by Megan Edwards
Recently, while visiting a relative in the hospital for kidney stones the doctor told her about adding lemon juice to your diet to help prevent kidney stones.
Kidney stones can be as small as a grain of sand or larger than a pearl. They form as a result of an excess of minerals or other deposits in the kidneys, and they can become lodged in the ureters, the bladder or the urethra. They’re notorious for being painful to pass, especially when they block the flow of urine. In many cases your doctor might send you home with the advice to consume extra fluids until the stone passes. Bigger stones can be pulverized using medical technology, breaking them into small bits so they can flow through your system.
However, after some research I discovered how lemon juice can help with dissolving a kidney stone and maybe even prevent them from recurring.
Pure lemon juice raises the citrate levels in urine, and this is known to protect you against calcium stones. Although you may opt for orange juice, it is important to note that it will not lower the calcium levels in your kidneys, and it actually increases your oxalate levels. As such, orange juice is not recommended for kidney stone treatment. It is also important to get proper diagnosis from your health provider before you opt for any type of home remedy. This is because there are several diseases associated with the kidney that display similar symptoms as those of kidney stones. Taking the right measures promptly could save you a lot of pain and expenses.
Studies show that, to prevent and help pass a kidney stone, 1/2 cup of pure lemon juice twice a day helps keep the kidney stones from forming.
We already know that lemon juice is very acidic. The acid in the juice eats away the deposits that form the stones in the first place, therefore making it easier to pass and preventing them.
So, if you are prone to kidney stones or suffering from them currently, talk to your doctor to see if you this could help you.