Face it, if you suffer from kidney stones, then maybe it’s time to start changing the way you live and eat.
That’s right. I said it. Change your lifestyle and I promise, you won’t feel the pain of kidney stones again. Of course, if you have gout or take medications, kidney stones will persist, but for the other group of people who occasionally pass stones, I’m here to tell you that you can prevent them naturally.
What are Kidney Stones?
Basically, kidney stones are small crystallizations of accumulated substances found in urine. They can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pearl. The larger they are, the more painful it is to pass.
There are different types of stones you can pass:
- Calcium stones – Calcium stones are the most common and most preventable stone. When the body has extra calcium, it settles in the kidneys where it readily is flushed out when you go to the bathroom. For some people, though, calcium can build up, causing a stone.
- Uric acid stones – These stones form when your body has a buildup of uric acid. People with gout have high levels of uric acid in their bodies, making them more prone to have stones than other people.
- Struvite stone – A struvite stone contains magnesium and usually is formed from an infection in the urinary system.
How would you know if you have a kidney stone?
- Frequent urination
- Fever and chills
- Sharp and extreme pain on your side that doesn’t go away from moving
- Nausea and/or vomiting
If you look at the symptoms, it’s very similar to the flu or even a urine/bladder infection. The main difference between the flu or urinary infection and a kidney stone, is the sharp pain your feel in your side.
If you suspect you have a kidney stone, go to your doctors. You may need more invasive treatment if your stone is too big to pass.
If it’s not, however, you will be sent home to let nature do its course.
To never go through passing a stone again, try these natural prevention tips.
4 Tips For Preventing Kidney Stones Naturally
1. Drink Lots of Water
The number one prevention of kidney stones is proper hydration. John Hopkins Medical advises that if you suffer from kidney stone pain, to drink up to 12 8 oz. water glasses a day.
You can drink fruit juices or ginger ale if you dislike the taste of water. But also limit your coffee and soda intake as caffeine is a diuretic and makes you urinate often. Also, soda has phosphoric acid, which helps with the formation of stones in your kidney.
2. Reduce Your Intake of Meat
If you eat a high protein diet, then you might be prone to kidney stones. For some reason, the large amounts of protein you eat has a negative impact on your kidneys.
It’s best, then, to limit your protein intake and opt for more fresh fruits and vegetables. You might have to play around with how much your body can tolerate, so I suggest to stop eating protein for at least three days, and then slowly introduce high protein foods like eggs, cheese and meat.
3. Eat Foods That are High in Potassium and Magnesium
Try to eat foods high in potassium and magnesium. Both of these minerals can help diminish kidney stones from forming. If you don’t know which foods to eat, take a look at my list of some delicious foods high in potassium and magnesium:
- Nuts and seeds
- Dark chocolate
4. Stay Away from Grapefruit Juice
Although it’s safe to drink citrus fruit juices like orange juice and lemonade, for some reason drinking grapefruit juice daily can increase your risk of kidney stones by 44%.
You Don’t Have to Live in Pain Anymore
Don’t let a another kidney stone ruin your week. So, go ahead and try these natural tips and in no time you will feel better and won’t have to worry about getting another kidney stone.
What do you do to help you keep kidney stones at bay?