What to Do If You’ve Kidney Stones?

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 Here are some practical ways to get rid of kidney stones:

  • Take more fluids, preferably water. It’s recommended that you drink enough fluids throughout the day to help generate at least 2 quarts of urine daily. When large volume of urine is produced, the stone can be pushed downward. Indeed, the diluted urine may help reduce crystal precipitation. To help discharge the stone faster, you’ll have to drink at least 2000 – 3000ml of water in a day. In addition to that, try drink 500ml before going to bed. Get up from the bed to urinate. After urination, drink 300-500 ml water before going back to sleep. When you get up the following morning (before washing up), please drink 500-1000ml water. I’d recommend you to drink 120-240ml every 20-30 minutes throughout the day.
  • Avoid taking any foods that contain calcium (such as dairy products)
  • Avoid taking calcium in pill or tablet form as this will worsen your existing kidney stone problem. Additionally, you should stop using certain types of antacids that have added calcium.
  • Don’t drink milk before going to bed. As milk contains substantial amount of calcium, it’ll give rise to the calcium concentration in your urine, which eventually results in the formation of kidney stone. After 2-3 hours of the milk consumption, the calcium passes through the kidney to be excluded. However, when you’re sleeping, your urine is very concentrated and as a result, the calcium that passes through the kidney becoming very concentrated, which give rise to the formation of kidney stone. (Note: If you want to drink milk, please do so 5 hours before your bedtime.)
  • If your urine is very acidic, you should limit the intake of poultry, fish, animal’s heart, bean, spinach, sea foods, and meats. The reason is that these foods may increase the acidity of your urine. Owing to the metabolic end product is uric acid, and this acid might contribute to calcium oxalate precipitation. That means that the uric acid is precipitated (or solidified) in the kidneys or in the urinary tract to form calcium oxalate crystals.
  • Avoid taking foods that have vitamin D added.
  • Limit the intake of nuts, peanuts, plums, celery, strawberries, grapes, orange, pear, tomato, spinach, chocolate, potato, green pepper, pepper, cocoa, cashew nuts, almonds, tea, eggplant, tofu, concentrated tea, and etc. These foods have been clinically proven to have contained higher oxalic acid.  Spinach, for example, contains 725.6 mg of oxalic acid. If you eat 200g of spinach at a time, your urine will contain 20-25mg oxalate excretion after 8 hours of spinach consumption, in which this value is equivalent to the average volume of oxalate excretion for normal person in 24 hours.
  • Limit the intake of sugar. The study has found that 2 hours after the consumption of 100g sucrose has increased the calcium and oxalate concentration in the urine. The consumption of lactose for example can stimulate calcium absorption, which is more likely to cause the accumulation of calcium oxalate in the body as well as the formation of urinary calculi. This explains that the higher intake of sugar will increase the risk of the formation of kidney stones.
  • Limit the intake of protein as the clinical reports reveal that the large proportion of calcium oxalate originates from the source of protein. In addition to the raw materials that contain oxalic acid found in protein, glycine and hydroxyproline are another two substances which promote the intestinal absorption of calcium. If excessive amount of protein is taken, the oxalate, calcium and uric acid will definitely increase both in urinary tract and in the kidneys. If your kidneys are unable to remove oxalate, calcium and uric acid immediately out of the body, ureteral, urolithiasis (urinary stone) and kidney stones are more likely to form.
  • Limit the intake of table salt as it will increase the calcium concentration in your urine. In certain cases, the higher intake of salt might contribute to the occurrence of urinary calculi.
  • Limit the intake of soy based foodstuff as it’ll give rise to the crystallization, resulting in kidney stones.
  • Increase the intake of black fungus. Since black fungus contains a variety of trace elements and minerals, it can react strongly with renal calculi. Also, the black fungus will stimulate the secretion from grandular urinary tract, which of course, will help to get rid of kidney stone. You’re recommended to eat black fungus (about 50g each time) twice to three times a day for several consecutive days. Under normal circumstances, you’ll feel pain, vomiting and nausea. Just don’t worry about this, the continual consumption of black fungus can cause the stones disappear about 10-20 days.
  • Increase the time for outdoor physical activity. When you jump a lot and more frequent, the stones will gradually move downward before eliminating out of your body.
  • Limit the intake of alcoholic drink and beers to help prevent the occurrence of urinary calculi. The brewing of beers, in fact, contains nucleotide and purine nucleotide acids, which might have contributed to the rise of uric acid, and thus causing the formation of kidney stone.
  • Have your dinner before 8p.m. The peak hour for calcium is usually 4-5 hours after having meal. If you have your dinner too late, and then you go to sleep at the peak of calcium concentration in your body, the kidney stones are more likely to form.
  • You’re recommended to go for a vegetarian diet which is usually characterized by low protein, and low cholesterol.
  • Eat foods that are rich in vitamin A such as carrots, broccoli and muskmelon. This is important to maintain the health of intestinal tract while preventing the recurrence of kidney stone formation. Nevertheless, too much vitamin A can harm your health. 

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