Ways to Dissolve Calcium Phosphate Kidney Stones
Calcium kidney stones are either formed from oxalate or phosphate mineral materials. Though both these conditions are medically known to exist, calcium phosphate stone is a less common form. This is usually a result of medical causes like renal tubular acidosis, respiratory disease conditions, digestive tract abnormalities, and hyperparathyroidism; or due to hereditary factors. This form of calculus is normally encountered by the male population.
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An alkaline urine production encourages the formation of calcium phosphate stones. Drugs that can increase acidic urine production are ascorbic acid, potassium phosphates, and sodium phosphates. These may be prescribed to dissolve existing stones formed and prevent any further calculus formation. For urinary acidification, ascorbic acid is given in 4-12 grams per day in four divided doses. Ascorbic acid is also known as vitamin C, a water soluble vitamin found in abundance naturally in plant foods, as well as made synthetically. The sodium salt forms of phosphorus are known as phosphates, and phosphate forms of sodium and potassium are usually given to acidify urine. K-Phos neutral is an oral medication with these phosphate forms which needs to be taken along with meals and just before retiring to bed. However, refrain from lying down before ten minutes after its intake and preferably take it with a tall glass of water.
Calcium phosphate stone formation is associated with urinary tract infections since the bacteria causing infections cause the urine to turn alkaline. Altering urine pH levels and maintaining it in a more acidic state constantly will help those individuals who are more prone to developing this form of kidney stone. Preventing further episodes of urinary tract infections through drugs is also recommended to keep this stone formation under control.
Potassium citrate supplements further aids in preventing calcium phosphate stones. They make the environment in the urinary tract less conducive to the formation of calcium phosphate clusters. Raw foods that have high potassium citrate content are bananas, citrus fruits, apricots, melons, and tomatoes. Salmon, tuna, sardines, and cod are seafood sources that can be baked for consumption to retain the quality and quantity of potassium citrate. Steam cooked green leafy veggies like spinach, turnip greens, romaine lettuce are also good dietary sources of potassium citrate. Incorporate these into the person’s everyday diet. Citrate obtained from natural food sources combine with other urine mineral materials to hold back crystallization of calcium along with the salts of phosphoric acid. Lemonades, sweetened with honey and not sugar, drunk in large quantities will increase urinary citrates to a level that it will hinder stone formation.
To acidify urine in a natural manner, regular intake of cranberry and blueberry, black cherry, grapefruit, cranberry, basically all sour fruits and vegetable extracts will help accomplish this. This will also successfully prevent bacteria that promote urinary tract infections, from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. Also, vitamin C can be obtained from natural sources like red and green pepper, kiwi fruit, oranges, baked potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc. to acidify urine. Since these are water soluble, they cannot be stored by the body, and require to be ingested on a regular basis to experience its benefits.