If you have ever had to struggle with kidney stones, we bet that you sure don’t want to go through that experience again. Sharp stones go down the slender tube, or ureter, leading from the kidneys to the bladder, and then from the bladder to the urethra, which are the stations that urine goes through before exiting the body.
Tiny kidney stones may not cause serious problems, but larger stones are usually followed by the most severe pain you could ever experience.
The good news is that a simple smoothie recipe can help you eliminate kidney stones.
Lemon is packed with citric acid, which is believed to be effective at breaking up calcium-based kidney stones.
Watermelon is also useful when it comes to eliminating kidney stones. It is a natural diuretic and also increases the urine production. It has the highest amount of water of any fruit. Water is essential as it stimulates the passing of kidney stones. It is also high in potassium, which helps to dissolve kidney stones.
For optimal results drink as much water as you can, and also a glass or two of healthy, all-natural juice. Juices contain citrates that help in the breakup of kidney stones.
Kidney stone juice
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 apple
- 1 lemon
- 4 watermelon slices
- 4 ice cubes
Remember, you should always use organic ingredients.
Just blend all the ingredients together and enjoy!
Now that you are aware that juicing can help you get rid of kidney stones, it is time to learn more about gallstones.
Being diagnosed with gallstones means that your doctor has possibly recommended a surgery to remove your gallbladder. However, we strongly recommend using some natural home remedies to dissolve gallstones before resorting to surgery.
Certain changes in your diet and all-natural foods can help you dissolve the gallstones that are responsible for that severe abdominal pain that goes all the way to your back and shoulders. Each of these home remedies will not only relieve symptoms like nausea, vomiting and indigestion, but will also relieve your pain and dissolve any gallstones.
Gallstones – Natural remedies
Apple juice and apple cider vinegar
There is a good reason why the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is totally true. In addition to their wide range of health benefits, apples can dissolve gallstones when consumed as juice or as apple cider vinegar.
Apples contain magical acid that softens gallstones and vinegar stops the formation of cholesterol in the liver, which is responsible for the creation of gallstones in the first place. This fruit not only dissolves gallstones but also prevents their recurrence and relieves the pain that occurs during the flare-ups.
- 1 glass of apple juice
- 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of apple juice. Stir well. Drink this remedy once a day.
This natural remedy will relieve the pain caused by gallstones. Once you eliminate the stones, you may want to eat apples regularly. Try this treat – combine fresh uncooked applesauce, shredded raw beets, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and some fresh lemon juice.
Drink pear juice to remove gallstones
Clean your pear-shaped gallbladder using the fruit with the same shape – yes, pears are great! The American Medical Association (AMA) says that 80% of gallstones are formed by thickened, or hardened, cholesterol.
Pectin, which is in pears, binds to cholesterol-filled gallstones, easing their flushing out from the body. The British Journal of Nutrition says that pectin cannot prevent gallstones nor metabolize cholesterol.
However, tradition says that pear juice can dissolve gallstones. Taking its benefits into consideration, you may want to drink some pear juice and combine it with other home remedies for gallstones. If you like the idea, try this nice recipe:
- 1 glass hot water
- 1/2 glass pear juice
- 1 tbsp honey
Combine hot water and pear juice. Stir in some honey. Drink this juice three times a day.
Beetroot, cucumber and carrot juice
Juicing is the most popular traditional treatment for gallstones. The combination of beetroot, cucumber and carrot is the best when it comes to eliminating gallstones.
Beets strengthen and cleanse both your gallbladder and liver, and they also assist in the cleaning of your colon and blood. Cucumber is high in water, and it is a great liver and gallbladder detoxifier. Carrot juice is high in vitamin C and other powerful nutrients, meaning it is also great for this treatment.
- 1 beetroot
- 1 cucumber
- 4 medium-sized carrots
Juice equal amounts of the vegetables, meaning that if you want to slightly change the recipe, increase or decrease the amount of each vegetable accordingly. For example, use 1/3 of a glass of each juice.
