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Published on 01/4/2013

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Kidney Stones, medically termed renal calculi, are accumulations of mineral salts that can lodge anywhere along the course of the urinary tract, and they can be one of the most painful of all health ailments. Human urine is often saturated to the limit with uric acid, phosphates, and calcium oxalate. Normally, due to the secretion of various protective compounds and natural mechanisms that control the pH of urine, these substances remain suspended in solution.

   However, if the protective compounds are overwhelmed or immunity becomes depressed, the substances may crystallize and the crystals may begin to clump together, eventually forming stones that can be jagged or smooth. Symptoms of kidney stones include pain radiating from the upper back to the lower abdomen and groin, profuse sweating, frequent urination, pus and blood in the urine, odorous or cloudy urine, absence of urine formation, nausea and vomiting, and sometimes chills and fever. In milder cases, the symptoms may mimic a bad case of stomach flu or other gastrointestinal ailment.

   An estimated 10 percent of Americans develop kidney stones at some point in their lives. They are most common in white men between the ages of thirty and fifty, although if you are prone to kidney stones, they can occur as early as your twenties. Kidney stones are rare in children and in African-Americans.

 

 

 

They are more prevalent in the southeastern United States [known to doctors as” the Stone Belt”] than in other parts of the country. The reason for this is not known, but it is theorized that the hot climate, which promotes dehydration, and / or regional dietary habits may be to blame. Men are more likely than women to suffer from this ailment, and adult males have a 50 percent rate of recurrence within eight years of the first episode.

   Stones can range in size from microscopic specks to the size of a fingertip. There are four of kidney stones: calcium stones {compound of calcium oxalate}; uric acid stones; struvite stones {compound of magnesium ammonium phosphate}; and cystine stones.

   About 80 percent of all stones are calcium oxalate stones. High blood calcium levels lead to hypercalciuria-stones excessive absorption of calcium from the intestine-which increases the level of calcium in the urine. This excess calcium eventually forms a stone. High blood calcium levels can also result from malfunctioning parathyroid glands [tiny glands in the neck that regulate blood calcium levels], vitamin D intoxication, and myeloma. The consumption of refined carbohydrates, especially sugar, can help precipitate kidney stones as well, because the sugar stimulated the pancreas to release insulin, which in turn causes extra calcium to be excreted in the urine. Mild chronic or recurrent dehydration can also be a factor in kidney stones; it concentrates the urine, increasing the likelihood of stone formation.

   Also to remember the genetic factor, genetics play an important role in the over-all health of the individual. If it runs in the family be cautious, this factor does not always mean your going to have the ailment, every day health is to be maintained.

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Treating Kidney Stones

 

   For Pain relief, drink the juice of half a fresh lemon in 8 ounces of water every half hour until the pain subsides. You can alternate between lemon juice and fresh apple juice.

   To maintain good kidney function, drink plenty of quality water-at least ten 8 ounce glasses daily. By far the single most important measure one can take to prevent kidney stones from forming is to increase water consumption. Water dilutes urine and helps prevent concentrations of the minerals and salts that can form stones. [ chronic dehydration is a major factor in kidney stone disease in 1-20 percent of people. ] Also drink unsweetened cranberry juice to help acidity of the urine [unless you are prone to uric acid stones ]. Drinking the juice of a fresh lemon in a glass of warm water first thing each morning can help prevent stones from forming. Lemon juice contains nearly five times the concentration of citric acid-a natural citrate source-than orange juice. One study showed people who consumed lemonade on a daily basis actually reduced recurrence.

   Increase your consumption of foods rich in vitamin A is beneficial to the urinary tract and helps to discourage  the formation of stones. Good sources of vitamin A include alfalfa, apricots, cantaloupes, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and squash.

   Use only distilled water for drinking and cooking. Add trace mineral drops to your drinking water.

   Minimize your consumption of animal proteins, or eliminate it from your diet altogether. A diet high in animal protein cause the body to excrete calcium, producing excessive amounts of calcium, phosphorous, and uric acid in the kidneys and often resulting in painful kidney stones.

 

 

 

 

 

 Reduce you intake of potassium and phosphates. Do not use any salt or potassium chloride, a salt substitute, and avoid carbonated soft drinks. Learn to enjoy lemonade.

   Do not omit calcium from your diet-it is important in lowering your risk of developing osteoporosis, which is much more common problem than kidney stones, especially for women. Getting extra magnesium can reduce the risk of kidney stones by increasing the solubility of calcium oxalate. Seafood, brown rice, tofu, and soybeans are naturally high in magnesium.

 

 

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