Recent studies have shown that the rate of cases of kidney stones is growing rapidly, in part because people do not understand how kidney stones can occur.
National Kidney Foundation in collaboration with Dr. Allan Jhagroo, kidney stone specialist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, to help you free of kidney stones, as well as dismantle some myths about kidney stones.
1. Do not underestimate the sweat out
Sauna, hot yoga and exercise may be good for your health, but also can cause kidney stones. Why?
Fluid loss through sweating can cause reduced urine production. The more you sweat, the less you urinate.
That can increase the risk for stone minerals precipitate and accumulate in the kidneys and urinary tract.
Tip: Drink lots of water. One of the best steps you can take to avoid kidney stones is to drink plenty of water.
Thus, the amount of urine you stay awake and more frequent urination. Drink especially when you sweat a lot.
2. Not just a matter of oxalate
Naturally, oxalate is found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, chocolate and tea.
Some examples of foods high in oxalate are beans, spinach, beets, chocolate and sweet potatoes.
Moderate intake of these foods, it may be beneficial for people who have calcium oxalate stones, kidney stones types are most common.
There is a misconception to say that reducing the oxalate-rich foods reduces the risk of calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
In theory, this may be true. But, this is not a smart move from the perspective of overall health.
Most kidney stones are formed when oxalate binds calcium while urine produced by the kidneys.
Suggestion: Consumption of foods containing calcium and oxalate together. Oxalate and calcium are more likely to bind to one another in the stomach and intestines before the kidneys begin to process it. As a result, little chance of calcium oxalate kidney stones are formed.
3. Calcium is not the enemy
However, tend to get a bad reputation. "I still get patients who are wondering why they are experiencing recurrent kidney stones, despite reducing intake of calcium," said Dr. Jhagroo.
"In fact, there are patients who say that the suggestion reduce calcium, they can be from other doctors they visit."
In fact, a diet low in calcium may actually increase a person's risk of kidney stones.
Suggestion: Maintain calcium intake at the recommended limits. Reduce sodium and calcium-rich foods to pair with foods rich in oxalate.
4. One time is not necessarily finished forever
Suffering from kidney stones is often described as one of the most painful experiences but unfortunately, one suffering sometimes seemed quite yet.
Research suggests that kidney stones one could increase the risk of repeating the same events.
Research conducted by Dr. Jhagroo shows, many people who have suffered from kidney stones do not heed the advice of their specialist physician.
Approximately 15 percent of patients with kidney stones do not make up for prescription drugs and 41 percent did not follow the advice given diet doctor. As a result, they suffer from recurring kidney stones.
Advice: Without the proper medication and adjustments in diet, kidney stones can tervmbentuk back. Recurrent kidney stones could also be an indicator of other problems, including kidney disease.
5. Lemon is a friend
Doctor recommended medication is important for consumption but it all means nothing if not followed by changes in lifestyle, especially diet. Often, one small change, can be a big benefit.
Suggestion: The next time you see a fruit or lemon or citrus juice, remember your kidneys. Perhaps, you do not like the taste sour but lemon, citrus and other fruits high citrate has the benefit of preventing kidney stones.
If you like lemon drink, be alert because the sugar content can increase the risk of kidney stones.
Better to choose sugar-free drinks, or make it yourself at home with mwnggunakan sugar substitute if necessary.
"Citrate in the urine can prevent calcium bind with other constituents that cause kidney stones," said Dr. Jhagroo.
6. Not all kidney stones are created equal
In addition to calcium oxalate stones, there are other types of kidney stones such as uric acid stones. Red meat, offal and shellfish have a natural chemical compound called purine in high levels.
"A high intake of purines will increase the production of uric acid and kidney overload of having to excrete the acid in an amount more," said Dr. Jhagroo.
The excretion of uric acid causes the pH higher