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Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are generally made of calcium compounds that separate from the urine and get built up on the inner surface of the kidney. These stones try to exit from the body through the ureter, which empties the bladder. The problem, however, is that the ureter is a very thin tube and cannot pass the stone through it if the stone is big. And therefore, what follows next is unbearable pain. In fact, the pain of passing a kidney stone is so intolerable that it is said to be as bad as the labour pain. The kidney stones may take a few hours or a few days to pass, and every time they try to go through the tube, the pain shoots up. However, you can follow some remedial measures, which may speed up the process and make it less painful.

Get it out of your system

  • This is an age old remedy. Drink plenty of water. Ideally, you should drink at least three litres of water. This will help the body flush the stone out of the bladder.
  • Herbal teas can help you a great deal. Drink two to three cups of buchu tea a day, as this herb has diuretic properties that flush out kidney stones. The tea is available in the market in sachets and in loose packing as well.
  • Dandelion tea is another herbal tea that can give you relief during an attack. Dandelion tea stimulates blood circulation through kidneys, increases urine, and helps the body get rid of the problem.
  • If there’s a history of kidney stones in the family or you tend to have them frequently, you must have marshmallow tea regularly. The tea will have a soothing effect on the inflamed urinary track, which will help flush out kidney stones particles via urine easily.

Walk around
When you’re suffering from kidney stones, moving around will be a tough task because it will cause a lot of pain. But, walk around a little. It’ll may move the stones a little and they may pass through the tube quickly. Try this, it is worth the pain.

Prevention

  • Drink at least two litres of water everyday. Include plenty of fruit juices, soups, milk shakes, ice tea etc. in your diet.
  • Have 500ml of cranberry juice daily. It will help reduce the amount of calcium in your urine.
  • If you’re not too fond of cranberry juice, have a glass of orange juice or home-made lemonade during every meal. The citric acid in these juices will stop new stones from forming.
  • Limit your salt intake, it will reduce calcium content in your urine. For starters, stop having processed food such as takeaway food items, tinned soups etc. Ideally, you should have less than 6g of salt a day.
  • Eat mineral rich foods, such as green leafy vegetables, wheat-germ and seafood. These food items are rich in magnesium that can prevent all types of kidney stones.
  • Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in potassium. If you increase these items in your diet, you’ll reduce your chances of having kidney stones by 50%. Potassium supplements are also available in the market, but ask a doctor whether you should take them or not.
  • Whenever you feel lazy or dull, take a walk around or splash some water on your face to feel fresh rather than sipping a cup of coffee. This is because coffee contains caffeine, which increases calcium in the urine and puts you at a higher risk of forming kidney stones.
  • If the urine test indicates that your kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate, cut down on food items like spinach, rhubarb, chocolate, strawberries, nuts, raspberries, and tea. These items are rich in calcium oxalate.
  • Calcium combines with oxalate in the intestine, which prevents absorption of pure oxalate. Therefore, eating calcium rich foods, such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, green leafy vegetables, soya products, nuts etc. may help prevent calcium oxalate stones. You may also take calcium supplements after each meal. But don’t take them while you’re having your meal, otherwise you’ll increase your chances of suffering from kidney stones.
  • If you have had uric-acid stones in the past, avoid foods that raise acid levels. Don’t eat more than 100gms or more than one serving of tuna, ham, porridge, or spinach in a day to avoid a recurrence of kidney stone formation.

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