The kidneys and the bladder play important roles in the body. It acts as a filter for blood, removing waste products from the body and making urine. It also helps regulate electrolyte levels that are important for body function.
Urine drains from the kidney through a narrow tube called the ureter into the bladder. When the bladder fills and there is an urge to urinate, the bladder empties to the outside through the urethra, a much wider tube than the ureter.
The main function of the kidneys is to remove excess fluid and waste products from the body through the urine.
The most common symptom of kidney stones is pain — which may be vague and mild at first, in the flanks, or the sides of the body between the ribs and pelvis, including the upper abdomen and lower back, nausea and vomiting.
Other symptoms are: Blood in the urine, Urine that looks cloudy or smells bad, Urine with an abnormal color (pink, red, or brown), Increased need to urinate, Difficulty in urinating, Burning sensations while urinating.
Remedies for Kidney Stone
- Eat adequate amounts of fiber. Low fiber consumption is associated with a high risk of stone development.
- Use any magnesium supplement that does not include calcium. Magnesium reduces the rate at which the digestive tract absorbs calcium and lowers the concentration of calcium in the urine.
- Keep away from condiments such as pickle, alcohol drinks, sauce, cucumber, radish, tomato, asparagus, onion, cabbage, meat and gravies as well as carbonated water.
- Limit vitamin C supplementation to between 2,000 and 4,000 milligrams daily for periods of no more than two weeks at a time, taking care to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Higher dosages, continuous use of vitamin C, or use of vitamin C during periods of dehydration may contribute to stone formation.
- Drink two to three glass of lemon juice daily. This will help increase the volume of urination, which is really good for those having kidney stones.
- Consuming too much of calcium rich foods such as spinach, beet, cauliflower, carrots, almonds, sweet breads, coconut, turnip, Bengal gram, peas, whole-wheat flour and organ meats like liver and kidney can lead to kidney stones.
- Eating watermelon or drinking its juice everyday will help in flushing out stones from the kidney.
- Mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey in one cup of warm water. Drink this a few times a day.
- Step five to six basil leaves in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey and drink this tea after it cools.
- Remove the beans from inside the pods, then put the beans in hot water. Simmer the water on low flame for hours until the beans become soft and tender. Strain the liquid and allow it to cool. Strain the liquid again. Drink it several times throughout the day to relieve kidney stone pain. This liquid should not be kept for more than 24 hours, as it will lose its therapeutic properties.