According to statistical data, every 1 out 10 people are suffering from kidney stones in their lifetime, and according to latest studies, the incidence of kidney stones is rising with each passing year. About 500 000 people visit emergency rooms complaining about the pain caused by kidney stones.

Kidney stones

The urine contains dissolved waste materials, but when there’s excess waste in it, crystals begin to form, joining other elements to form solid structures which grow if they’re not expelled over time. Usually, a proper amount of urine flushes the chemicals out of the body and prevents the formation of kidney stones, but in cases more waste material than liquid, this process is impaired. The elements responsible for kidney stones are oxalate, urate, cysteine, xanthine, phosphate and calcium. Once formed, a kidney stone can stay in the kidneys or go down the urinary tract into the urethra. Sometimes, the stones can go through the urine without causing pain, but they can also stay in the organ and cause a painful obstruction.

Kidney stones are usually caused by insufficient water intake, excess or insufficient physical activity, weight loss surgery, obesity and eating foods rich in sugar or salt. Sometimes, the main cause are genes or infections. Consuming too much fructose, which can be found in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup can also increase the risk of kidney stones. In order to prevent the condition, you should drink plenty of water and other fluids.

Here are some other tips on kidney stone prevention:

  • Avoid consuming foods rich in oxalate. When combined with calcium and iron, oxalate forms crystals which can’t be excreted through urine and will block the kidney tubules. Avoid consuming peanuts, spinach, black tea, cashews, hazelnuts, soybeans, soy milk, instant tea, sweet potatoes, dried beans and chocolate;
  • Avoid foods rich in calcium such as kale, broccoli, dairy products or bok choy;
  • Avoid foods rich in sodium and reduce the consumption of animal protein.

To prevent kidney stones, you should also drink a glass of water before going to bed, and before going back to bed if you have woken up overnight. The citric acid in lemons can break up oxalate crystals, so consume more lemons to prevent kidney stones. Watermelon is a great diuretic which contains a lot of water and can eliminate kidney stones. Foods rich in potassium can also dissolve the stones.

Here’s a great natural juice which will help you prevent kidney stones:


1 apple

1 lemon

1 orange

4 slices of watermelon

4 ice cubes


Just mix the ingredients in a blender and enjoy your smoothie!

Besides in the kidney, stones can also form in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a pear-shaped pouch under the liver which releases bile through tubes and ducts into the small intestine that starts the process of digestion. Some conditions may require removal of the organ, but this won’t affect digestion. However, before deciding on removal, you should try relieving gallstones and the symptoms with some natural remedies that can help. Here are some of the best ones:

  1. Vegetable juice

Mix some carrot, apple and cucumber juice and drink the mixture twice a day to pass the stones.

  1. Lemon juice

Drinking warm lemon water will do wonders for your body. Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning and it will rejuvenate your body and help you eliminate gallstones. Just squeeze 4 lemons and mix the juice with a glass of water and drink the mixture. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  1. Turmeric

Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with some honey and consume the mixture to dissolve the gallstones.

  1. Epsom salts

Add a teaspoon of the salts to a cup of lukewarm water, then drink the mixture in the evening to pass the gallstones easily.

  1. Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits contain pectin, a rare fiber which is great for dissolving gallstones.

  1. Apple juice and apple cider vinegar

Apples contain compounds which can easily dissolve gallstones, and the malic acid in ACV does the same job. ACV will also regulate your cholesterol levels which may sometimes be responsible for gallstones. Just add a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of apple juice and drink the mixture to get some relief. Eating apples regularly is also beneficial against gallstones, as is consuming a mixture of beets, 2 teaspoons of olive oil and a small amount of lemon juice.

  1. Lemon mixture against gallstones

Here’s a great folk remedy against gallstones which has been used for a long time:


5 gr. of garlic paste

30 ml. of lemon juice

30 ml. of olive juice


Mix the ingredients well and take the remedy in the morning on an empty stomach for at least 40 days.

  1. Herbal tea

Drinking a cup of St. John’s Wort tea a couple of times a day is especially great against gallstones.