How to Dissolve Kidney Stones with Apple Cider Vinegar
One way to get through the entire ordeal with far less anxiety is to have a “toolkit” of sorts.
This toolkit might include recipes, supplements, and lifestyle changes that you know will help:
- Dissolve the kidney stone
- Ease the pain as it passes
- Make the entire process go by as quickly as possible
Without a doubt, one of the most important ingredients to add to this “toolkit” is apple cider vinegar (ACV).
I want to show you exactly how ACV can help dissolve your kidney stones. Then I will give you some practical recipes you can try as soon as you know you have a kidney stone.
Why Apple Cider Vinegar?
To understand exactly how apple cider vinegar can help your kidney stones, you first need to understand your body’s pH.
Each of us has a balance of alkaline and acid. This is our pH level. The scale is from 0 to 14 and 7 is considered neutral. Things like stress and poor diet can alter that pH level, and then our health can go down.
Many people believe high acid is the root cause for many negative health issues. When you alkalize the body (with alkaline foods), you bring down that harmful acid.
Which brings us back to apple cider vinegar.
It may seem counterintuitive that a vinegar of any sort would alkalize the body instead of acidify it. After all, ACV contains acetic acid. But that is how it actually works. As our body digests that type of acid, it actually has an alkaline effect.
As it alkalizes your body (and urine!) it helps dissolve those kidney stones. Not to mention, the acetic acid in ACV has been shown to help in the process of dissolving kidney stones as well.
What Type Of Apple Cider Vinegar?
When you are going to be consuming all this ACV to help your kidney stones, it is important to choose the right bottle. Some of the cheaper store brands have been so filtered, the effectiveness is nearly stripped away.
Instead, make sure you get a raw, unfiltered version that still has the “mother” in it. Sounds strange, right? ACV’s “mother” is the cloudy, sometimes stringy, sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Still seeing that is a great sign that the ACV has plenty of health benefits in it.
ACV Recipes For Your Kidney Stone
Now I want to share with you a handful of ways you can use ACV when you have a kidney stone. We will start basic, and then begin adding in extra ingredients that will help give the stone-dissolving properties a big boost.
These can be taken two or three times a day until your kidney stone passes.
ACV and Water
Let’s start simple. You can reap the benefits of ACV without adding any extra ingredients to it. But it is still important to water it down. Plus, the extra H2O is helpful in the process of passing the kidney stone anyway.
Adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of ACV in 6 to 8 ounces of water should be perfectly fine.
Keep Reading: Want Fewer Kidney Stones? Drink More Water
ACV and Baking Soda
Baking soda is another fantastic all-natural way to make your urine less acidic. If you are suffering form uric acid stones, then baking soda should absolutely be your go-to treatment.
Keep the ACV/water recipe the same, but then add a ½ teaspoon of baking soda to the mix.
ACV and Honey
Adding honey to the original ACV/water recipe not only offers a more pleasant taste, the combo also creates many health benefits including relief from acid reflux, improved digestion, lowered blood pressure, reduced acne, heightened energy, and sore throat/cough relief.
And it works as an anti-inflammatory.
Just add a drizzle of honey to the water/ACV recipe.
ACV, Olive Oil, and Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is also a well-known as a way to help pass a stone. Some swear the combo of lemon juice and olive oil will help break up smaller stones so they can be easily flushed out. But many people agree that following it up with raw apple cider vinegar is your best bet.
Here is Global Healing Center’s recipe is for a Lemon/ACV drink:
- Combine 2 ounces of olive oil and 2 ounces of lemon juice (both organic); drink them straight
- Then drink 12 ounces of purified water
- After 30 minutes, combine half of the juice of a lemon with another 12 ounces of purified water and one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar
If you want to get the benefits of ACV and lemon juice, but do not want to follow the entire protocol like the one above, I can totally understand that!
Instead, you can make a simple drink out of the two ingredients. Here is a popular YouTube video showing you step by step how to make an AVC and lemon juice beverage that tastes great too.
Incorporating ACV In Your Diet
Once your kidney stone has passed, you may want to think about keeping apple cider vinegar as a part of your diet. As great as ACV is for a treatment, it is also great as a method of prevention.
Of course, the options are endless… but here are a few ways I enjoy getting apple cider vinegar into my diet:
- Use it in a homemade salad dressing
- Use it as a marinade for meat or veggies
- Add ½ tablespoon to a fruit smoothie
- Add a splash to a morning glass of water to start the day
If you are still not sure how to get this powerful vinegar into your diet, the Daily Burn has a wonderful roundup of 8 recipes that use ACV, including a kale salad with butternut squash, a 2-minute healthy ketchup, one-skillet sweet and salty chicken thighs, and healthy flatbread pizza.
Getting Rid Of Your Kidney Stone
On top of trying one (or all!) of our apple cider vinegar recipes to help dissolve your kidney stone, you should also include a Chanca Piedra (AKA “stone breaker) herbal supplement. Make sure you are also drinking plenty of water.
Remember that most kidney stones will pass on their own without the help of a doctor. Remedies like ACV and Chanca Piedra will help speed up that process. But if the pain is too severe, or if you have signs of infection, always call your doctor.
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