Health Tip / Kidney Stones

I just learned of a friend who had kidney stones last week. It brought her to her knees in pain. Ironically, my friend, Dr. Cory Koch sent out this e-news note the next day. Thought I’d share the information with you.

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Message from CLC store – Health Tip / Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, solid particles (sort of like pebbles) that are made up of undissolved minerals in the urinary system.

Kidney stones are typically the size of sand granules, but in some cases a kidney stone may grow as large as a golf ball! