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How to Deal With Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are a common problem that can be dealt with in many ways. One way is to manage the pain and discomfort by taking over-the-counter medication, drinking lots of fluids, or using heat packs on your back. If you have a kidney stone, there are some steps you should take because if it gets worse, you might need surgery. In this blog post, we’ll go through what you should do when dealing with kidney stones and how to get rid of them for good without any invasive procedures! 

Staying Hydrated

If you are suffering from kidney stones, staying hydrated is essential. Your doctor will usually recommend drinking lots of water and other liquids to help flush out the stone before it becomes a problem. If you don’t drink enough fluids or start vomiting or have diarrhea, your doctor might give you medication that makes you urinate more often. Keeping hydrated is essential when dealing with stones because your body can’t get rid of the stone without enough fluids. When you don’t drink enough fluids to flush out the stone, it will become more painful and more prominent in size, causing it to stick in the kidney or ureter, preventing urine from draining properly. If this happens, you might need surgery to remove the stone.

Celery Juice

In some cultures, people have used celery juice to reduce the size of kidney stones. You need to drink about a quart a day for it to work. It’s important to note that this treatment isn’t new and has been studied in clinical trials using Kreb celery juice versus magnesium citrate. According to results published in The American Journal of Medicine, drinking celery juice was no more effective than magnesium citrate at reducing the size of kidney stones. If you want to try this treatment, make sure you speak to your doctor first and start with a few ounces of celery juice every day. If it doesn’t work for you after a month or two, don’t continue because it can also cause dehydration and lead to more severe kidney problems.

Watch Your Sodium Intake

You might be asked to reduce your sodium intake to prevent kidney stones. Every day, just a little bit of salt can add up, so checking labels and limiting use is a good idea. If you have severe issues with high blood pressure, then medication doesn’t help with it, or if you have heart problems, it’s even more important to watch what you eat. Reducing sodium will help you flush out your body and prevent stones from forming in the future. Reducing salt intake means cutting out lots of things that people usually add to food, such as fast-food or other processed foods that contain a lot of salt. You’ll have to cook more meals at home if you want to stay healthy and prevent the formation of kidney stones. As a result, you’ll probably feel a lot healthier and have more energy because processed foods contain a lot of salt and sugar, making you sluggish after eating them.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used as a home remedy for kidney stones, and it is said to dissolve small stones in just a few days. Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and drink the solution every day until your kidneys are fully healed. You should always speak to your doctor before attempting any type of home remedy. Apple cider vinegar is said to be safe. However, it can still interact with other medications you might take for your kidney stones, so see what your doctor says before mixing apple cider vinegar and medication.

Low-Fat Diet

According to research published in The Journal of Urology, a low-fat diet might help patients with small to medium-sized kidney stones prevent further infections and keep them from getting more prominent over time. Low-fat foods are also high in water, making it easier to flush out your kidneys.  At the same time, reducing fat in your diet can improve your heart health and lower your risk of developing certain types of cancer. The best way is to incorporate a low-fat diet into your life without changing too many things at once because that can lead to failure. Over time, you can gradually reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Try replacing fatty foods with fruits and vegetables during breakfast and lunch, then stick to lean meats like fish or chicken for dinner. Eating less dairy is also a good idea because that’s high in fat.

Lemon Juice

It’s believed that drinking lemon juice can prevent kidney stones. Try adding about two tablespoons of lemon juice to your water or drink it with another low-sodium beverage instead of soda every day to help flush out the kidneys and reduce the size of kidney stones. Some people say that drinking the warm liquid straight up is more effective than mixing it with water. To do this, you need to drink the lemon juice on an empty stomach so it can be absorbed by your body faster. You shouldn’t have breakfast for at least three hours after drinking the lemon juice.

Conclusion

Kidney stones are painful, and the pain often returns after passing a kidney stone. This is because the stone has left behind tiny crystals in your kidneys that can multiply if you don’t reduce your salt, oxalate, and protein intake. Please make sure to always talk to your doctor before taking any type of home remedy because some might not be safe for you to take, depending on your unique medical history.