THIS IS HOW YOU AVOID KIDNEY STONES
Leading a healthy lifestyle is the best recipe to prevent your kidneys from aging prematurely and having the ability to avoid the appearance of these kinds of complications as much as possible.
- Drinking two liters of water a day helps prevent the formation of kidney stones. This will ensure that the work of these organs "does not accumulate" and that they may be able to purify the excess substances from your body, little by little, constantly.
- The Mediterranean Diet will be of great help to you since, if you follow it well, you will reduce the consumption of saturated fats in favor of the good "fats."
- Light physical exercise is carried out for 30 minutes a day, ideally in clean air environments.
SYMPTOMS OF A STONE
The presence of stones in the kidney can only be diagnosed by the doctor, but there are signs that will help you to intuit if what you are experiencing is renal colic.
In this sense, the main symptom of kidney stones is the blood in the urine, which reveals that something is wrong in the urinary system. Other symptoms are as follows:
- The appearance of nausea and vomiting.
- Pain in the back or abdomen
HOW TO FIGHT IT?
Some say that what it feels like to feel the stones going down the urinary tract is comparable to the pain of childbirth. If you have suffered it, you know perfectly well how painful it is, and if it has not happened to you, it will be good for you to know some measures you can take in case you suddenly suffer from this discomfort.
Controlling your diet is a good way to prevent kidney stones.
For example, once kidney stones are formed, food will be a powerful ally so that their size does not increase.
- If your calculations are calcium, reduce the products rich in this mineral (only two daily servings of dairy) and increase the consumption of celery.
- In case they are uric acid, watch the proteins and opt for white meat and fish. To control calcium oxalate, avoid shellfish, spinach, chocolate, bell peppers, and oily fish.
- Fruit juices rich in vitamin C are convenient for you, as long as you do not take them on an empty stomach.
80% of kidney stones or stones are removed without treatment. But if the problem persists, you can use herbs such as "stone breaker" (Lepidium latifolium), or the specialist can prescribe drugs such as a specific type of diuretic.
Pain relievers (always ask your doctor beforehand) and local heat can be helpful.
Surgery in complicated cases
Only when we come across a "stubborn" stone, do we have to resort to surgery to get rid of it. In any case, in recent years, much progress has been made in removal with minimally invasive surgical techniques. Another novelty is the removal of stones with a laser. The treatment consists of breaking the stones (lithotripsy) with electromagnetic waves for their subsequent easy elimination since their size will have been reduced so much that they can pass one by one through the urinary tract without causing further damage.
WHAT ARE THE STONES IN THE KIDNEY?
Kidney stones or stones are solid masses formed by small crystals that are created based on sediments that leave the salts and minerals in the urine.
These hard particles are usually the size of a large grain of sand, but sometimes they reach larger proportions. The larger the stone, the greater the chances that, in addition to causing pain by injuring your body in its path, it will end up blocking the flow of urine.
Whether or not these particles remain blocking the ducts through which urine flows, their appearance can have serious consequences for your health, as they sometimes lead to internal infections that are difficult to treat. Kidney stones can block the flow of urine
- Stones that are smaller than 5mm can come out on their own when urinating with little discomfort.
- The largest ones can be quite painful and even require treatment to eliminate them.
- This is the case of renal colic, which occurs when the stone moves through the ureter, becomes stuck in the bladder or urethra, and obstructs urinary flow, causing intense pain located in the abdomen, groin, or back.