When your kidneys are not functioning properly the collection of urinary wastes can develop into kidney stones 12. Because your kidneys work to filter out toxins, they can become blocked when stressed by diet or other physical considerations, and mineral deposits can begin to collect until finally they block the flow of urine. When these deposits increase in size, they become stone-like, causing painful symptoms such as lower back pain, pain in your groin, blood in your urine and discomfort while urinating. Kidney stones are generally composed of calcium and oxalate, uric acid, cysteine or struvite, which comes from urinary tract infections 12.
Fresh vegetables, due to their fiber content, are important for helping your body pass kidney stones 12. Made as fresh salads or lightly steamed, they will help cleanse your system while clearing the way for your kidneys to function more effectively. The higher chlorophyll content of vegetables such as asparagus, parsley and wheat grass is also very beneficial.
Fresh fruits are essential for assisting your body in cleansing and passing kidney stones 12. Watermelon is one of the best fruits for detoxifying your body. Freshly squeezed lemon in water before each meal is another way to help detoxify your system, providing it with a high dose of alkalinity, which makes it easier for acidic stones to dissolve.
Foods rich in fiber help to sweep out toxins while helping to rid your body of the excess calcium, oxalates and other acids that contribute to kidney stones 12. Unrefined oats and bran are excellent breakfast choices if you have, or want to avoid, kidney stones 12.
There are a host of herbs that help your kidneys to function properly while also assisting them in dissolving stones. These include:
- corn silk
- gravel root
- kava kava
Fresh basil leaves strengthen your kidneys, and are delicious when blended with purified water and a small amount of honey.
The more purified water you can drink, the better the chance of flushing out kidney stones 12. Two liters of water a day should be your goal. There are cases where kidney stones form due to your body becoming dehydrated, so make sure you keep yourself flush with the benefits of pure water 12.
Try to eat only organically grown fruits and vegetables. This way you are not adding toxins created by pesticides and other contaminants, which can add insult to injury in the case of kidney stones 12.
There are many warnings against eating excess calcium if you suffer from kidney stones 12. In this case, calcium supplements may be cause for concern, but not calcium found in foods. Consult your health provider if you have any doubts 1. Consult the herbal specialist in your local health food store if you have any concerns about any of the herbs listed above 1.
When your kidneys are not functioning properly the collection of urinary wastes can develop into kidney stones2. Made as fresh salads or lightly steamed, they will help cleanse your system while clearing the way for your kidneys to function more effectively. The higher chlorophyll content of vegetables such as asparagus, parsley and wheat grass is also very beneficial. Unrefined oats and bran are excellent breakfast choices if you have, or want to avoid, kidney stones2. These include: nettle, bearberry, cleavers, corn silk, crampbark, gravel root, kava kava, hydrangia.
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