The pain from having a kidney stone can be excruciating. This is why it is vital you ensure you are doing all you can to prevent the formation of kidney stones in the first place through natural means.
Of those who have had kidney stones in the past, almost half will go on to develop another case of kidney stones within 7 years if they do not put in motion preventative measures immediately. Kidney stones are formed when specific chemicals become concentrated enough in the urine which then forms crystals.
Most stones occur when calcium combines with one of two substances: oxalate or phosphorous. Stones can also form from uric acid, which forms as the body metabolizes protein.
These crystals then grow into larger stones over time if unresolved, which at all times means they can make their way through the urinary tract. If this happens, stones can get stuck somewhere which will cause pain and block the flow of urine.
Applying a prevention plan doesn’t need to be complicated. Read about how these 5 common foods could help prevent you from getting kidney stones again or for the first time.
1. Aloe Vera
A recent Thai study found that aloe gel, from the plant, was found to prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Khon Kaen University in Thailand carried out the study on 31 health male medical students aged between 18 and 23 years of age, with the results being published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand.
The subjects were given 100 g of fresh aloe gel twice a day, for seven consecutive days. And at the end of the study the researchers concluded that changes in chemical compositions of urine after aloe consumption showed potential for preventing kidney stone formation among adults.
2. Freshly Squeezed Oranges
A new study has found that one glass of orange juice (freshly squeezed) a day could help prevent kidney stones.
This study was published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, where 13 participants were recruited, 9 of these were healthy participants and 4 had kidney stones.
The results found orange juice to be very beneficial due to its high amount of citrate.
3. Dandelion Greens
A study has found that calcium rich foods can cut kidney stone risk; this is the opposite of what health experts previously thought. The study found that a high intake of calcium rich foods may reduce a young women’s risk of developing kidney stones, and that calcium supplementation is unlikely to offer any benefit.
This demonstrates nicely the major difference between food based nutrients and nutrients in a pill, which often has low bioavailability.
Dandelion greens are a calcium rich food, and just one cup of chopped dandelion greens contains 103 milligrams of calcium – which is 10% of the recommended daily value. Dandelion greens are also a low oxalate food, which is why they are suitable for kidney stone formers.
Health Tip: To increase your daily intake of bio-available calcium, try adding 3 cups of wild/organic dandelion greens to a smoothie.
4. When Life Gives You Lemons Make…
All citrus fruits contain citrate, but lemon juice may be more beneficial to some due to them containing almost five times as much as that of orange juice.
A recent study published in the Journal of Urology, has found that drinking 2 liters of lemonade daily doubled urinary citrate in people with decreased urinary citrate.
Comprising of 96 per cent water – organic crisp lettuce can help you up your intake of water, as a lack of which has been found to be the leading cause of kidney stone formation in those that are prone.
The Annals of Internal Medicine published a study that found that increasing total fluid intake can reduce the risk of kidney stones, with the choice of beverage also potentially being meaningful.