Lemons/Limes

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When it comes to citrus fruits, lemons and limes often come to mind. There’s a good reason for this: among citrus fruits, they possess some of the most concentrated citrates. The medicine doctors use to treat kidney stones is known as potassium citrate; it breaks down stones so that they may dissolve, or at least pass easier. However, while potassium citrate is often prescribed to break down kidney stones, lemon juice is about as effective. Drinking lemon juice daily can help create an environment that is unsuitable for kidney stones while breaking down any stones that might already be forming.

Oranges

While oranges are known mainly for their vitamin C content, they also possess citric acid, which makes them an effective contributor to the breakdown of kidney stones. In fact, there are some sources that argue oranges are just as effective, if not more effective than lemons in this task. Either way, if you want to treat kidney stones, lemonade and orange juice are both good choices. Although you will be better served by eating the fruits themselves, or at least being proactive in selecting fresh fruits and then juicing them yourself.

Tomatoes

tomatoes

You might be surprised to find tomatoes on this list, but they are a fruit. More importantly, they do possess appreciable quantities of citric acid. In fact, recent research has been done to determine the potential of tomatoes compared to that of lemons, which are well known to be effective for numerous ailments. That research is in the early stages, but thus far it is quite promising, which means that tomatoes and tomato extracts may see more use as a treatment for kidney stones, as well as other medical conditions for which lemons are primarily used to resolve.

Keep in mind that with kidney stones, the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is quite true. The natural remedies listed above will contribute to stabilizing your body to avoid the creation of kidney stones, and they may also help your body break down smaller stones and those that are still forming. However, it is unreasonable to expect these methods to clear up larger stones all on their own, so it’s important to stay hydrated, avoid excessive calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D intake (so ditch those supplements) and consume plenty of citrus fruits.

Related: Maintaining Kidney Health

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