Kidney Stones, A Short Lesson
A kidney stone, or renal calculi is a hard crystalline mineral material usually originate in kidney or formed anywhere along your urinary tract. Stones are very common health problem known to cause severe pain when the stone begins to move down the ureters.
Kidney stones are common in premature infant and mostly like to occur between the ages of 20 to 40. Stones grow large enough to obstruct the renal ducts, stones may also stuck in the ureter causing severe pain.
This severe pain is called renal colic, pain may be anywhere in your abdomen, one side of your back, urinary tract or other related organs.
Types of Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are made up of different materials, the different types of kidney stones include:
This is the most common type of kidney stone, made up of calcium oxalate, maleate or phosphate. High oxalate food like peanuts, spinach, potato chips, chocolate, or beets increases the risk of developing this stone.
Mostly found in women with urinary tract infections. Struvite stones are large, caused by kidney infection and cause urinary obstruction.
Some kidney stones are made up of uric acid, a waste product passed out of body though urine. This type of stone is more common in men than in women.
Cystine stones made of a chemical called cystine. Less common stone usually found in people having family history of cystine stone.
What are the causes of Kidney Stones?
The exact cause of kidney stone varies according to the type of stone. The greatest risk factor of kidney stones is making less than one liter of urine per day. Risk factors of kidney stones include,
- Dehydration, major risk factor of kidney stones. The risk of forming a stone can be minimized by avoiding dehydration.
- According to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Sex also plays a role, with more men than women developing kidney stones.
- Obesity also increases the risk of kidney stone
- Generally Caucasians (white person) are more likely to have kidney stone than African American.
- High-protein, salt, or glucose diet
- Family history of kidney stones
- Hyper parathyroid condition
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Inflammatory bowel diseases that increase calcium absorption
- Taking medications such as diuretics, anti-seizure drugs, and calcium-based antacids
Kidney Stones, How to Remove?
The following are some of the common and simple natural remedies and treatments to soothe the discomfort and speed up the natural healing process.
Lemon Juice, Apple Cider Vinegar and Olive Oil
This is one of the simplest and most effective kidney stone treatments. Combination of lemon juice with olive oil is also good for gallbladder stone.
At the onset of first symptoms, take four tablespoons of lemon juice and add equal amount of olive oil and mix well.
Drink it and followed by a drink of plenty (1-2 glass) of water.
After 30 minutes, take 1 glass (300-350 ml) of purified water, add half lemon juice and add 1 table spoon of organic apple cider vinegar. Mix well and drink.
Repeat with a regular interval, 2-3 times a day or when pain occurs.
Citric acid present in the lemon juice helps to break the calcium based kidney stone, while apple cider vinegar helps to dissolved kidney stone.
Try Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey, take a glass of warm water, and add two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey and mix well. Drink regularly, 2-3 times a day.
Warning: Remember average size of ureter is 3mm to 4mm, all the above remedies of kidney stones may not be suitable for passing large kidney stones. Information and treatment methods provided are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Make sure you consult a doctor before taking these remedies. If you have severe medical condition or pain, don’t delay to see your doctor.