It is said that 1 out of 10 people will develop a kidney stone at one point in his or her life. Known in the medical world as nephrolithiasis, it is a hard and crystalline material out of minerals that are naturally present in the urine. The presence of a kidney stone doesn’t usually cause symptoms until it begins to move from the kidney down to the rest of the urinary tract. If you have already suffered from one, then you have an idea on how really painful it can be!

There are a handful of ways to keep kidney stones from forming. One of the most important and effective of them all is drinking plenty of water, especially the filtered kind. It’s also a good idea for you to steer clear of food products that contain oxalate and are proven to cause kidney stones. They include spinach, beets, strawberries, rhubarb, chocolates, nuts, what bran, tea and dry beans — canned, fresh or cooked.

You may also try this very simple juice recipe that is proven to help dissolve small kidney stones, keeping them from getting bigger and causing unfavorable signs and symptoms like flank pain, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting and increased urge to urinate. The following recipe yields 1 serving of this kidney stone juice:

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1 lemon

1 orange

1 apple

4 slices of watermelon

4 ice cubes

 

PREPARATION

 

Slice up your orange and apple and throw them in the blender. Don’t forget to add your slices of watermelon and the freshly-squeezed juice of a lemon. Dump your ice cubes into the mix and blend until smooth.

 

Have a serving 1 to 2 times a day. It’s a good idea to opt for organic fruits to really enjoy the benefits of this easy-to-make kidney stone juice. What makes this concoction work is the citric acid found in lemon, orange and apple. Citric acid is highly effective in breaking up kidney stones, in particular something that’s brought about by excessive amounts of calcium. On the other hand, watermelon is rich in water and potassium, both of which help dissolve kidney stones.

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