Studies show that women are less likely to develop kidney stones because of the effect of their hormones. However, even with this advantage over their male counterparts, they still need to find home remedies for kidney stones to completely prevent developing this very painful illness.
But how large are kidney stones to cause pain and damage to the kidneys? Stones can start as minute grains of minerals but over time these can develop into stones as large as a golf ball. When kidney stones are as large as a pea, this is the time stones become dislodged in the ureter and cause significant pain and damage. There is indescribable pain not just when you feel the urge to pass urine but also sharp pain that is enough to wake you up.
Aside from undergoing medical and surgical treatments to remove kidney stones, there are some alternative remedies for kidney stones in women that could be very effective. The main reason why more and more women use natural remedies is that natural techniques are known to be safe as well as effective. Natural remedies are also readily available which makes kidney stones treatment more affordable.
One of the most popular if not the most effective way to reduce kidney stones in women is drinking water. Water does not only dilute urine but will also help move stones out of the body. However, the trick is to drink as much as 8 to 10 glasses of water each day to move tiny stones. When small stones are removed you will be able to help prevent the growth of larger stones.
Another natural remedy to reduce the growth of kidney stones is the use of lemon juice and olive oil. These remedies will help break down large stones into smaller pieces to be passed via the urine. You need to use ¼ cup of olive oil (preferably extra virgin olive oil) along with ¼ cup of lemon juice; this mixture should be taken every three hours until the kidney stone disintegrates and bits are passed into the urine. A glass or more water should be taken in between this mixture to help facilitate movement of the bits of stone.
Taking calcium supplements is also recommended for women diagnosed with kidney stones; actually this is kind or ironic since taking more calcium will add more minerals on the developing kidney stone but experts believe that taking calcium supplements will help benefit women diagnosed with stones.
Carbonated beverages like colas contain phosphoric acid; this acid is so strong it can help disintegrate stones into minute particles. You need to drink more glasses of water in between to help dilute urine and move stones quickly. You may also eat watermelon which is known to be one of the best natural remedies for kidney stones since it contains more water than any food. You can eat watermelon as much as you can in a day or drink watermelon juice or shakes for best results.