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According to experts kidney stones are one of the most painful medical conditions that human can experience. People who have suffered from this condition explain that the pain caused by these tiny stones can be really excruciating and debilitating.
Lemons and lemon juice are natural solutions or better said preventive method for people who are prone to kidney stones.
On the other hand, potassium citrate is the most common medical medical treatment for kidney stones. It is interesting that according to the newest research, experts have found that lemons have a unique property – they are abundant in natural citrate.
Namely, it was discovered that lemon juice can be very efficient preventative therapy for people who are prone to frequent kidney stones. This method is known as ‘Lemonade Therapy.’
How does citric acid protect against kidney stones?
The citric acid inhibits the stone formation and in same time breaks up small stones that are beginning to form. In other words, the more citric acid is present in your urine, the more protected you are against forming of new kidney stones.
Experts explain that citric acid makes urine less favorable for the formation of stones. This acid prevents the small stones from becoming “problem stones” by coating them and preventing the other material from attaching and building on the stones.
Lemons and limes are fruits that contain large quantities of citric acid.
The pharmacological doses of citric acid that are prescribed as potassium citrate are extremely efficient in the treatment of stones. Still, it is important to mention that this treatment is expensive and per one day 12 tablets are needed.
Boost Your Kidney Health with Only Half a Cup of This Drink
It is recommended to consume ½ cup (or 4 ounces) of pure lemon juice per one day or 32 ounces if you prepare lemonade. That is the same amount of citric acid as in pharmacological therapy.
You will need to dilute 2 ounces lemon juice with 6 ounces water and drink two times per one day. In order to reach the goal of 4 ounces lemon juice per day you should drink it once in the morning and second time in the evening.