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Kidney stones occur when hard deposits of mineral and acid salts stick together in concentrated urine. They are most painful when passing through the urinary tract. It is extremely rare but it is possible kidney stones can cause permanent damage. If you are feeling nauseous or experiencing severe pain in your oblique area – you are most likely experiencing kidney stones. Although kidney stones can be painful, they can also be easily prevented.
Kidney Stone Prevention Tips
Making sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids is the most important factor when it comes to preventing kidney stones. Staying hydrated can help dilute substances in the urine that can lead to the formation of kidney stones. Drinking the daily-recommended amount of eight cups of water, if not more, can also help with the prevention of kidney stones. You should also try to mix in some beverages that contain citrate, which aide in combating kidney stone formation.
Consistent Workouts are Key
One of the most underrated kidney prevention methods is keeping up with a consistent workout regimen. Sweating from a workout creates a loss of water, helping decrease urine production. This will help stone-producing minerals to settle down and bond in either the kidneys or urinary tract – helping reduce the possibility of a kidney stone.
Keep the Oxalate and Calcium
Most people are under the impression that eliminating oxalates and calcium from your diet will prevent the formation of kidney stones, when in reality it does the exact opposite. You just have to be smart about consuming oxalate and calcium rich foods as they are naturally found in many food groups. To prevent kidney stones, it is recommended that you eat oxalate and calcium rich foods together so that they do not bind to one another, forming the most common type of kidney stone – the calcium oxalate stone. Eating oxalate and calcium rich foods together will all but eliminate the possibility of calcium oxate stones forming in the kidney all together.
Reduce Salt and Animal Protein
Make sure that you watch how much salt and animal protein you are consuming, as they can cause kidney stones. Salt consumption increases the calcium present in your urine, whereas animal protein increases your uric acid level that is closely associated with kidney stones. You do not have to completely eliminate salt or animal protein; you just need to limit your intake to reduce the chances of developing kidney stones.
Keep Up with Prevention Techniques
Having a previous kidney stone does not mean it can’t happen again. If anything you are even more susceptible to developing a kidney stone again. Keeping up with the above tips and other kidney stone prevention methods can help stay away from developing another kidney stone. Considering a kidney stone is one of the most painful experiences an individual can edure, if you’ve had it once you probably won’t want to experience it again.
Medical Attention for Kidney Stones
There are various treatments that can help eliminate kidney stones, such as shock wave lithotripsy and ureteroscopy. Both procedures are minimally invasive and have high success rates of getting kidney stones passed. Dr. Ron S Israeli is a board certified urologist who can make either of those procedures work for you. Contact us today for more information on our services and to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located Livingston, New Jersey office.