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Kidney Stones: A Squeeze of Lemon Juice Prevents the Most Painful Condition Known to Man

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 by: Kerri Knox, RN
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(NewsTarget) Kidney Stones truly are one of, if not THE, most painful medical problems on earth. This disabling illness sends tens of thousands to the Emergency Room in excruciating pain each year. But the research is clear: drinking a small amount of Lemon Juice every day is an effective way to prevent these painful stones from ever having to happen in the first place.

One of the worst pains that anyone can ever imagine is a kidney stone. Women who have experienced both natural childbirth and kidney stones say that the pain of having a kidney stone is far worse. And it is far scarier because it comes on so suddenly, without prior warning and seemingly no reason why it is happening. Without knowing what is going on, this frightening experience has nearly anyone who experiences it going to the emergency room within minutes believing that they are dying.

Yet as painful as one is, it is simply a tiny crystal the size of a grain of sand or smaller that has lodged in the urinary outlet that causes so much pain. However, the vast majority of stones actually pass out of the body on their own whether medical treatment is given or not. Once someone has had a kidney stone, the probability of getting another is almost 50%- and some people get several in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the only advice that most doctors have to give is to drink lots of fluids and avoid calcium which is the usual component of kidney stones. But avoiding calcium is not only worthless at preventing kidney stones, but it can be dangerous- increasing the risk of osteoporosis unnecessarily.

However, there is a cheap and easy way to prevent kidney stones from EVER happening in the first place. Juice- particularly citrus juice- has been shown to be an effective way to prevent kidney stones from ever forming. While preventing kidney stones seem to be an enigma to medical science that doesn't understand the connection with diet, there is really a very easy explanation as to why this works. Kidney stones are formed when calcium in the blood is unable to dissolve into solution. The undissolved calcium then forms crystals that end up passing through the kidneys and into the urinary tract- causing pain when one is large enough to get stuck. But juices are usually acidic, and citrus juices have an acid called citric acid that allows the calcium to dissolve in the blood, be absorbed into the digestive tract and therefore be unable to cause kidney stones.

Study after study has shown this treatment works, to the point that it is not debated WHETHER juice works to prevent kidney stones, but WHICH TYPE of juice works best. Lemon juice and orange juice, with their high content of citric acid, seem to be the most effective, while grapefruit juice and cranberry juice have shown mixed results and have caused higher rates of kidney stones in some studies. Even apple juice, which contains malic acid, seems to work well. But make sure that your juice is JUST juice and does not contain high fructose corn syrup, as that has been shown to be a CAUSE of kidney stones and could make your problem worse. So drink your juice and prevent the most painful condition known to man from ever happening to you.

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About the author

Kerri Knox, RN is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner.
With over 14 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in Conventional Medicine and being well versed in Alternative Medicine.
She can help you to to find and repair the UNDERLYING CAUSES of illness using cutting edge in home lab testing that finds nutritional deficiencies, hidden infections and chemical and metal toxicities that contribute to ill health.
She can be reached through her websites at:
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