Aloe VERA Pure Juice & Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are crystal deposits that accumulate in your kidneys or bladder. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, approximately 1 million Americans develop the condition each year. While doctors consistently encourage sufferers of kidney stones to follow a low-protein, high-fiber and high-fluid diet, herbalists claim that aloe juice may help reduce stone formation. Check with your physician, however, before embarking on any self-help therapy.

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About Aloe

Native to Africa and cultivated worldwide, aloe, or aloe vera, reaches heights of 2 feet and bears spikes of yellow or orange flowers. The prickly, fleshy leaves of the plant contain two valuable substances — gel and latex, or juice — that constitute the source of aloe’s medicinal powers. While aloe gel ranks as the favored topical treatment for skin conditions, aloe vera juice has historically lent itself as an internal treatment for digestive disorders.

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Kidney Stones

Kidney stones typically start in the center of your kidney as very small concentrations of calcium, uric acid and other substances in your urine. While small stones often pass unnoticed, over several years, as more material accumulates, large solid crystals can form and lodge in your urinary tract. Dislodged stones can cause gripping pain, blood in your urine, chills, fever, sweating, nausea and vomiting.

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Aloe juice contains key constituents such as aloin, aloin-emodin, resins, tannins and polysaccharides, plus 20 minerals, 12 vitamins and 19 amino acids essential for good health. In addition, aloe provides aloemannan, a complex sugar that concentrates in your kidneys. According to Phyllis A. Balch, certified nutritional consultant and author of the book “Prescription for Herbal Healing,” aloemannan stimulates production of healthy kidney cells while slowing the rate of crystal deposits that cause kidney stones. Balch recommends drinking 1/4 cup of aloe juice daily for no longer than two consecutive weeks.

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What are KIDNEY STONES and how to TREAT them?

Kidney stones are made of salts and minerals in the urine that stick together, creating small “pebbles” formed within the kidney or urinary tract. They can be as small as grains of sand or as large as golf balls. Kidney stones are a common cause of blood in the urine and often severe pain in the abdomen, flank, or groin. One in every 20 people develops a kidney stone at some point in their life.

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What causes kidney stones?

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Kidney stones form when a change occurs in the normal balance of water, salts, minerals, and other substances found in urine. Other chemical compounds that can form stones in the urinary tract include uric acid and the amino acid cystine. Dehydration through reduced fluid intake and strenuous exercise without adequate fluid replacement increase the risk of kidney stones. Some people are more likely to get kidney stones because of a medical condition or family history, as the tendency to form kidney stones may also be inherited. If other people in your family have had them, you may have them too.

Who is likely to develop a kidney stone?

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For unknown reasons, the number of people in the United States with kidney stones has been increasing over the past 30 years. The prevalence of stone-forming disease rose from 3.8% in the late 1970s to 5.2% in the late 1980s and early 1990s. White Americans are more prone to develop kidney stones than African Americans, and they occur more frequently in men. The prevalence of kidney stones rises dramatically as men enter their 40s, and it continues to rise into their 70s. For women, the prevalence of kidney stones peaks in their 50s. Once a person gets more than one stone, others are more likely to develop.

What are symptoms of kidney stones?

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Kidney stones often cause no pain while they are in the kidneys, but they can cause sudden, severe pain as they travel from the kidneys to the bladder. Symptoms and signs include excruciating, cramping pain in the lower back and/or side, groin, or abdomen as well as blood in the urine. If infection is present in the urinary tract along with the stones, there may be fever and chills. A doctor should be called immediately.

How are kidney stones diagnosed?

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The diagnosis of kidney stones is suspected by the typical pattern of symptoms when other possible causes of the abdominal or flank pain are excluded. Imaging tests are usually done to confirm the diagnosis. A helical CT scan without contrast material is the most common test to detect stones or obstruction within the urinary tract. In pregnant women or those who should avoid radiation exposure, an ultrasound examination may be done to help establish the diagnosis.

What is the treatment for kidney stones?

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Most kidney stones eventually pass through the urinary tract on their own within 48 hours, with ample fluid intake. Pain medications can be prescribed for symptom relief. There are several factors which influence the ability to pass a stone. These include the size of the person, prior stone passage, prostate enlargement, pregnancy, and the size of the stone. A 4 mm stone has an 80% chance of passage, while a 5 mm stone has a 20% chance. Stones larger than 9-10 mm rarely pass on their own and usually require treatment.

How can kidney stones be prevented?

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The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water. Try to drink enough water to keep your urine clear (about eight to 10 glasses of water a day). Drinking grapefruit juice may increase your risk for developing kidney stones.

What are risk factors you can control?

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If you think that your diet may be a problem, schedule an appointment with a dietitian and review your food choices. Vitamins C and D can increase your risk of kidney stones when you take more than the daily recommendations. Levels of calcium in the diet may also affect your risk of kidney stones. Getting the recommended amounts of calcium combined with a low-sodium, low-protein diet may decrease your risk of kidney stones. Diets high in protein, sodium, and oxalate-rich foods, such as dark green vegetables, also increase your risk for developing kidney stones.

Learn about additional risk factors you can control.

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Weight gain can result in both insulin resistance and increased calcium in the urine, which can result in a greater risk for kidney stones. In one study, weight gain since early adulthood, a high body mass index (BMI), and a large waist size increased a person’s risk for kidney stones. People who are not very active may also have problems with kidney stones.

Recommended FLP Products For Kidney Stone…..

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3 to 6 Ounces daily. 1 to 2 Ounces before each meal. Drink with a lot of water. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of pure water per day. Helps to dissolve the stones.

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3 to 6 tablets daily. 1 to 2 tablets each meal. Helps prevent possible infections in the urinary tracts.

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