KONTAN.CO.ID – Jakarta. Kidney stone drugs are widely available in pharmacies. Apart from consuming kidney stone drugs, a number of drinks can also help in the treatment of kidney stones.
Kidney stones occur due to hard mineral deposits that form in the kidneys. These deposits usually resemble gravel to rock. This occurs when certain minerals accumulate in the body.
The causes of these deposits can vary, for example, a diet high in protein, sugar and salt. Other factors such as genetics, obesity, lack of drinking, and consumption of high doses of vitamin Aray supplements can also be the trigger.
Seeing the causes and factors, kidney stones can also be treated by changing diet and medication. Treatment for kidney stones can also be done at home.
There are at least 6 types of drinks to help treat kidney stones.
1. Drink water
Kidney problems are usually related to fluid consumption. Summarizing from Healthline, drinking lots of fluids is an important part of maintaining the kidneys, preventing the formation of kidney stones, and even being able to remove them. Drinking lots of water helps the effectiveness of kidney stone medications.
Yes, fluids not only remove toxins in the body but also remove kidney stones through the urinary tract. If you are diagnosed with kidney stones, aim to drink 12 glasses of water every day. The reason is, dehydration is one of the main risk factors for kidney stones.
You need to pay attention to the color of urine to ensure hydration. A good urine color is a very light pale yellow.
2. Lemon juice
Apart from water, you can also drink lemon juice to help treat kidney stones. Launching from Business Insider, this drink can help prevent kidney stones, especially those formed from the mineral calcium.
When calcium kidney stones form in the urinary tract leading to kidney stones, citrate (a compound in lemon) can coat the deposits so that the calcium and oxalate don’t clump as much.
A study published in the Journal of Urology in 2017 found that drinking two liters of water with about 120 milliliters of lemon juice decreased the rate of kidney stone formation. In addition, citrate can also break down stones into smaller pieces so that they are easily removed.
3. Jus delima (pomegranate)
Pomegranate has antioxidant properties that are good for kidney stone medicine. The antioxidants in pomegranate help prevent and reduce oxidative stress associated with kidney stone formation.
A 2014 study published in the journal Urolithiasis asked patients with recurrent kidney stones to take 1,000 mg of pomegranate extract for 90 days. The researchers then analyzed the participants’ urine and found that taking the extract caused a decrease in the concentration of calcium oxalate in the urine.
They also found a reduction in oxidative stress. This suggests the risk of kidney stones is reduced after the consumption of pomegranate extract.
4. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid compounds that can dissolve kidney stones. Not only that, apple cider vinegar can also relieve pain from kidney stones.
In a laboratory study it was found that apple cider vinegar was effective in helping reduce the formation of kidney stones. Even so, consumption of apple cider vinegar must be done carefully. For example, people with diabetes need to monitor blood sugar levels throughout the day if you consume apple cider vinegar.
5. Celery juice
Celery juice has long been considered a detoxifier in traditional medicine. Many people also believe that this drink can reduce the risk of kidney stones. In fact, celery juice can also help remove kidney stone deposits.
It’s easy to consume by mashing one or more celery sticks with water and drinking them throughout the day. However, people with low blood pressure need to be careful about consuming this juice.
6. Red bean broth
Red bean soup is one delicious and easy alternative for people with kidney stones. Kidney bean broth has long been used to improve urinary tract and kidney health in traditional Indian medicine.
How to consume it is not difficult. You only need to make the broth from the red bean stew and then filter it. The cooking water can be consumed throughout the day.
Those are some drinks to help treat kidney stones. Just select, one or all of the list.
This article has been published on Kompas.com with the title “6 Home-style Drinks That Can Help Treat Kidney Stones“,
Author: Resa Eka Ayu Sartika
Editor: Resa Eka Ayu Sartika