are made of salts and minerals in the urine that stick together to form small pebbles. They can be as small as grains of sand or as large as golf balls. They may stay in your kidneys or travel out of your body through the urinary tract,” explains WebMD.com
And while kidney stones often cause no pain
while they’re in the kidneys, they can cause sudden, severe pain
as they travel from the kidneys to the bladder.
Two-thirds of all cases of kidney stones involve calcium oxalate stones.
“Traditional medicine tries to prevent these by calling for dietary calcium restrictions and sometimes diuretics. But restricting calcium intake isn’t actually helpful in preventing calcium oxalate kidney stones at all. And it could even make the problem worse,” warns Dr Wright.
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to keep your kidneys free from stones for good.
Here’s what you need to do to prevent kidney stones
“The basic kidney stone prevention programme I recommend includes limiting intake of meat, sugar, salt and fruit juice, increasing dietary fibre and supplementing with 10,000IU of vitamin A, 300mg of magnesium citrate, and 100mg of vitamin B6 each day,” says Dr Wright
“Vitamin A (not betacarotene) promotes healthy functioning of the urinary tract, so people who are deficient in it sometimes form kidney stones more easily than others. You'll find vitamin A in most good general multiple vitamin and mineral supplements,” he explains.
If you’re deficient in magnesium, this can cause calcium to accumulate into deposits and this increases your risk of forming kidney stones. Magnesium is essential because it helps the body dissolve calcium. “Decades ago, Harvard researchers found that taking magnesium along with vitamin B6 can reduce calcium oxalate stone formation dramatically,” says Dr Wright.
To prevent kidney stones you should also cut your meat intake!
“I'm not saying you should give up meat entirely, but it will help you to increase fibre sources in your diet, such as root vegetables,” says Dr Wright.
Sugar and salt can also increase the excretion of both calcium and oxalate in the urine and this increases your risk of forming kidney stones “So limit, if not completely eliminate, sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet, and cut back a bit on salt,” advises Dr Wright.
There you have it! Use these tips to help prevent kidney stones.