Vinegar and Kidney Stones


The closest any man will ever get to experiencing similar pain to child birth would have to be “kidney stones”. Not to say that passing a kidney stone is even close to the pain or spiritual experience that a woman goes through when she is bringing life into the world. However, if anyone has seen the classic “Seinfeld” episode where Kramer has a kidney stone for which he lets out a yell that can be heard around the world when he finally passes it, you can get an idea that yes these little devils can be quite painful. There are many different things that you can do to help to prevent kidney stones and to help you fight the pain and combat them as well. One idea that has been thrown around over the years is the question of whether or not vinegar can help with kidney stones.

To start looking at this topic, lets explore exactly what kidney stones are. Your kidneys are what flush out your system. This is where urine is produced. Kidney stones form in the kidneys out of the substances found in urine and they are a solid piece of material that appears like a tiny stone, hence the name “kidney stones”. Kidney stones may remain in the kidney and not cause any trouble. However, they can and often do break loose and travel through the urinary tract. A small kidney stone may actually not be too bad and may pass out of the body without causing one too much pain. However, a large stone could and often does get caught in an aspect of the urinary tract such as the bladder, ureter, or urethra. These larger stones can even block the flow of urine causing great pain; also the slow travel of these stones through the tract can be quite painful. Now most people think that all kidney stones are the same. However, in fact, there are four different types of kidney stones. Now, the most common type of stone is one that contains calcium and the majority of kidney stones are created this way. However, there are also struvite stones, uric stones, and cystine stones. But for times sake we will look only at calcium kidney stones. Calcium is the normal part of a healthy diet. Any calcium that is not used us by the body (for bones and muscles) ends up in your kidneys. In most cases, your body will simply flush out this calcium with the rest of your urine. However, in the case of kidney stones this calcium remains in the kidneys and builds up and binds together to form a stone.

Kidney Stones: Can Vinegar Help?

The fact that kidney stones are made from calcium is the key to the mystery of whether or not vinegar can help to combat them. You see calcium is alkaline and vinegar is acidic, acetic acid to be exact, and acids like this can actually break down alkalines like calcium. Therefore, theoretically Vinegar could break up kidney stones allowing them to re-enter your urine and to be excreted as simply calcium. Whether or not this happens for sure I am not aware. Hence the “theory” that vinegar can be beneficial in breaking up kidney stones by dissolving or softening them.

There is also the belief out there that vinegar can be used as a type of hydrotherapy when it comes to kidney stones and the pain these produce. Apparently by developing a hot 50:50 vinegar to water solution and placing it over your affected area (area where the kidney stones seems to be stuck or moving slowly through) and this hot vinegar pack is supposed to melt away any severe pain.

Although it seems that there is some use for vinegar in combating kidney stones and the problems that arise from having these one of the best things you can do to prevent the formation of kidney stones is to be aware of what you are consuming. By eating a whole foods diet, high in fibre and by drinking plenty of water one can help your body to flush calcium and other possible minerals that may deposit in your kidneys leading to these painful stones.

So remember next time you use the washroom to thank God you are not passing a kidney stone and if you are a man to also thank him you do not have to experience the pain of child birth. However, if you do have stones in you why not try some vinegar to combat it. It should work but I will leave it to you to find out if it does for sure or not.

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