Kidney Stones

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One of the major conditions causing kidney disease is the ubiquitous kidney stone.  When released from the kidney, these stones can become stuck in any part of the urinary organs and elicit intensely sharp or colicky pain.  These stones form as certain mineral salts coalesce to form clumps.  Most of these stones are composed of calcium oxalate, or, to a lesser extent, calcium phosphate.  They can also crystallize from uric acid in those who suffer with gout.

Foods high in oxalic acid that can cause calcium oxalate stones include citrus fruits, grapes, berries, deep green leafy vegetables, turnips, beets, spinach, asparagus, parsley, cabbage, rhubarb, green peppers, chocolate, beer, and cola-based beverages. Foods containing large amounts of phosphorus can cause the formation of calcium phosphate stones.  A large intake of salt, sugar, refined carbohydrates, and high animal protein diets further increase high quantities of calcium in the urine.  Antacids can also lead to stone formation.  Stones are rare in those who are vegans.

In the U.S., the greatest number of episodes of kidney stones occur covering an area from North and South Carolina to northern Florida and extending across to Texas.  An initial attack may happen in those who begin a routine exercise activity, such as jogging, and do not drink enough fluids to replenish that lost by sweating.  After being released by the kidney, stones that are unable to be excreted through the urinary system can either be surgically removed or broken-up by a sound-wave technique termed lithotripsy.

In order to prevent future attacks, there are important nutritional safeguards to abide by.  Foremost, drinking large amounts of water throughout the day will replace fluids that have been perspired or excreted.  Also, eat a low-fat diet containing fruits, vegetables, and starchy servings.  Specific foods to consume include watermelon (a natural diuretic) and cranberry juice which helps to acidify urine.  Refrain from reducing your intake of dietary calcium as this will then cause calcium to be leeched from the bones causing osteoporosis.  Whereas oxalic acid inhibits calcium absorption, the foods listed above that are high in this organic compound contain essential vitamins and minerals that are important for one’s diet.  Thus, these foods should be eaten in moderation. Eating complex carbohydrates, such as rice and beans, will provide essential amino acids, without causing stone formation.

It is possible to prevent stone formation and to break-up existing stones that reside in the kidneys before their expulsion into the ureters.  Supplement with 500 mg of magnesium and 200 mg of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) per day in order to deter stone formation. Consume Chanca Piedra liquid to break apart stones residing in the kidneys, so they can then pass harmlessly though the urinary tract.  If you are having a stone attack, immediately immerse your body in hot water; either a tub or jacuzzi.  The heat will relax the constricting ureters and eliminate the colicky pain, allowing the stone to continue its passage out of the body.

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