the message!
We know that in order for our body to function properly we must drink lots of water. It is advised to consume half your body weight in ounces daily. (Example: If you weigh 200 lbs. you need 100 oz. of water). However, when you have kidney stones or if you think that you might be susceptible to them, it’s absolutely critical to keep adequate fluids running through your system in order to flush out the minerals and other substances that build-up and cause stones to form. A visual clue you are not consuming sufficient water is that the darker your urine is, the more water you need. When your urine comes out clear, or close to it like a very pale-yellow tinted color, you know you’re drinking enough.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Apple cider vinegar is on the “Top 10 Natural Ingredients for Health” list for good reason. Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective remedy for a long list of ailments, including kidney stones. Not only will ACV help break apart and flush stones, regular consumption of around 2 tablespoons per day can help to prevent future occurrences. Try an apple cider vinegar tonic first thing in the morning, again around midday, and a third time in the evening to reap the health benefits of this incredible natural remedy and get rid of your kidney stones at the same time. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of Raw Organic Unfiltered ACV (the ONLY one I’ll use and recommend is by Bragg). You can use an all-natural sweetener such as honey or Stevia powder and about 4 ounces of water. You can easily add to a protein or green drink as well. I like it on its own in a shot-glass of water but the important thing is to take it.
3. Lemon Juice + Olive Oil
While this method may not be suitable for people with larger stones, those with smaller kidney stones can try a concoction of lemon juice and olive oil to help break them apart and flush them out. Mix ¼ cup each of lemon juice and olive oil, drink, and follow up with at least 8 ounces of warm water. Just make sure you’re using only high-quality ingredients so you don’t accidentally introduce something into your body (like sucrose or H.F.C.S.) that worsens the condition.
For a delicious, organic lemon juice with zero added sweeteners, pesticides, or other contaminants, I recommend Pure Organic Unsweetened Lemon Juice. Make sure to use a 100% Pure Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to experience the best olive oil flavor and maximum all-natural health potential.
4. Pomegranate Juice
A 2008 Study concluded that pomegranate juice prevents the formation of certain types of kidney stones. If you think you’re at risk for kidney stones, enjoy a serving or two of un-sweetened pomegranate juice every day. Not only will your kidneys thank you, pomegranates are also full of antioxidants that protect the body from damaging free radicals. You can use the pure juice diluted to make it a pleasant thirst-quencher or add some to sparkling mineral water.
5. Nettle Leaf Tea
While Stinging Nettle is most commonly used for joint support and to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms, it is also a powerful diuretic with anti-bacterial properties. Drinking two to three cups of nettle leaf tea per day will work wonders to flush minerals and toxins out of the kidneys, halt the growth of existing stones, and discourage formation of new ones, all the while helping to prevent urinary tract infections – another known cause of kidney stones.
6. Vegetable Proteins
It’s a well-known fact that over-consumption of certain animal proteins can cause kidney stones. If you are prone to the condition, consider replacing some (not necessarily all) of the meats in your diet with vegetable protein sources. While a lot of people may groan at the idea of giving up their beef, pork, eggs, fish, chicken, etc. – the excruciating pain of passing a kidney stone after kidney stone might be incentive enough. Some excellent veggie sources of protein include green peas, chia seeds, quinoa, spirulina, almonds, beans, and hummus. Just remember, you need anywhere from 50-80 grams of protein per day. If you plan to switch from meat to vegetable sources, you may want to first familiarize yourself with the protein contents of these foods.
Best way to calculate current natural health recommendations for a healthy protein intake daily is to: multiply your weight times 0.36 – this provides a clear indicator of how many grams of protein your body needs under normal circumstances (without adjusting for extreme physical activity or body-building). EXAMPLE: Weight of 200 lbs. x 0.36 = 72 grams of protein needed.
7. Get Your Fiber
Many vegetable protein sources also have the benefit of being great sources of insoluble fiber – another effective remedy for halting the growth of existing kidney stones and preventing the formation of new ones. Insoluble fiber helps to reduce calcium in the urinary tract by binding to it in the intestines. Calcium passed through the stool means less of the mineral is available to crystallize in the kidneys. Some great sources of soluble fiber include whole grains, legumes, fruits, and green vegetables.
While many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fiber, be aware that they may also contain high levels of oxalate which is one of the major causes of kidney stones. Read more about high-oxalate foods in the article by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Click HERE for the complete article.
8. Kidney Beans
On a similar note (and somewhat ironically) Kidney beans – so called for their resemblance in shape and color to the same-named organ – are also great for clearing up kidney stones. Kidney beans are not only very high in fiber, they’re also a great source of non-animal protein, B vitamins, and minerals that improve urinary tracts and kidney health. To get the most out of your kidney beans, cook them in water (avoid meat broth, salt, etc.) until they are tender enough to eat. Strain the liquid, let it cool, then strain it again. You can drink the resulting bean broth to help dissolve and flush out stones then eat the delicious beans themselves to boost your overall kidney health.
9. Two Chinese Herbs to the Rescue
For centuries the Chinese have used these two herb blends both for dissolving kidney stones and to help prevent them from forming. These are professional formulas and only available through natural health care practitioners. To order from the exclusive distributor, Natural Rejuvenation Solutions (formerly the Health Matters Store) call 888.352.8175.
A. Pyrrosia: Complex formula made of herbs used for urinary tract infections, gravel in kidneys, bladder and urethra, inflammation of the prostate, painful or obstructed urination and interstitial cystitis. Take as directed.
B. Lysimachia: Complex formula including herbs used for centuries for gallbladder stones, and digestive disorders with symptoms of fullness. Take as directed.
10. Homeopathic Remedy
This proprietary homeopathic complex contains highly diluted tinctures of specific herbs used for centuries to strengthen kidney function, prevent stones from forming and helping to dissolve once formed. Since a homeopathic is not a drug, per se, you can’t expect immediate relief. It’s important to take 6 drops 3-4x daily once you’ve experienced an attack for at least ninety days. Thereafter, most people can use 6 drops morning and at bedtime to help avoid a repeat event. If at any time you feel symptoms of an attack, immediately begin the higher dose and consult with a nutritionally-aware health care professional. This blend is a professional proprietary product, available exclusively through, Natural Rejuvenation Solutions (formerly the Health Matters Store) by calling 888.352.8175.