Have you noticed the increase in the number of kidney dialysis centers lately? You’re not alone. Diseases and ailments, including kidney disease, cancers in the kidneys, and even kidney failure are becoming commonplace because of our highly acidic diets and more.
To make matters worse, most of us don’t drink nearly enough high quality filtered or spring water to keep our kidneys working at a high level.
Perhaps the most shocking of all kidney-related statistics I’ve come across involves the now-widespread problem of kidney stones. It’s becoming an epidemic mainly because most people don’t know how to take the necessary steps to prevent the stones from forming.
Kidney health stats to consider:
- Over 1 million people visit a health center for kidney stone ailments per year
- Over 300,000 people end up in the emergency room each year for kidney stones
- Kidney stones are widely considered to cause one of the most painful feelings
- Kidney stones have a very high rate of recurrence
- Surgical Intervention is often pushed for: if stones get too big, you may have a dilemma
- Today, through too much protein and stress, about 10% of women and 20% of men will suffer from kidney stones during their lifetime!
With so many people continuing to consume too much protein along with not enough water and key nutrients, kidney stone problems have also been on the rise. Since 2003, incidents of harmful kidney stone formations have risen from a little over 5% of all Americans to about 15% total.
Symptoms of kidney stones can be quiet, but sometimes reveal themselves in different ways.
Kidney Stone Symptoms — The Calcification Problem
There are plenty of kidney stone causes, ranging from the use of prescription drugs like Topomax, Lasix and others to over-consumption of protein and too many acidic foods such as meat.
Sugar, especially soda, is probably the number one cause of kidney stones according to the popular naturopath Dr. Joseph Mercola. Hereditary issues can also factor in, although there are usually dietary and lifestyle changes that can be made to protect yourself.
Kidney stone symptoms don’t always make themselves known until a major issue is revealed. But here are some to watch out for:
- Sudden need to urinate
- Pain that can be felt from your side to your back and lower abdomen
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Blood in the urine
- “Acidic” smell and cloudy appearance of urine
- Fever or infection
Avoid These Foods to Avoid Kidney Stones
There are many ways to protect yourself from kidney stones, and most of them are diet-related. Avoiding beer, soda and (especially non-organic) soy-based products is an excellent start. Since these drinks are so popular and soy is so prevalent, that can be a tall order, but it’s worth it. Refined sugar is also important to avoid.
Lack of exercise is another cause to be aware of, so make you’re at least getting up from your desk every half hour and going for walks each day when you can’t make it to the gym.
Helping to Soften Kidney Stones
Kidney stones can be hard to break down once they reach a certain size, and may require surgery or advanced techniques using sound waves to break down them down. Prevention is key in this instance.
Luckily, there are several easy ways to break down kidney stones through diet. Apple cider vinegar is one of my favorite ways to do daily maintenance in this area because it has the ability to break down the calcium in the stones, mainly because of the vinegar.
Fresh Lemon juice and warm water can also have a similar effect, as it is acidic yet becomes alkaline in the body, making it a safe and effective way to break down the stones over time.
Perhaps the quickest and most effective natural way to dissolve kidney stones is with the Amazon Rainforest Herb Chanca Piedra.
The secrets of this Rainforest plant, which actually features little round “stone” looking shapes on its leaves, aren’t well known just yet. But its benefits are being found by naturopathic doctors who need something stronger for kidney stone issues.
The name Chanca Piedra means “Stone Breaker” or “Shatter Stone” in Spanish, gained through many years of proven results from its native users and shamans.
I’ve taken Chanca Piedra before in various supplements and teas because of my own need to avoid kidney issues, which were revealed through tests.
It’s not just rainforest natives who are fond of Chanca Piedra. Ayurvedic practitioners often place it at the top of the list for dissolving kidney stones. Chinese medicine also uses Chanca Piedra for healing liver problems.
Other benefits of the “stone breaker” herb include:
- Support in regulating blood sugar
- Helping to regulate blood pressure
- Strong anti-bacterial effects (without harming good bacteria unlike other herbs/plants)
- Strong anti-viral effects
- Sky-high overall anti-oxidant levels.
- Unparalleled Anti-microbial effects for overall health: Researchers at Universidad de la República in Uruguay found the strongest activity in Chanca Piedra compared with 28 other plant and algae species
Of course the most amazing benefits of this unique rainforest herb is its ability to help eliminate, or “shatter” kidney stones. The herb achieves that by helping to destroy harmful obstructions in the gallbladder and kidneys. It also relaxes the muscles, preventing spasms and allowing stones to pass safely through the muscle tissue in the ureter and bladder wall.
Studies have confirmed Chanca Piedra’s strength: In 1990, Dr. Wolfram Wiemann of Germany treated 100 patients for kidney stones. Ninety-four percent of them had their kidney stone pain quickly eliminated; their kidney stones miraculously dissolved and passed in 7-14 days.
Combine the power of Chanca Piedra with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, with plenty of filtered water, and you’ve got a proven trifecta for protecting your kidneys from painful stones.
Where to Buy Chanca Piedra
I take my Chanca Piedra in a supplement called Shield, which helps to protect the liver and support kidney health while breaking up kidney stones.
You can check out the organic Envirozon supplement with Chanca Piedra by clicking on this link.