There are various kinds of kidney stones. Their composition is often related to a specific cause.
- About 70 percent of kidney stones consist mainly of calcium oxalates and/or phosphate. Oxalate is an end product of our metabolism and is present naturally in the urine. The salt it forms with calcium dissolves slowly and poorly. An abnormally high level of oxalate encourages stone formation.
- Cystine stones can form in people who have cystinuria. This disorder runs in families and affects both men and women.
- Struvite stones are mostly found in women who have a urinary tract infection. These stones can grow very large and can block the kidney, ureter or bladder.
- Uric acid stones are more common in men than in women. Stones consisting mainly of uric acid comprise about five percent of the total and are often connected with gout or chemotherapy.
What are the Symptoms?
The main symptom is severe pain located in the abdomen or side of the back. It may come on suddenly and then disappear. As the stone moves, the pain may move to the groin area. Other symptoms include: chills, fever, blood in the urine, nausea and vomiting.
What are the Causes?
High uric acid from acidic foods or stress can cause kidney problems, as can a B6 and/or magnesium deficiency. Twenty percent of stones are liked with chronic infections. Some causes occur as part of a metabolic disorder. Mercury, other heavy metals, and carbon tetrachloride cause an immediate functional change in the kidneys, as can antihypertensive drugs that reduce circulation.
Caffeine in coffee causes excess excretion of calcium from the bones, and in combination with the dehydrating effect of coffee, can lead to kidney stones.
Diet should consist of 70 percent alkaline-forming foods like vegetables and fruits. Foods to avoid: all dairy, especially pasteurized cheese, chocolate, factory farmed red meat, rhubarb, almonds, beets, spinach, and asparagus. Sugar also increases acid production.
- Proper hydration is essential. Water consumption has to be frequent during the day, at least six glasses. In hot climates or after exercise the amount should be increased. Other recommended beverages unsweetened cranberry juice, alfalfa tea and peppermint ginger tea.
- Avoid drinks high in acid: coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks, and alcohol.
- Avoid unnecessary medication, especially aspirin and antacids.
- Prevent urinary infection with proper amounts of water
- Daily exercise must include walking or treadmill.
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Vitamin C helps prevent infections. Vitamin C should be 100 percent l-ascorbate, fully reduced and from non-GMO sources. Avoid cheap vitamin C that is 50 percent d-ascorbate.