When the kidney fails to process toxins efficiently, kidney stones may form which causes pain and possible blockage of urine flow.
Passing kidney stones can be quite painful, but the stones usually cause no permanent damage. Depending on your situation, you may need nothing more than to take pain medication and drink lots of water to pass a kidney stone.
In other instances, you can first try some simple natural remedies that may help soothe the discomfort of kidney stones and speed up the body’s natural healing process.
This method is known as ‘Lemonade Therapy.’
How does citric acid protect against kidney stones?
Lemons and limes are fruits that contain large quantities of citric acid.
The pharmacological doses of citric acid that are prescribed as potassium citrate are extremely efficient in the treatment of stones.
The citric acid inhibits the stone formation and in same time breaks up small stones that are beginning to form. In other words, the more citric acid is present in your urine, the more protected you are against forming of new kidney stones.
Experts explain that citric acid makes urine less favorable for the formation of stones. This acid prevents the small stones from becoming “problem stones” by coating them and preventing the other material from attaching and building on the stones.
Boost Your Kidney Health with Only Half a Cup of This Drink
It is recommended to consume ½ cup (or 4 ounces) of pure lemon juice per day or 32 ounces if you prepare lemonade. That is the same amount of citric acid as in pharmacological therapy.
You will need to dilute 2 ounces lemon juice with 6 ounces water and drink two times per one day.
In order to reach the goal of 4 ounces lemon juice per day you should drink it once in the morning and second time in the evening.
Source: The Health Center