Kidney stones are quite a common disorder. The stones are formed from the chemicals usually found in the urine such as uric acid, phosphorus, calcium and oxalic acid. They may vary in size from as small as a grain of sand to as large as tennis ball.
Kidney Stones Symptoms
Unfortunately, kidney stones are asymptomatic. The symptoms are felt only when the kidney stone gets larger and blocks the ureter. It may cause you to have intense pain on the lower back and side, groin or abdomen. You may also pass small amounts of blood in the urine and there could be an accompanying nausea, vomiting and sweating.
Kidney Stones Diet
Different kinds of kidney stones require different kinds of diet, diet is one of the several factors that can help or hinder kidney stone formation.
Water is one of the most important dietary changes recommended for all kinds of kidney stones. Kidney stone sufferers should drink enough water to make at least 2 quarts of water a day.
If you are more prone to calcium oxalate stones, avoid foods rich in oxalates. Beets, rhubarb, spinach, black tea, chocolate, nuts, especially peanuts and berries are some foods rich in oxalate.
If you have a tendency to form uric acid stones, reduce your intake of meat, sweet bread and liver as they form uric acid when they metabolize in the body. Uric acid is the end product of purine metabolism and these foods are rich in purine.
Moderate your intake of caffeine as it tends to increase urinary calcium and increases your risk for forming a calcium containing kidney stone. Caffeine beverages are diuretic and causes you to deplete your potassium levels.
Home Remedies for Kidney Stone
Use the Japanese beverage lisymachia or kinsenso tea, available from Japanese grocery stores, to increase urination and help the kidneys flush out small stones. Take 1 to 2 cups daily for three to four months.
Eat adequate amounts of fiber. Low fiber consumption is associated with a high risk of stone development.
Use any magnesium supplement that does not include calcium. Magnesium reduces the rate at which the digestive tract absorbs calcium and lowers the concentration of calcium in the urine.
To avoid the formation of new stones, do not consume large amounts of alcohol or fat.
Avoid high-protein and "crash" diets. They greatly increase the acidity of the urine, which can promote the development of some types of stones.
Limit vitamin C supplementation to between 2,000 and 4,000 milligrams daily for periods of no more than two weeks at a time, taking care to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Higher dosages, continuous use of vitamin C, or use of vitamin C during periods of dehydration may contribute to stone formation.
To prevent new calcium stones from forming, avoid dairy products, meats, beet greens, black tea, cocoa, cranberries, nuts, parsley, pepper, spinach, Swiss chard, and especially rhubarb.
To prevent new uric acid stones from forming, avoid purine-rich foods, such as anchovies, herring, mackerel, sardines, shellfish, and yeast.
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