Different Types of Kidney Stones and Home Remedies
People have different reasons for going for vacation including taking time from work to just wanting to spend some money and see different places. I once came across a tourist who had a unique reason for travelling. He said it was a way of enjoying the pleasures of life after successfully getting treated for kidney stones. “What do kidney stones feel like?” I asked. “They’re like living in an unending painful nightmare. Those stones simply find pleasure in causing your body pain.” He replied. I knew he enjoyed a life free from these stones and the vacation added to the pleasure. My idea of kidney stones was somehow ignorant since I thought it was a stone you mistakenly swallow in your food and it ends up in the kidneys. Research into the condition shed more light.
A kidney stone is a crystal that forms in the kidneys. It can however be found anywhere in the urinary tract including kidneys, bladder, ureter and urethra. In most cases it goes unnoticed and drains out in urine. However, the stone can grow in size and can be the source of extreme pain.
There are four main types of kidney stones. Each is composed of high concentrations of a specific mineral.
Calcium kidney stones are the most common type. They are formed as a result of calcium combining with oxalate, phosphorus or maleate. Calcium oxalate stones are the most common type as oxalate is found in many vegetables. In addition, vitamin C is usually converted to oxalate in the body.
Uric acid kidney stones are another common form. It forms when uric acid is in high concentrations in the urine. It’s commonly associated to people with gout. Men are considered more likely to develop these stones than women.
Struvite kidney stones usually form where there is urinary tract infection. Women are considered to be at higher risk of developing these stones.
Cystine stones are associated to persons suffering from the genetic disorder called cystinuria.
Kidney stones can be easily treated from home. The treatment methods focus on increasing amount of urine produced and relieving pain. Some of the home treatment methods include the following.
Taking in a lot of water is recommended to increase the amount of urine you produce daily. The greatest risk factor of developing kidney stones is producing less than one liter of urine daily. This means that the urine produced is concentrated with minerals which increases chances of developing the stones. Drinking more water ensures that the urine is sufficiently diluted.
Including kidney tonics such as kidney beans, basil, uva ursi and dandelion root in your diet is another great way of relieving pain caused by kidney stones.
Taking foods rich in potassium such as bananas and watermelon will help neutralize calcium and magnesium kidney stones.
Take foods like nettle leaf as they act as natural diuretics promoting the flow of urine from the body.
In addition to this, your diet should include low amounts of calcium, animal protein, oxalate and vitamin C to prevent growth of any kidney stones present.