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Does barley water help with kidney stones?
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: It may, but the idea
Is to pass more fluids through kidneys to wash particles away.
This may be achieved by just drinking excess of 2-3 liters (quarts) a day. Barley, causes diuresis (like beer) hence the reputation. But citrated fluids e.g. Limeade, crystal lite, fresca, add citrate to urine which prevents particle aggregation making stones. I prefer the latter drinks. If chf, fluid intake needs doctor supervision.

In brief: It may, but the idea
Is to pass more fluids through kidneys to wash particles away.
This may be achieved by just drinking excess of 2-3 liters (quarts) a day. Barley, causes diuresis (like beer) hence the reputation. But citrated fluids e.g. Limeade, crystal lite, fresca, add citrate to urine which prevents particle aggregation making stones. I prefer the latter drinks. If chf, fluid intake needs doctor supervision.
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