Medical experts even warn that the situation is extremely alarming, as more Americans die of kidney disease than due to prostate or breast cancer.
Kidney stones are tiny, hard deposits in the kidneys, made of acid and mineral salts. They are formed when the amounts of crystal-forming substances in the urine, such as oxalate, uric acid, calcium, are higher than the amounts the urine can dilute.
The most common risk factors include dehydration, inadequate intake of fluids, lack of vegetables, or excessive consumption of meat.
The conventional medical treatment in the case of kidney stones involves potassium citrate. Studies have shown that lemons have a beneficial property, as they are rich in natural citrate, so lemon juice may effectively prevent kidney stones. Doctors call this method — the Lemonade Therapy.
The citric acid inhibits the formation of stones and dissolves smaller stones which are about to form a bigger one. In the case of higher amounts of this acid in the urine, the formation of kidney stones is prevented. The citric acid coats small stones and prevents attaching of other materials and forming stones.
Citric acid is found in excessive amounts in limes and lemons. Its pharmaceutical form, known as potassium citrate, is extremely effective in the case of kidney stones, but you should take over 12 tablets a day, and they are really expensive.
The treatment that we are writing about in the article can be easily done at home, and it will enhance the function of your kidneys, and help you remove kidney stones.
All you need to do is to drink half-cup (4 ounces) of pure lemon juice on a daily basis, or 32 ounces of prepared lemonade. In this way, you will consume the needed amounts of citric acid, as if you received the pharmacological therapy.
Mix 2 oz. of lemon juice with 6 oz. of water to prepare this lemonade, and drink it two times during the day, in the morning, and in the evening.