Developing Kidney Stones – Why Nutrition Is Important

In this article, we review the symptoms, causes, and treatment of kidney stones. People who consume too much protein, salt, or calcium will develop kidney stones.

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KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA ( — The formation of kidney stones occurs in people who have a diet that is too high in protein, salt and calcium. These are elements that your body cannot break down.

When the body cannot break these elements down, the buildup forms into tiny stones known as kidney stones. You may not suffer from symptoms of kidney stones at first, but they will eventually show up.

Urine contains several different dissolved substances. Some of these substances are oxalate and phosphate, which are needed to make urine.

When your urine contains excessive amounts of oxalate and phosphate, you may form kidney stones. Kidney stone symptoms will only start to show up when these elements become impacted in the urinary tract.

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In this article, we examine kidney stone symptoms, causes, and treatment, and we also look at the dietary factors that lead to kidney stone formation.

Painful urination is one of the most common symptoms of kidney stones. The pain tends to come during urination and at night while the person is trying to get some rest. The other symptoms will include severe pain when moving the bowels or feeling a fullness in the lower abdomen.

Kidney stone pain can also be felt when the animal is vomiting.

Another symptom of kidney stones is blood in the urine. If it is yellowish in color, this is also a sign that you may have stone deposits in your urinary tract.

You may need to change your diet and eliminate animal protein and calcium because they are the culprits in the formation of kidney stones in the first place. You can take medication to dissolve the Nephrolithiasis and pass them out of your body through your urine.

If you have kidney stones already, you will need to do more than just change your diet.

There are certain minerals that your kidneys need in order for them to properly process and excrete wastes from your body. One of those certain minerals is calcium. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, the wastes will not be excreted and will eventually turn into calcium oxalate, which causes kidney stones.

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It is important to drink enough water so that your kidneys can process and eliminate wastes in your body effectively.

Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe a medicine to fight off the infection. This may help, but it is a temporary solution. In the long run, you will have to work to get rid of kidney stones and keep them from coming back.

Antibiotics will kill any bacteria in your urinary tract that may help in the prevention of infection, but they will not prevent the formation of Nephrolithiasis in the first place.

If you feel that you have developed kidney stones and your symptoms are pointing to this problem, it is important to consult your doctor immediately.

The longer you wait to deal with this issue, the worse your symptoms will become. You will want to make sure that you are not experiencing any of the following symptoms: extreme nausea, vomiting, blood in your urine, chills or fever, pain in your abdomen, swelling of the legs, and pain or burning while urinating.

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If you experience any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. These symptoms could be telling your doctor that there is a problem in your urinary tract.

There are a few things that you can do to help prevent kidney stones from developing. First of all, make sure that you are getting plenty of Vitamin C in your diet.

Foods such as spinach and other leafy greens contain a lot of oxalates. To help prevent the formation of oxalate, you may want to also take a daily calcium supplement.

As well as these supplements, eating foods such as kidney beans, broccoli, almonds, and peas that are rich in oxalate will also help prevent kidney stones.

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