What Are Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones develop when the minerals found in your urine clump together and are likely caused by diet and certain medications. Considered one of the most painful health conditions, kidney stones can develop and form anywhere in the urinary system (kidneys, urethra, bladder, and ureters).
- Blood in urine
- Vomiting and nausea
- Pain during urination
- Fever and chills
- Pain in the groin area
4 Key Functions Of The Kidneys
- Regulating Water: The kidneys retains water when the body has not restored enough and flushes the body when it has too much.
- Removes Waste Products And Balances The Body’s Minerals: Known for regulating the body’s minerals (sodium, calcium, and potassium) levels,the kidneys also filters and passes them as urine if there is too much in the body.
- Maintains Blood PH: The kidneys helps with maintaining the PH balance in blood by reabsorbing and regenerating bicarbonate from urine.
- Controls Blood Pressure: The kidneys adjusts the volume and flow of blood in the body.
- Lack of Water
- Digestive Problems
- Family History W/ Kidney Disease
- Low Fiber Diet
- Alcohol Consumption
- High Fat Diet
- Stay Hydrated: When the body and kidneys are hydrated, kidney stones are less likely to develop because minerals and salts are less likely to clump together and begin to form. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is the key to avoiding kidney stones.
- Reduce Salt Intake: Consuming too much salt can increase the chances of becoming dehydrated. Processed foods and drinks like deli meats, potato chips, and canned soups should be avoided.
- Including Calcium In Your Diet: Although calcium oxalate is found in kidney stones, the mineral calcium should be included in your diet. Try eating foods like oranges, broccoli, okra, and almonds.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dandelion Root
- Lemon Water
- Olive Water
Types Of Kidney Stones
- Uric Acid
- Limit salt intake
- Reduce sugar consumption
- Eat calcium rich foods
- Limit protein
Chinese Medicine & Kidney Stones
According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is the key to kidney (fountain of youth) and urinary health. The kidneys are responsible for cleansing and filtering the blood, while regulating the body’s blood pressure levels, maintaining healthy electrolyte levels, and producing red blood cells. Healthier changes in the diet can promote positive kidney health.
- 8 to 10 glasses of water per day
- Vitamin A prevents the forming of kidney stones (foods like carrots, yams, peaches, and mangos are high in vitamin A)
- Diuretic foods
- Chinese herbal teas
Relaxing the muscles surrounded by the urinary system, acupuncture increase blood circulation in the kidneys and breaks up crystal kidney stones. Chinese herbs are usually used to focus on decreasing inflammation and healthy liver function.
Chinese Herbs For Kidney Cleansing
- Juniper Berries
Extract from juniper berries have antiseptic properties, which helps remove waste and toxins from the body. Also use as a diuretic, juniper berries can increase fluids in the body to break down necessary foods. The herb is also used to relieve joint pain and muscle problems.
- Dandelion Root
For thousands of years, dandelion root has been used as a detox tonic or cleanser for the liver and body, while restoring energy. Also, the root increases urination that can have a healing effect on the kidneys.
Often used traditionally for cooking, parsley also contains some healing properties. The diuretic herb is often used for cleansing the kidneys and liver. Parsley increases flow of fluid in the kidneys and urinary tract to flush out toxins in the system.
- Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root helps in the passing of kidney stones, while soothing discomfort. Used as a natural body cleanser, marshmallow root is often used with other diuretic herbs for kidney treatments and other urinary problems.
- Uva Ursi
Supports the kidney’s ability to remove toxins and waste from the system. Other benefits of herb include diuretics, reduces bacteria in UTIs, and relieving inflammation.
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