Kidneys essential work to filter out the blood and expel the waste through urine, which collects in your bladder. They also play a role in fluid and electrolyte balance. By clearing and expelling excess fluid, they make sure that these fluids don’t gather in your tissues (1).
So how do you get kidney stones?
Kidney stones are produced when your urine contains too much calcium, oxalate, and uric acid (2). The fluid in your urine can’t keep competing with these nasty impurities and is unable to dilute them. Additionally, your urine may be deficient in substances that prevent crystals from sticking together and forming these painful stones which cause kidney pain.
Stones range in size and can be as small as a sugar crystal, or as large as a tennis ball. The kidney pain is frequently described by sufferers as “the worst pain they’ve ever had”.
Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful, but there are many natural remedies that will help in passing a kidney stone, and which can provide pain relief fast and effectively. If you’re here, you’re probably curious about how to get rid of kidney stones or how to prevent kidney stones.
Warning Signs Of Kidney Stones
According to NHS UK, kidney stones symptoms include (3):
- Terrible pain in your back and the side of your body
- Frequent need to urinate
- Pain when urinating
- Cloudy/smelly urine
- Blood in urine
- Problems sitting still
If you experience one or more of the symptoms of kidney stones, then you look into a kidney stone treatment. This is especially true if you suffer from kidney pain. Visit your doctor to confirm your condition, but be cautious: he’ll probably give you pharmaceuticals or book you for surgery.
21 Home Remedies For Kidney Stones
Passing kidney stones with these simple medical life hacks is much easier than you would think.
1 . Lemon Juice And Olive Oil
This old home remedy is considered one of the most effective natural treatments in providing fast pain relief and helping to eliminate kidney stones.
Lemon contains citric acid attacks the stones, softening them until they dissolve. The citrus fruit juice is also a natural antibacterial, reducing the chances of an infection. Try an organic lemon juice cleanse to clear up your kidney and detox your liver!
Olive oil coats on the narrow tubes that run from the kidney to the bladder, making the passing of stones easier.
How to use them:
- Mix 4 tablespoons of organic olive oil with 1/2 cup of organic lemon juice.
- Drink and follow with a glass of filtered water.
- Repeat daily as needed.
2. Ride a Rollercoaster
More specifically, ride the Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster ride at Disney World. Researchers were told by patients that the ride dislodges kidney stones so they gave it a try.
Using a 3-D kidney model and filling it with urine and kidney stones, they tested out the ride. On each of the 20 test rides, stones lodged in the upper passages of the kidneys were dislodged. Stones in the lower passages, however, we more stubborn (4).
To make the most of your time at the amusement park, sit at the back of the ride. This should guarantee the loss of at least 2-3 stones per ride!
3. Have More Sex
One more reason to spice up your sex life! A study conducted at the University of Ankara, Turkey, found that having sex helps pass kidney stones. In the controlled study, the sex group passed along twice as many stones as the tamsulosin (drug) group. They also passed stones along quicker than the drug and control group (5). Tamsulosin, if you didn’t know, is a drug used to treat kidney stones and prostate problems.
If you want to maximize your time in the bedroom, aim for 3-4 sex sessions a week. This will make kidney stone pain will be a thing of the past.
4. Increase Your Intake Of Magnesium
Magnesium is a fundamental mineral for every organ, especially the kidneys. It works to activate enzymes and helps regulate the levels of important nutrients in our bodies. It’s actually an electrolyte too and plays an important role in hydration.
The University of Maryland Medical Centre suggests eating foods rich in magnesium could help prevent the recurrence of kidney stones (6). Sadly, most people suffer from magnesium deficiency.
Stock up on the following magnesium rich foods to raise your mineral levels: kelp, almonds, cashews, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin seeds, tofu, soybean flour and brazil nuts. You can also try other sources of magnesium, like this homemade lotion!
5. Gravel Root Tea
The Global Healing Centre writes that gravel root is a ‘timeless, must-have’ remedy, and praises its effectiveness in breaking up kidney stones. Many cultures have utilized gravel root over the centuries, notably Native Americans (7,8).
The most valuable parts of the herb are its leaves, roots, and rhizomes (root-like stems). Nowadays, it’s mostly taken in tea or capsule form.
Here’s how to steep it:
- Add one teaspoon of gravel root to 235 ml of water, bring to the boil and simmer for ten minutes.
- Cool slightly before drinking and add a touch of honey to sweeten it.
- Drink the tea three times a day.
6. Aloe Vera Juice
Native to Africa, the aloe vera plant is recognized for its extensive healing properties. Its leaves contain a nutrient-rich gel that protects kidney tissue (9). The most common way to use it is by drinking aloe vera.
Better yet, aloe vera is a very easy plant to care for, requiring little water and plenty of water. Keeping your own aloe vera plant at home will ensure you can reap its benefits 365 days of the year.
How to make the ultimate aloe vera drink:
- Break off a few leaves from the plant. Wash them and pat dry.
- Use a sharp knife to peel away the plant leaf rind then the yellow layer beneath the rind and throw away.
- Scoop up the gel with a spoon, discarding any gel that looks greenish.
- Add the gel to 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice and 2 tablespoons of honey and blend.
- Drink immediately.
7. Uva Ursi
Uva ursi (arctostaphylos uva ursi), also known as bearberry, is a herb that is common across the northern hemisphere. It’s been used for centuries as a home remedy for kidney problems (10). This is because the herb naturally increases your need to urinate and prevents small stones from growing larger.
Here’s how to use it:
- Put 1 tablespoon of uva ursi leaves into a pan filled with two cups of water.
- Simmer for about half an hour or until there’s only half of the water left.
- Strain and cool before drinking.
- Drink half a cup twice a day.