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If Your Kidneys Hurt…
Every organ in the body has its specific purpose by contributing to the wellness of the body. The kidneys are saddled with the responsibilities of extracting waste from the blood, balancing body fluids, formation of urine and doing other important functions in the body. Like any other organs, they may start to hurt bringing discomfort and pain. Before going into the details of homemade reliefs you can try to ease your kidneys on the way to seeing a doctor, it will be good to briefly discuss the symptoms and the causes of hurting kidneys.
Symptoms of Kidney pain
- Flank pain
- Painful Urination
Causes of Kidney Pain
Kidney pain mainly come from kidney stones and urinary tract infections. There are also other causes of kidney pain which can be diagnosed via the health history of the patient, or through lab tests, like urine test, pregnancy test, or a blood test. These will reveal the type of problem present with the kidney. Kidney pains can occur on either side of the upper abdomen or on both sides.
Homemade remedies for kidney relief
When kidney conditions are left untreated, they can lead to more complications and diseases. The home treatment of kidney infections can be added to the doctor’s prescribed treatment plan, and this can help in supporting the recovery time and also prevent recurring symptoms from occurring. Some of the most efficient homemade remedies for relief are explained below.
This is also known as the universal solvent because it dissolves most chemicals. Staying hydrated is important as it helps in speeding up the process of flushing bacteria and stones away from the urinary tract. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water per day keeps the body hydrated, and you can also notice your urine as a clean white or pale yellow color as being normal. However, dark yellow urine signifies dehydration.
2. Basil juice
This is juice extracted from basil leaves which is also known as scent leaves. It has acetic acid and helps in the breaking down of kidney stones, as well as preventing the reoccurrence of future stones. Using Basil leaves, whether fresh or dried, to make tea is good, and you can drink several cups per day. Note that you may not use this remedy for more than six weeks at a time in order to prevent low blood sugar, low blood pressure, and bleeding which may occur as a result of prolonged use.
3. Celery juice
Juice made from celery helps in clearing toxins that contributes to the formation of kidney stones. It is a good homemade remedy for kidneys, and it also helps in flushing the body system. Blend the stalks of celery in water and drink the juice throughout the day. Note that you shouldn’t take this preparation if you have low blood pressure, a bleeding disorder, or if you have a pending surgery appointment. You may want to contact your doctor before taking it.
4. ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Preparation
Apple cider vinegar is rich in citric acid and this helps in dissolving kidney stones. It also helps in increasing the alkalinity of the blood and urine, and stomach acids so that new formations of stones will be prevented. Its antibacterial properties aids in preventing the spreading of infections. Two tablespoons of vinegar added to six to eight ounces of water will do the work of easing kidney pains and the previous functions mentioned. However, it is advisable not to take the solution as a diabetic patient or as someone under insulin, digoxin, or diuretic as medication.
5. Parsley juice
This homemade remedy for kidneys is rich in vitamins A, B, and C. It is also known to have the ability to produce more urine than ordinary water when it is used as a remedy, and it aids in flushing out even more bacteria and toxins. Dried or fresh parsley leaves boiled in water for like five minutes, and allowed to cool will give the parsley juice solution. It can also be mixed with honey and lemon for more potency and flavor. You may want to consult your doctor before taking it.
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6. Wheat grass juice
It increases urine flow and helps to pass out stones, and also has vital nutrients that help the body in kidney cleansing. It is okay to drink 2-8 ounces of the juice per day. But it is advisable to start with the smallest possible amount by taking side effects into consideration. Powdered wheat grass supplements can be used instead of fresh wheat grass as directed. It can also help to reduce nausea when taken on an empty stomach.
7. Horsetail juice
This preparation can soothe swelling and inflammation. It helps in urine flow and flushing out toxins. It is a good homemade remedy for kidneys as it possesses antibacterial and antioxidant properties that helps in the overall urinary health. Just like basil juice, the horsetail juice shouldn’t be used for more than six weeks in order to prevent a shortage of vitamin B and potassium. It should be avoided by pregnant women, and should not be used by an alcoholic or a diabetic patient, or if one is trying to quit smoking. It is good to see a medical practitioner for advice before it is taken.
8. Garlic cloves
The consumption of garlic is a good way of improving the health of the kidney because of its diuretic properties by forcing the kidneys to pass out more salts and toxins in the urine, and it works well by dealing with pathogens that are resistant to antibiotic medications.
9. Kidney bean broth
Another homemade remedy for kidneys is the broth made from kidney beans. Straining the liquid from cooked kidney beans and drinking a few glasses of it throughout the day helps in improving the kidney health and flushing out the stones from the kidney.
10. Pomegranate juice
This juice lowers the urine’s acidity level, and helps the kidney to function better. There is no limitation to the amount of pomegranate juice you can consume per day. Avoid it if you are taking medications dealing with the liver or blood pressure medications.
It is important to understand that homemade remedies for kidneys are effective, but also remember to contact your doctor for more information on how to be consistent in your urinary tract health.