Ways to Dissolve Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are of various types and a urine test will assist in identifying the exact type of stone formed by an individual. Once the general makeup of the stone is determined, treatment plan is made easy. Kidney stones can be successfully eliminated from the body with drug therapy, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, and by following a restrictive dietary pattern. Of all the different kinds of kidney stones like cystine, uric acid, struvite; calcium oxalate calculus is more commonly formed.
High urine oxalate levels encourage the development of calcium oxalate stones. Protein digestion results in release of oxalates which under normal internal body conditions, bind with calcium and is eliminated via stools. Oxalates are also produced by the liver. In a situation where the oxalate levels become high due to increased intake of high oxalate foods, and calcium levels are low, some oxalates find no calcium compounds for binding purposes and are reabsorbed by the gastrointestinal tract only to be released into the circulatory system. From here it finally enters the urinary tract, comes in contact with calcium compounds found suspended in urine, and bind to them to form stones.
A deficiency in magnesium also encourages the development of calcium oxalate stones. Magnesium normally remains in a state of constant rivalry with calcium, reducing their chances of binding with oxalates to form calculus. Use of natural magnesium supplements, like Kidney Stone Flush will help in dissolving existing calcium oxalate stones and preventing further occurrences. Magnesium along with vitamin B6 supplements will have a double impact on dissolving and preventing calcium oxalate stones. A magnesium supplement of 300-350 mg per day and a vitamin B6 supplement at a low dose of 25 mg or a high dose of 500 mg daily can effectively treat calcium oxalate kidney stones.
Citrate solutions can detach calcium oxalate stones from the urinary tract and dissolve them more effectively. So potassium or magnesium citrate supplements will work well towards treating this type of kidney stones.
For larger stones that cannot be easily dissolved with drug therapy and require more immediate solution, then extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy will need to be performed. With the help of sound waves, this procedure successfully breaks the stone into smaller pieces that can easily flow along with urine out of the system. This is a non-invasive procedure.
To prevent re-occurrences, increase intake of calcium rich foods. This is to provide enough calcium compounds for the oxalates, either produced by the liver or present from dietary sources, to bind themselves to and get eliminated out of the body through stools. Avoid intake of calcium supplements though. Studies have revealed that intake of calcium supplements increases calcium oxalate stones. The reason behind this may be that when taken in a supplement form, calcium is absorbed and eliminated in urine increasing the chances of stone formation.
As stated above, an increase in urinary oxalate levels encourages this type of stone formation. Avoid oxalate rich foods like chocolate, peanuts, beets, Swiss chard, wheat germ, green pepper, spinach, organ meats like liver, strawberries, etc. Limit intake of animal protein to reduce oxalate formation after protein digestion.