A kidney stone is a hard, crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. Kidney stones are a common cause of blood in the urine (hematuria) and often severe pain in the abdomen, flank, or groin. Kidney stones are sometimes called renal calculi.
The condition of having kidney stones is termed nephrolithiasis. Having stones at any location in the urinary tract is referred to as urolithiasis, and the term ureterolithiasis is used to refer to stones located in the ureters.
Causes of Kidney Stones: -
Insufficient intake of fluids
Lack of vitamin A
Defects in the metabolism
Excess intake of sugar products and white flour, meat, tea, coffee, condiments and spices
Excessive intake of vitamin D and acid forming foods
Smelly urine. The patient may even see blood in the urine (hematuria). It is caused when the lining in the ureter or tissue is damaged inside the kidney.
Sharp, cramping pain in the back and on the sides in the area of kidney or in the lower abdomen.
Frequent urination or burning sensation during urination.
Fever and chills
Nausea and vomiting
Acute renal colic. The pain typically begins in the kidney area or under it and radiates through the ribs and hipbone until it reaches the bladder.
Natural Home Remedies Treatment of Kidney Stones
If you have never knowledgeable kidney stones, consider yourself lucky. Those who have suffered from kidney stones report a scorching pain, which begins suddenly when the stone is moved into a spot in the urinary tract that causes the flow of urine to be blocked.
The sufferer will feel an immense sharp cramp pain in the back and side in the kidney area and/or in the lower abdomen.
Natural Treatment for Kidney Stones
Small stones that aren't causing symptoms, obstruction, or an infection usually don't need to be treated. Drinking plenty of fluids increases urine production and helps wash out some stones; once a stone is passed, no other immediate treatment is needed. The pain of renal colic may be relieved with narcotic analgesics.
Eat a whole foods diet that contains leafy green vegetables, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and fish and poultry in small portions. Include foods that have a high ratio of magnesium to calcium such as brown rice, bananas, oats, barley, and soy, and that are high in fiber such as oat bran, psyllium seed husk, and flaxseed meal.
Avoid sugar (check ingredients for hidden sources of sugar), alcohol, antacids, excessive protein, dairy products (especially milk), salt, carbonated beverages, caffeine, and refined white flour products such as pasta, white bread, and baked goods.
Drinking lots of water (two and a half to three litres per day) and staying physically active are often enough to move a stone out of the body. However, if there is infection, blockage, or a risk of kidney damage, a stone should always be removed.
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