Kidney stones are the hardened deposits of the minerals that are in excess of the body. These stones often cause excruciating pain that is unimaginable.
People with a family history of kidney stones are more prone to developing kidney stones. Other than this, there are other various factors that add up to the higher chances of kidney stones.
Other risk factors of kidney stones include:
- Frequent dehydration
- A diet containing excess salts and sugar
- High protein diet (especially animal proteins)
People who have once dealt with kidney stones due to any of the above-mentioned causes can develop kidney stones again.
But you do not need to panic, there are simple yet effective ways to prevent recurrence of kidney stones.
Let’s know all the tips that help in preventing the kidney stones from forming again:
This is the simplest tip, to begin with. Yes, you gotta drink at least 8-9 glasses of water every day along with healthy juices. Being hydrated not only keeps you active but also actively flushes out the toxins from your body. Hence, the more hydrated you are, the lesser are the chances of pesky kidney stones recurring. (Also read: How much water should I drink with kidney stones?
You can also readily rely upon healthy drinks such as coconut water, lemonade, unsweetened cranberry, and pomegranate juices. Having these on a regular basis will not just prevent kidney stones but also improve overall health.
Cut back on sodium (salt)
If you are a fan of salty, processed, and junk foods, you are more prone to developing kidney stones. And if you’ve already had one in the past, the risk is even higher. As explained above, a high-sodium diet is one of the major risk factors for kidney stones. (Also Read: Foods to avoid with kidney stones?
Intake of too much salt in the diet can increase the levels of salt in the urine. This, in turn, can hinder the reabsorption of calcium from the urine and therefore increase the urine calcium levels. More calcium in the urine means more chances of it clumping up with excess oxalates and thus, more chances of kidney stones.
Switch to plant-based protein
You must be aware that excess animal-based protein is not a heart-friendly choice. Well, you may be surprised to know that it is not a kidney-friendly option as well. Animal-based protein from red meat, poultry, seafood, etc. raises the acidity of the urine. Elevated uric acid levels can lead to not just uric acid stones, but also calcium stones. In addition to this, excess protein can reduce citrate levels in the body. Since citrate is capable of preventing kidney stones, this puts you at an increased risk of kidney stones.
Therefore, if you are trying to minimize kidney stone risk, minimize the amount of animal-based protein you eat as well. Instead, switch to plant-based protein sources like tofu, chia seeds, quinoa, oats, etc. for your daily protein requirements.
A healthy lifestyle is necessary for a healthy body. By now, you must be aware that being overweight and a lack of regular and proper exercise contributes majorly to the development of stones in the kidney. Therefore, in order to prevent kidney stones, staying active is a must.
Exercise and yoga stimulate the blood flow throughout the body, and hence to the kidneys too. Remember that it is not the intensity of the exercise that matters, but the quantity and quality of exercise. Even a small 30-minute stroll of jog every day works amazingly in reducing the risk of kidney stone development.
Also, yoga asanas such as Pawanmuktasana, Dhanurasana, Garudasana are very effective in minimizing the risks of recurring kidney stones.
Keep a regular calcium and oxalate intake
People who’ve had kidney stones tend to think that calcium and oxalate are the enemies and hence try to cut back on their calcium and oxalate intakes. While in reality, this is not the case. It is not oxalate that causes stones but the excess of oxalate and the lack of calcium. And if you cut back on your oxalate intake completely, it might have adverse impacts on the functioning of your body.
Therefore, eat everything in moderation. Whenever you eat some oxalate-rich food, remember to pair it up with something containing calcium. This would allow the calcium and oxalate to bind in the digestive tract itself and would, therefore, reduce the chances of stones crystallizing in the kidney.
Do not rely on Vitamin C supplements (Choose natural)
Since Vitamin C can work wonders in improving kidney stones, this one might seem a bit odd, doesn’t it? Well, we’re not telling you to ditch Vitamin C, we are telling you to ditch Vitamin C in the form of external supplements. Vitamin C supplementation can increase your risk of kidney stones by as much as two-fold. Therefore, if you were relying on Vitamin C supplements up until now, it’s time to say goodbye to those. Rather, for healthy kidneys and a healthy diet, choose naturally occurring Vitamin C like oranges, lemons, kiwis, and broccoli.
What all-natural remedies can you include in your health routine to prevent kidney stones?
- Juice of basil leaves
- Lemongrass tea
- Green tea
- Dishes made from banana stem
- Barley water
- Wheatgrass juice
You can have any of these things regularly and this will wonderfully enable you to kick away the kidney stones forever.
What to do if kidney stones recur?
Even after following all the steps to prevent kidney stones, in some cases, there is still a possibility of recurrence. If kidney stones recur, the first thing you need to do is consult a specialist doctor without delay. Get proper diagnosis done and then discuss effective and viable treatments for kidney stones. If the stone is quite small and medications are enough, well and good. If not, get the surgical treatment done in time.
Fret not, as nowadays, modern treatments like Shock wave lithotripsy and laser treatment are available for the treatment of kidney stones. Both SWL and laser treatment are minimally invasive yet very effective. With the painless modern treatments, you can get rid of these pesky little stones within no time and can then lead a healthy, happy, and complication-free life. We at Pristyn Care offer both these treatments that are actually minimally invasive in nature.
Now that you know that you can effectively get rid of recurring kidney stones, please do not delay anymore to take the necessary steps. Applying all the afore-mentioned tips and taking expert’s consultation is the sure-shot way to put an end to kidney stone problems.
So, if you require to seek a specialist doctor for kidney stones, you can contact us at Pristyn Care. All you have to do is book your online appointment and we will assure you the best treatment experience.
Ensuring your good health is our priority!