Avoid kidney stones with a common blood pressure remedy
March 25, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 24
If you've ever had a kidney stone, you know how painful they are. And you never want to go through that pain again. I've had one kidney stone in my life. I could hardly breathe it was so painful. When I called Robert Rowen, MD and asked what I could do, he told me to drink 8 oz. of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a little stevia, then drink some diluted lemon juice every hour. It worked. It relieved the pain and helped the stone pass quickly.
There are a lot of other natural remedies for kidney stones. Those include apple cider vinegar and cranberry juice (among many others). These can help avoid kidney stones as well. But ultimately, you want to address the cause of the stones. And scientists have debated this for years. Fortunately, a new study gives a very simple way to avoid kidney stones, it addresses the actual cause, and it doesn't require taking anything new.
Many scientists have argued that too much calcium causes the stones. But recent research found that this isn't likely. This new study, in fact, found that calcium can help you avoid stones. So what is it that causes the stones?
According to Dr. Matthew Sorenson, from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, a common cause of high blood pressure is the culprit – refined salt.
Dr. Sorenson and his team evaluated previous studies on more than 78,000 American women. In eight years, they found that one in 40 of these women had their first experience with a kidney stone.
Those women with the highest intake of calcium and fluids were significantly less likely to develop kidney stones. The top 20% of calcium takers were 28% less likely to develop a stone when compared to those taking the lowest amount of calcium. This finding was based on dietary calcium, not on supplemental calcium. The fluid drinkers had a similar result. The biggest fluid drinkers were 20% less likely to develop a stone.
Of all the factors the researchers tested, salt intake had the biggest correlation to kidney stone risk. The women in the top 20% of salt eaters were a whopping 61% more likely to develop a stone than those women with the lowest salt intake.
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So if you're looking for the best way to cut your risk of ever experiencing a painful kidney stone, cut back as much as you can on dietary refined salt. Eat sea salt instead. And eat as many calcium-rich foods as you can, including spinach, kelp, sesame seeds, sardines, collard greens, broccoli, and garbanzo beans. And on Saturday, I'll show you another way to get added protection from kidney stones.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.