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Kidney Stones

Rock-like substances that form in the kidneys of some people. They can cause blockage of the urinary tract, which in turn can cause cystitis.

  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Diet can help prevent kidney stones. Less animal protein better.
  • Grapefruit juice raises your chance to have kidney stones while coffee, tea, and wine lowers your risks.
  • If you have had kidney stones before your chances of having them again increases.
  • Majority of stones can pass by themselves, but others need medical attention.
  • Zinc will help keep crystals from forming.

  • Be sure to get enough calcium and magnesium to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Magnesium can be obtained through certain foods like tofu, soybeans, brown rice, and seafood.
  • Calcium promotes the elimination of oxalates in the stools. It is wise to use calcium supplements in conjunction with meals to help this happen if your family history puts you at risk for kidney stones. If you have already experienced kidney stones, you should not use calcium supplements.
  • Consume steam-distilled water only. You can put trace mineral drops into your drinking water, if desired.
  • If you have high levels of potassium and phosphates, these need to be decreased in your diet. Avoid salt, potassium chloride, and carbonated beverages.
  • Limit the amount of animal protein you consume. Too much protein can cause excess calcium, phosphorus, and uric acid to build up in the kidneys. Kidney stones may develop.
  • Maintain an active lifestyle as being sedentary may contribute to calcium buildup, while exercise can encourage calcium to move toward the bones where it is most needed.
  • Make sure you have plenty of vitamin A in your diet. The following foods are recommended sources of vitamin A: cantaloupe, alfalfa, carrots, apricots, pumpkin, squash, and sweet potatoes.
  • One way to encourage the passing of small kidney stones is by consuming a lot of water, waiting 20 minutes, and then running up and down stairs.
  • Refrain from taking products containing L-cystine if you have experienced cystine stones in the past. The effects of L-cystine can be minimized by taking a dose of calcium three times the amount of L-cystine. Failure to do so may cause kidney stones made of crystallized cystine.
  • See your doctor if the stone does not pass on its own. He can give you further instructions concerning tests or treatments.
  • Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and mix with 8 ounces of water. Drink this mixture every half hour to help alleviate pain. Fresh apple juice can be used alternately.
  • Stay away from refined sugar as it contributes to insulin production and calcium buildup.
  • Stay away from the following foods that have oxalic acid or can bring about oxalic acid: beets, beet greens, asparagus, celery, blueberries, eggs, grapes, fish, rhubarb, sorrel, parsley, Swiss chard, spinach, and cabbage and similar vegetables. Stay away from chocolate, dried figs, alcohol, cocoa, nuts, pepper, and poppy seeds.
  • Try to consume 3 quarts of water daily in order to promote healthy kidneys. Unsweetened cranberry juice increases acid in the urine. To help keep stones from forming, try consuming a glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice in it right when you get up.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Importance: High
Comments: Decreases kidney stone occurrences. Eliminates free radicals.

Importance: High
Comments: Decreases calcium uptake. May reduce urinary oxalate, which can contribute to formation of kidney stones. Magnesium oxide, magnesium hydroxide, or magnesium chloride are recommended forms.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: B vitamins enhance each other.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: High
Comments: B vitamins enhance each other. Works with magnesium to decrease level of oxalate.

Importance: High
Comments: Stops crystallization, a cause of stone formation. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended forms.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Aloe vera juice
Type: Internal
Purposes: Can help reduce the size of a stone while having an acute attack and aids in preventing stone formation.

Ginkgo Biloba and Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: Both these herbs are antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. They also increase circulation to the Kidneys. These herbs are taken in extract form.
Cautions: Do not use goldenseal for more than seven days, and don't take it if you are pregnant. Check with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma. If allergic to ragweed, use Goldenseal with caution.

Lobelia Tincture and Wild Yam Tincture
Type: Internal
Purposes: To make a potion with these herbs that will reduce pain, soothe ureters, and speed up the passing of stones perform the following: In a glass of warm water drop 3 to 4 drops of Lobelia Tincture and 15 drops of Wild Yam. Take small sips of this mixture throughout the day.

Marshmallow Root Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Drinking this tea daily is said to cleanse the kidneys and pass kidney stones.
Dosage: 1 quart daily

Uva Ursi
Type: Internal
Purposes: Promotes excretion of fluids thus reducing excess bloating and pain.

Cleavers, Gravel Root, Horsetail, Juniper Berries, and Pipsissewa (also known as Prince's Pine)
Type: Internal
Purposes: These five herbs contain properties that help to eliminate kidney stones.