I thought something could be said about kidney stones because so many people suffer from it due mostly to their poor dietary habits. It is interesting how this painful ailment can be prevented, yet a lot of people get it. Why is this so? Studies show that people who eat too much sugar foods and junk foods, drink too much sweet drinks and dairy have an increasing chance of getting kidney stones at least once in his or her life.
Preventing and Treating Kidney Stones
Therefore, kidney stones can be prevented if your eating habits are healthy – you should get adequate levels of fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, and hydration with pure water. The kidney would better be able to protect its lining from chemical and mineral deposits by flushing out the impurities and toxins from the kidney and bladder. Kidney stones start when minerals and other substances form crystals on the kidneys. These crystals combine to form small, hard masses, or stones. Most kidney stones pass into your bladder without causing any permanent damage, but some cause excruciating pain, while other need surgery.
Furthermore, if you do not drink enough water to keep the kidney in an alkaline balance, the uric acid begins to build up and increases your changes of getting a urinary tract infection. There are a lot of factors that can cause kidney stones, some causes are allergies, food sensitivities, obesity, inactivity, magnesium and potassium deficiency, and metabolic disorders. If you feel pain on one side of your lower back or in the belly or down in the groin (for an extended period), have a frequent urge to urinate, urinate blood or sediment in the urine, feel nauseous or vomiting, and fever and chills you should get yourself tested for kidney stones.
However, if you want to find out why you have kidney stones you can consult with your doctor. You could take a test, such as urinalysis, x-rays, CT scan, blood test, intravenous pyelography, and heavy metal test. It will help you know about the type of kidney stone you have and you will be able to choose the right therapy to get rid of it. Some kidney stones compose of 80% calcium salts (calcium stones). Some are the result of chronic urinary tract infection (struvite stones). Struvite stones are horn shape and could seriously damage your kidneys. Some compose of phosphate, uric acid (a byproduct of protein metabolism), cystine and other materials. The material can block the urinary tract and cause urine to back up. This makes kidney stones extremely painful and difficult to pass, especially the larger ones. Some people have to be hospitalized to treat it. For this reason, many think prevention is always better than cure.
Prevention is better than cure. However, it is good to know the risk factors that are associated with kidney stones. If you had kidney stones before it is possible to get it again. You can avoid kidney stones if you drink enough water daily and follow a diet that is low in meat, chicken and fish and salt. Men are more likely to get kidney stones than women. Certain medication can elevate the risk. Talk with your doctor about the medications you take. Certain illness could cause kidney stones, such as chronic urinary tract infections, gout and hyperparathyroidism. If you do not exercise much, or bedridden you increase your risk.
Kidney Stones Treatment
There are a few treatments available for people with kidney stones. Some are: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL), Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy, Ureterscopic Stone Removeal, Parathyroid Surgery, Neuropathic Treatment or medication. However, treatment at home and even prevention of kidney stones is possible. For instance, you must drink a minium of 50% of body weight in ounces of water daily, eat well, and stay active.
The Kidney Cleansing Option
A highly recommended treatment for calcium-oxalate stones is a kidney cleansing which involves you drinking a huge amount of liquid (fresh squeezed juices, smoothies, teas, and purified water) while you watch what you eat. The cleaning time could be between 1 to 5 days depending on the size of the kidney stones. This option is considered to be very effective in making the kidney fully functional. A kidney cleanse is also good for other types infections such as yeast infections. A favourite kidney cleanse involves a lot of watermelon. For three days you overload the kidney on vegetables juice made up of carrots lemons, parsley, celery, and watermelon. Fasting on this juice also allow your body to painlessly pass the stone. You can learn more about a watermelon cleanse in this month’s (April) magazine.
There is a lot of information on the various kidney treatment . (Consult your doctor on the right method that would suit you).
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