5 Really Easy Ways You Can Prevent Kidney Stones and Kidney Stone Pain
If it has ever happened to you, or to a close friend or loved one, you will already know about the agony passing a stone can cause. Worse, some kidney stones, because of their size or location, may become stuck in your system, leading to medical intervention, and possibly even surgery.
However, there are other options, including naturally dissolving or breaking up a stone, if you already have one (and you may not know it, if it has remained in one of your kidneys).
There are also easy ways to help prevent kidney stones from ever forming in your body. If you are worried about ever having a stone again (which often happens after you have passed one stone), here are ways to protect yourself, without drugs. Kidney stone prevention can be as simple and painless as making a few changes in your diet and lifestyle:
1.Get Active!If you are having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, part of the reason may be stress (also linked to obesity). One excellent stress-reducer and sleep-improver is getting regular exercise. Half an hour a day is enough for most adults to stay healthy, and it doesn't need to be a knock-you-out high intensity workout, either.
A brisk daily walk or swim or game of tennis achieves the same thing, in terms of staying healthy and preventing kidney stones.
2. Do You Drink Enough Water Daily?Adults need eight glass of water every day. Dark urine, or a metallic taste in your mouth, are both signs that you aren't getting enough water, and dehydration is a major cause of forming kidney stones.
If the drinking water you have access to is hard (metal-laden) water, or run through a water softener, you need to switch to pure distilled water for drinking. Pure (bottled) water has no heavy metals or other impurities that can contribute to forming stones.
3. Eat More FiberFiber is found in fruits, vegetables, cereals and bread. Most fruits and vegetables are good choices (an exception is spinach), and especially lemons and cranberries.
These two fruits might be easiest to get into your diet as juices - you will want to drink the un-sugared versions (use a high quality sugar substitute for sweetness, available at health food stores). Grape, orange and carrot juice is also beneficial to prevent stones (again, un-sugared). Another option is to add any of these fruits to your breakfast or snack smoothies, or use them in dessert recipes.
4. Cut Back (Or Cut Out) These 'Danger' FoodsSugar, carbonated drinks (pop or soda), coffee, salt and red meat. All of these are linked to forming stones and developing kidney disease. Opt for sugar-reduced or sugar-free versions of foods (the exception is natural sugars in fresh fruits and veg).
Both salt and salt substitutes can cause stones to form - use pepper and herbs instead for flavouring, and buy the low-sodium or no-sodium versions of canned tuna, soups, or frozen dinners. Cut out all soda or pop, including the low-sugar varieties, because the carbonation can help cause kidney stones.
5. Get More Rest and SleepRecent research has revealed that people who suffer from too little rest and sleep are more likely to be obese, and obesity is linked with many illnesses, including kidney stone formation and kidney disease. Adults need 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night to remain healthy.
These simple diet and lifestyle changes may sound familiar, perhaps because they are quite similar to what many healthy diet experts advise you do to regain your health and lose weight. And it is true - a healthy kidney diet can also help you feel better, sleep better, and shed extra pounds safely and keep them off permanently.
Eating this way is also safe if you are pregnant, and for your family members, including children (who can also develop kidney problems, although it is fairly rare).
While these simple changes can improve your health and prevent a stone from forming in future (along with other changes within your control), they cannot get rid of a kidney stone if you have one now.
For help with that, you need a natural remedy for dissolving a kidney stone and passing it quickly. If you are currently in pain, it is only when that stone has passed out of your body that you will experience relief.