- Juice the vegetables separately.
- Combine the juices.
- Drink the juice twice a day.
- Add apples, celery, and ginger to increase its power.
Milk thistle, native to the Mediterranean, is a traditional natural remedy for gallstones. It is also widely used as a liver detoxifier. Milk thistle shrinks gallstones and relieves pain. Add it to your diet and get rid of gallstones as soon as possible. Make yourself a nice cup of tea or add powdered milk thistle seeds to your favorite juice, salad, veggies, burgers, ets. Try this milk thistle tea:
- 1 tsp milk thistle, leaves and seeds (you can also use tea bags)
- 1 muslin bag
- 1 cup hot water
- honey, optional
Place crushed milk thistle leaves and seeds in the muslin bag.
Dump it in hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Add honey.
Dandelion improves liver health, and thus regulates the function of your gallbladder. Dandelion leaves promote bile excretion from the liver, which provides great detoxification and efficient fat metabolism.
They can also stimulate a sluggish gallbladder. To be more precise, dandelion is pretty effective when it comes to eliminating gallstones. Add tender dandelion greens to your salad, or slightly steam-cook them. You can also make some nice dandelion tea with this recipe:
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 tsp dried dandelion leaves
- honey (optional)
Pour hot water over dried dandelion leaves. Cover and steep for 5 minutes, then add some honey. Drink it twice a day.
For diabetics, you may want to consult your doctor before using dandelion.
Peppermint oil stimulates digestion, as it assists the flow of bile and other digestive juices. It is rich in terpene, a natural compound that is believed to dissolve gallstones.
Peppermint tea made from mint leaves is the best choice. If tea is not your favorite option, take peppermint oil enteric-coated capsules, because they release peppermint oil in the intestine, not in the stomach. Peppermint tea is great for gallbladdar attacks. It relieves spasms and acute pain.
- 1 tsp fresh or dried mint leaves
- 1 cup water
- honey, optional
Heat the water until it boils. Add some mint leaves. If you are using fresh mint, you may want to crush the leaves first.
Take it off the heat, cover and steep for 3-5 minutes.
Strain and add honey.
Drink this tea before your meals.
A high fiber diet is crucial in the treatment of gallstones. Your meals should be rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C, and psyllium is a great remedy for gallstones. It is a great source of soluble fiber that binds to cholesterol in bile and prevents the formation of gallstones. Psyllium prevents constipation which is one of the root causes for gallstone formation.
- 1 tsp psyllium powder husk
- 1 glass of water
Mix psyllium and water. Stir well and drink it immediately.
Always drink this remedy in the evening, before you go to bed.
Same as the effect of apple cider vinegar, lemon or other citrus juices can stop the liver from creating cholesterol. Eat lots of citrus fruits, and drink lemon juice regularly. Add some lemon juice to a glass of water and drink it twice a day. You can also use this Ayurvedic lemon-based remedy to dissolve gallstones:
- 30ml olive oil
- 30ml fresh lemon juice
- 5g garlic paste
Combine the ingredients together. Take this remedy in the morning, before you eat or drink anything. The treatment should last for 40 days.
- Change your dietary habits and lifestyle choices
- Certain changes in your diet and lifestyle can help you eliminate gallstones.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day.
If you have problems with excess weight, it is time to lose some pounds. Don’t eat fatty foods. Physical activity is very important. Split 3 super-rich meals into 5-6 smaller meals.
Do whatever it takes to prevent constipation.
Drink coffee every day, but be careful about the amount. A cup or two per day is enough. Coffee improves the bile flow and prevents gallstone creation.
Increase your intake of vitamin C, meaning you should eat more citrus fruits. Drink lemon juice regularly.
Use turmeric, dried ginger, black pepper, asafoetida and other herbs and spices that will stimulate your liver and gallbladder.
Carefully plan your diet and select the best herbal remedies, taking into consideration the needs of your body. This will protect your gallbladder and naturally remove any gallstones.