Passing a kidney stone is believed to be one of the most painful experiences possible. In fact, many healthcare professionals have dubbed it “male childbirth” because of the pain involved; it is, of course, painful for women as well. For those who have gone through this trauma, it is an experience that none want to repeat.
The good news is, however, that treating kidney stones (or gallstones) ahead of time and preventing their formation in the first place is entirely possible with nutritional therapy. Below are recipes for smoothies specifically designed to treat or prevent the formation of kidney stones and gallstones.
Smoothie for Kidney Stones
Below is a delicious and healthy smoothie that can be drunk daily if needed and can go a long way to prevent kidney stone formation.
- 1 peeled orange
- 1 apple
- 1 lemon
- 4 watermelon slices
- 4 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in blender and process, then enjoy!
Why this Works
This smoothie works largely because of the lemon, whose highly acidic juice is able to dissolve calcium-based kidney stones and because of the watermelon, which is high in potassium to help dissolve the stones and a natural diuretic to remove stone fragments from the urinary tract naturally.
Smoothie for Gallstone Formation
Gallstone, which can block the common bile duct and lead to digestive issues and abdominal pain, can also be treated with smoothies, such as the recipe given below.
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Add the apple cider vinegar to the apple juice, stir well, and drink once a day.
Why this Works
This drink is so effective against gallstones because the acid found in apples helps to soften and break up the stones, while the apple cider vinegar decreases the production of cholesterol in the liver, which is the underlying cause of the stones to begin with.
Alternative Smoothie for Gallstone Formation
Here is an alternative recipe for a smoothie to prevent gallstone formation, this one based on pears rather than apples.
- 1 glass hot water
- ½ glass pear juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
Combine all three ingredients and enjoy three times a day.
Why This Works
This is also an effective remedy since nearly all gallstones are known to be made up of hardened cholesterol deposits: pears, however, are rich in pectin which binds with the cholesterol-rich stones and makes it easier the body to eliminate them painlessly.
These smoothies are simple and inexpensive to make and do not require very much by way of preparation. However, when it comes to the prevention of kidney and gallstone formation, these smoothies pack quite a punch and offer a natural, noninvasive alternative to surgery or the painful passing of these stones.
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