East Bajac Bajac, Olongapo City – A lot of urologist research have pointed out the benefits of Lemonade as an effective kidney stone prevention modality. The citrate content per gram of Lemon squeeze can effectively increase the content of citrate in the urine, alkalinize it, dilute stone forming compounds, or prevent calculus formation.
The problem is lemons and lemonade are uncommon in the Philippine market. Calamansi fruit however is widely available and is even grown in home and community gardens. Local study by Domingo et al shows that citrate content per gram of calamansi is lower than the content found in potassium citrate tablets and is therefore not recommended as a primary treatment for the disease. Nonetheless, the author recommends it as an adjunct and the possibility of calamansi’s protective capability as a good subject for study!
Calamansi is a cheap produce. It is used both as a juice and as a spice. Eveyday use can be a reason why kidney stones is uncommon in primary/community care practice. Let’s promote Calamansi Juice as a great health drink pioneered by Filipinos!
A liter of water, two spoons of sugar or honey (great for sore throat), and 6 – 12 pieces of calamansi (depends on your taste) can be a good recipe. Increasing oral fluid intake to produce urine output of 2 liters per day and avoiding salt can also help in preventing kidney stones.
Other ways to prevent kindey stones are as follows:
- Maintain calcium intake of 1g per day
- Limit Ascorbic acid to less than 1g
- Limit Oxalate in diet
- Dark chocolate
- Brewed Tea