Kidney stones are one of the most painful medical conditions that you can experience. The pain caused by these tiny stones can be excruciating and debilitating. People who are prone to kidney stones can use lemons and lemon juice as a natural kidney stone prevention method.
How does citric acid protect against kidney stones?
Citric acid inhibits stone formation and breaks up small stones that are beginning to form. The more citric acid in your urine, the more protected you are against forming new kidney stones.
Citric acid makes urine less favorable for the formation of stones. It prevents small stones from becoming “problem stones” by coating them and preventing other material from attaching and building onto the stones.
Lemons and limes have the most citric acid. Pharmacological doses of citric acid, prescribed as potassium citrate, are effective in the treatment of stones. However, treatment may be costly and require as many as 12 tablets daily.
Boost Your Kidney Health with Only Half a Cup of This Drink
A half-cup (4 ounces) of pure lemon juice per day or 32 ounces of prepared lemonade
provide about the same amount of citric acid as does pharmacological therapy.
Dilute 2 ounces lemon juice with 6 ounces water and drink twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening – to reach the goal of 4 ounces lemon juice per day.