For Your Health: Herbs That Help Prevent Kidney Stones

| 3/11/2011 12:23:16 PM

S.CollinsKidney stones can be painful. According to the National Kidney Foundation, almost a half of a million people go to the emergency room for kidney stone-related ailments each year. However, there are steps that you can take to help prevent the development of kidney stones with herbs—which are quite easy!

First, it is important to stay hydrated. Water is your best friend. You should drink about 12 cups of water everyday to reach to optimum hydration level. Also, try to stay away from salty foods. Salt can help with the production of kidney stones.

According to Tony Issacs of, you should eat watermelon to help cleanse your urinary tract. He also said that hydrangea tincture can help dissolve kidney stones.

11 March 2011 Watermleon 
Watermelon may help prevent kidney stones because of its high water content.
Photo by robplusjessie/ Courtesy Flickr

Kidney stones are mostly made of uric acid, so foods such as cherries, strawberries, apple juice and asparagus helps balance the level of uric acid in your system. He also states that parsley acts as a great diuretic and can help stop the development of kidney stones. However, pregnant women should not digest parsley.

Do you have kidney stones? How do you treat them? Let us know!

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