Apple cider vinegar, or ACV, is a staple that everyone should have in their pantry. It tastes great and adds a burst of flavor to many foods. It is used for a plethora of other things, from weight loss to cleaning. But did you know that it can be used to treat other, more serious, medical conditions like kidney stones?
Kidney stones can form when the balance between salts, water, minerals and other substances that are found in urine changes or becomes unbalanced. The type of stone that forms will depend on how the balance is changed. Most stones are formed when calcium levels change in your urine. Kidney stones are extremely painful and most of them must be passed through the urine in order to get rid of them (some people compare the pain of stones to that of childbirth!).
There are several things that cause urine imbalance:
- Not enough water: Not drinking enough water means that the minerals and salts in the urine can clump together and form a stone. This is the most common cause of kidney stones.
- Other medical conditions: Things like gout, Crohn’s disease, and inflammatory bowel disease can affect the normal urine balance and cause stones to form.
- Hereditary: Stones tend to be hereditary, so if your mom or dad suffered from kidney stones, chances are you will too.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural way to prevent, manage and dissolve these stones before they become bigger problems. A stone left untreated can lead to a lost kidney or other serious health issues. The high acidity level works to dissolve and flush out the minerals and toxins that have formed into a stone. In the case of larger stones, the ACV will work to lessen some of these hard minerals, making it easier to pass. With smaller stones, they can work to dissolve them completely.
How much ACV you need to include in your diet will depend on the severity of your pain, the size of the stone and how long you’ve been suffering. The real key is consistency. Taking it every day as opposed to just whenever you think of it will produce much better results.
Mix two tablespoons of ACV with 8 ounces of water. Consume it every day, preferably in the morning but it’s not mandatory. You can add some honey to the mixture if you need to sweeten things up.
Aside from drinking this concoction every day, you can soak a warm rag with a few tablespoons of ACV and place on the affected area for external pain relief. These two methods combined should net you results within 24-48 hours. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to help flush out those kidneys!
This method does not replace traditional medical treatment. Always consult your doctor or primary health care provider for treatment and advice. He or she may prescribe you pain medication to help take the edge off.
Once your kidney stones have been dissolved or passed, keep taking ACV every day to help prevent them from coming back.