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Five Ways to Stay Hydrated When You Have a Kidney Stone

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Kidney stones, the ones that you have to pass and not get out via surgery, can be a bit confusing. You’re asked to drink lots of fluids.


The reason being, the liquid will help flush the toxic build up in the urinary tract, taking the stone along with it.

Water is the first choice that comes to mind when you are asked to stay hydrated. But often, home-made juices and flavored drinks also prove helpful. Of course, they aren’t substitutes to the 8-12 glasses of water you’re supposed to drink each day before the stone passes.

Home-remedies are, however, not very directed at dealing with ailments. They may help you go through the kidney stone passing process. However, you must speak with your medical practitioner and ensure that your condition has no abnormalities or exceptions(pregnancy, for example) that can cause complications if you ingest any of the given ingredients.

Pinch a small section of lemon in your daily water fill. The citrate constituent will help break up small stones. It’ll keep the calcium from amalgamating and forming bigger stones while it’ll facilitate the passing of smaller pieces.

This fluid is another source of citric acid. In addition to assisting in kidney stone break-ups, apple cider vinegar can also help by reducing the pain that often accompanies kidney stones.

Another advantage of apple cider vinegar is that it can increase the stomach acid content and alkalize urine and blood.  However, be wary of the amount you ingest. If you mix 6-8 ounces of water and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, it should last you a day. Consuming more can hamper your body’s potassium levels.

If you have diabetes or take insulin, digoxin, or any diuretics, keep away from apple cider vinegar.

You can drink as much pomegranate juice as you want in a day, except for if you are on liver medication or blood pressure drugs. Apart from assisting in the process of kidney stone removal and toxin flush, this juice helps lower the acidity level of your urine, thus reducing the risk of kidney stones in your future.

Basil helps you by crumbling kidney stones into smaller, passable pieces, by the assistance of its acetic acid constituents. It also helps in dropping the uric acid levels, which reduce the chances of more kidney stones.

You can use basil, green or preserved, in a smoothie, tea, or juice, and drink it throughout the day. But, if you have low BP, blood sugar problems, and bleeding issues, don’t consumer basil at all.

You can buy dandelion tea, or use fresh dandelion and grind it with apple, orange peel, and ginger. Drin anywhere between three and four cups a day. But, skip the dandelion if you already use blood thinners, antibiotics, antacids, diuretics, or lithium.

Dandelion root is known to stimulate bile production. It contributes to waste elimination, helps improve digestion, and serves as an excellent source of potassium, zinc, iron, and vitamin A, B, C, D.

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