Whenever I work in the lab, I don’t like to be disturbed as much as possible even with personal necessities. So I sometimes hold myself and avoid urinating even if I wanted to until I have finished my experiment. But I was afraid it could take a toll on my health.
One of the health problems I fear having is developing kidney stones. Kidney stones develop from the chemicals found in the urine such as the phosphorus, uric acid, oxalic acid and calcium. In my research, I found out that the real common causes of kidney stones are mineral imbalance, dehydration, excessive vitamin D consumption, improper diet and gout.
Many people are asking what do kidney stones feel like because just like me, they are worried they might already have these stones. Regardless of the size of the stones, they can cause severe pain on a person. Other symptoms may also come out such as frequent urination, vomiting, nausea, painful urination and excessive sweating.
Many cases of kidney stones can be treated at home using natural ingredients. Based on my research, here are some of the most common home remedies for avoiding or eliminating kidney stones:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
A mixture of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of honey is one of the most inexpensive home remedies for kidney stones. Drink this mixture several times a day.
2. Olive oil plus lemon juice
The combination of olive oil and lemon juice is a traditional remedy for gallbladder stones, which may also work as well for kidney stones. The citric acid in lemon juice can help break down the vitamin D component of the kidney stones and stop its growth.
Simply combine 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and equal amounts of oil. Drink this mixture followed by water. Drink it three times a day for three days or more. One drawback of this remedy is that it may not be an effective remedy for large stones.
Pomegranate seeds and juice both contain astringent properties which can help in passing kidney stones. Making this fruit a part of your diet can help you avoid and pass kidney stones.
Basil which is one of the most common herbs used in the kitchen is regarded as a good tonic for the kidney and may also help induce expulsion of stones from the kidney. Steep at least five basil leaves in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Let it cool before drinking. You may also add a teaspoon of honey to the tea for better taste. You could take it in the morning before breakfast for at least five months.
5. Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf helps promote smooth urination and can be a good remedy for people with kidney stones. It acts as a natural diuretic and can help avoid the formation of kidney stones. To benefit from this remedy, get a cup of hot water and then add 2 teaspoons of dried nettle leaf. Steep for 10 minutes, strain, and then drink the tea. Drink at least two cups of this tea every day for several weeks.
If you do have kidney stones but are afraid you may develop it because of your lifestyle, or if you already have kidney stones that you want to get rid of, these simple home remedies may be able to help you. You may still need to see your doctor for advice.