Silent Kidney Stones – Good & Bad Food
Solidified masses of mineral elements in urine that originate from the kidneys may continue to remain in the kidneys without interfering with its functions much. These are termed as ‘silent’ kidney stones since they bring about no symptoms.
Most often than not, these stones will eventually move out and travel through the urinary tract to be expelled out in urine. However, if allowed to stay for a longer period of time, they almost certainly will grow in size when the environment within the urinary system works to its advantage. A diet reduced in fat, salt, animal proteins, eating certain fruits and veggies sparingly and certain others in moderately high amounts, avoiding certain beverages and making various other additional dietary changes will bring the stone to pass out on its own effort, without causing much pain.
Immediate Action Should be Diet Control
Once a stone is detected, the goal should be to employ diet control to prevent further growth and development of the existing stone, as well as to avoid any more stone formations. Drinking lots of water will flush out toxins and mineral matters from the system continuously, for these are the ones usually involved in the making of a kidney stone. Almost always, dehydration is determined to be the main cause for stone development, since urine formed in low volumes will contain more of these crystal forming substances that can precipitate to form crystals, finally leading to stone formation. Physicians recommend drinking half of what the current body weight of the individual is, in fluid ounces.
While the main fluid going in should be copious amounts of water, fresh fruit juices, a blend of milk with seasonal fruits, vegetable soups are also considered as part of this. But, at any cost, avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and carbonated beverages. While these drinks, without doubt, are capable of quenching one’s thirst, they also have a diuretic effect – remove excess water from the body to increase urine flow. These are considered as dehydrating agents, which when not followed up by drinking plenty of water, will promote further growth of the existing stone.
Identify type of Kidney Stone & Adjust Diet
Now, kidney stones are of various types, and depending on this the dietary changes needed to be made also varies. To prevent the growth of calcium kidney stones, reduce the intake of sodium and oxalate rich foods. Sodium removal from the bloodstream by the kidneys will increase the calcium count in urine. Oxalic acid that occurs in various plant products as oxalates, when taken in excess, can combine with calcium and form calcium oxalate stones. Increasing the ratio of calcium minerals in the system will help in preventing this, so calcium-rich foods should continue to be consumed.
To prevent progressive development of uric acid stones, consumption of meat products needs to be lowered. Meats contain animal protein in large quantities, which when broken down, produce uric acids. Excess intake of red meat, especially organ meats like the liver, kidneys, brain, and breasts of chicken, will increase uric acid levels within, promoting the growth of uric acid kidney calculi.
Also, augmenting the citrate levels in urine will prevent build up of uric acids. Adequate amounts of citrates can be obtained from drinking fresh lemon juice on a daily basis, preferably unsweetened with sugar.