Dissolving Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones
A urine test will help determine exactly which type of kidney stone the sufferer is producing.Kidney stones are of different kinds and each variety gets formed from minerals found suspended in human urine. Calcium oxalate kidney stones are the most common form that individuals develop and can be treated and prevented effectively. In fact, all types of kidney stones can be treated successfully once the general makeup of the stone is identified.
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Calcium oxalate stones are produced when the urinary oxalate levels are high. Oxalates are formed after protein digestion and in normal conditions they bind with calcium and gets excreted in the stools. When calcium levels are inadequate for oxalates to bind to, in such a situation, oxalates gets reabsorbed into the gastrointestinal tract, enters the circulatory system, and finally the kidneys where it remains. When there is a buildup of oxalates, stones are produced. Any disease conditions that hampers GI absorption of fat, stress, and high protein diets generally promote calcium oxalate kidney stone production.
Tiny, small sized stones do not cause any symptoms and can move out of the body through urine painlessly. Moderate sized stones that are large enough to block normal flow of urine cause severe pain around the back regions, pelvic area, and lower abdomen. Discoloration of the urine, pain while urinating, and frequent urination may also be noticed. When urine begins to accumulate more than what the kidney can hold, it leads to kidney enlargement accompanied with nauseousness and vomiting by the patient. In case an infection develops, fever and chills may also be seen by the individual.
When pain develops around the lower back, sides, pelvic area, or lower abdominal area, the physician will first perform an imaging diagnostic test to determine if there are stones in the kidney. If stones are detected, urine samples are collected and tiny stones got from these samples are examined under a microscope to identify the mineral causing kidney stones. On x-ray, calcium stones can be identified by the white specks found in the urinary tract images. Blood tests are also carried out to find out blood levels of calcium, phosphate, and uric acid to help identify the exact mineral causing the formation of kidney stones.
Once the results confirm that the person is prone to develop calcium oxalate kidney stones, steps can be taken to prevent any future formation of stones as well as existing stones can be eliminated out of the body with the help of natural ingredients.
Citrate keeps this type of kidney stone under check by making the urine more alkaline. This salt of citric acid is rich in citrus fruits and lemons are of great help to discourage the production of calcium oxalate kidney stones. Extract juice from fresh lemons and combine ½ a cup of concentrated juice in 2 liters of water and consume at regular intervals every day to increase urinary citrate levels. Regular consumption of lemon juice in large amounts also can assist in reducing the size of existing stones for easy elimination.
It is recommended that the individual increase his or her daily intake of calcium to prevent the formation of this kind of kidney stones. The idea is to provide more calcium for the oxalates to bind to so that stones do not get formed.
It would also be beneficial for the person to follow a low-oxalate diet. Sufferers should avoid eating chocolates, nuts, soy products, berries, spinach, parsley, beets and beet greens, beer, hot cocoa, tea, wheat bran, etc., for these are high in oxalates.
A low-salt diet is known to prevent formation of calcium oxalate kidney stone. Thus, the person is advised to reduce sodium intake.