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5 Foods That Can Help To Remove Kidney Stones And Prevent The Formation Of New Ones

Kidney stones refer to the hard deposits that are made of salts and minerals which are formed inside the kidneys. It is a condition that occurs when urine becomes concentrated, thus allowing minerals to crystallise and stick together. It is can affect any part of the urinary tract including the kidneys and bladder and it may not show symptoms until it moves around within the kidney and become lodged in the ureters.

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At this stage, the flow of urine is blocked, the kidney becomes swollen, and the ureter spasm, leading to symptoms that include severe, sharp pain in the side and back, below the ribs, pain that radiates to the lower abdomen and groin, pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity, pain or burning sensation while urinating, pink, red or brown urine, a persistent urge to urinate, and cloudy or foul-smelling urine.

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Fortunately, kidney stones can be passed naturally through urine or removed via surgery in severe cases. Passing it naturally often revolve around staying hydrated as drinking plenty of liquids helps to pass kidney stones, prevent the formation of new stones, flush out toxins, and move stones through the urinary tract. However, apart from fluid, certain foods are also known to be effective in helping to pass kidney stones.

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A few examples of them are described below:

1. Lemon juice

Lemons contain a chemical called citrate, which prevents the formation of calcium stones and break up small stones and enhance their passing. You can derive this benefit by adding freshly squeezed lemons into your water.

2. Basil juice

Drinking a tea made with fresh or dried basil leaves can be effective against kidney stones as basil or scent leaf contains acetic acid, which helps in breaking down kidney stones and reduce the severity of its pain. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds also help to maintain good kidney health.

3. Celery juice

Drinking a juice made from blending one or more stalks of celery with water is linked to clearing away toxins that contribute to the formation of kidney stones. It also helps in flushing out the body for easy passing of the stones.

4. Pomegranate juice

Drinking pomegranate juice can also help bring about a general improvement in kidney function. It helps to flush out stones and toxins from the body. It can also lower urine's acidity levels, which would help to reduce the risk of future formation of kidney stones.

5. Water

Increasing your water intake may also help to speed up the process of passing kidney stones. Instead of the normal recommended 8 glasses of water per day, 12 glasses are recommended to help achieve passing kidney stones as dehydration is the major factor in the formation of kidney stones.

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Source: Healthline.com.

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