Kidneys stones are neither pleasant nor unpreventable. Unlike what many people may believe, you can actually do different things to prevent the formation of these annoying tiny rock that can block your urinary tracts while causing damage and pain.
There are different things that everyone should keep in mind if they want to remain stone free or prevent the continuous formation of kidney stones. In this article, Joe Cosgrove will share a few pieces of advice that will help you take proper care of your kidneys’ health.
This is not rocket science. These are simple hints that anyone could do without having to sacrifice major things of their lives. Remember that the key to success is to make things simple and doable.
This seems pretty obvious, but in reality, most people fail to do so. Consuming plenty of water is definitely something that every healthcare provider is going to recommend and not every patient is going to do.
It is impressive how the numerous risks associated with developing kidney stones disappear when you consume enough water. This happens because, when you drink plenty of water and keep your body hydrated, you dilute the concentration of minerals and substances inside your kidneys. These minerals and substances are the ones responsible for the formation of renal calculi.
The recommendation is to drink at least eight glasses of water every 24 hours. This means that you should be able to produce two-quarters of urine during this period. A good way to make sure that you are consuming the right amount of water is by checking the color of your urine. It should always be light yellow.
However, the amount of water that you need to consume depends on the type of life you have. Sports people should consume more water since they lose a great amount of fluid and minerals when they sweat. Here it becomes important to watch out especially for the color of your urine.
The lack of magnesium in the body is directly linked to the production of kidney stones. Magnesium is responsible for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. In the case of kidneys, magnesium is responsible for helping the body absorb the excess of calcium that may cause the further formation of kidney stones.
When the excess of calcium is not removed with the help of magnesium, not only kidney stones can appear. Also, the body can suffer from toxic conditions. Besides, magnesium makes it possible for oxalate (another mineral responsible for the formation of kidney stones) and calcium to bind together and cause the most common type of kidney stones among all patients.
To make sure you are consuming an adequate amount of magnesium, keep green leafy vegetables as part of your diet. Spinach and Swiss chard are good examples of vegetables that can provide for a great amount of magnesium in your diet.
If you don’t feel like consuming these vegetables in your salad, you can always try drinking a green juice or smoothie that includes green leafy vegetables. Juices made of vegetables are a great source of magnesium.
Some legumes, nuts, and seed can give you the magnesium intake you precise to stay stone free. Almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are great alternatives to this. Also, avocados are a good source of magnesium.
Sadly, most Americans don’t consume enough of these foods. This is why most of the United States population is prone to develop kidney stones.
No place for sugar
When we say sugar, it is not only the white granulated one that you pour into coffee; it is also the one included in sodas. A diet high in sugar makes people more prone to develop kidney stones. This happens because there is a mineral relationship between sugar, calcium, and magnesium. Where sugar interferes with the process of absorbing both minerals. This increases considerably the chances of developing kidney stones.
This is quite delicate when you think about the diet of the average American kid. A diet high in processed foods, with little or no vegetables, and with extremely high amounts of sugar in it. Even when it is hard to believe, during the past years, health care providers have had to treat children under five years’ old who have already developed kidney stones.
Physical activity is important
Exercising regularly can help you stay stone free. Those who practice any type of sports regularly are less prone to develop kidney stones since their bodies don’t release as much calcium as a sedentary body does.
When bones release calcium, it goes straight to the blood torrent and ends up being filtered by the kidney. When this calcium sits inside the kidneys and is combined with other unhealthy habits (like the poor consumption of water and magnesium), it can definitely cause the formation of kidney stones.
This is why it will always be recommended for you to have an active kind of life. Staying away from a sedentary lifestyle can actually help your kidneys stay healthy. Among other parts of your body.
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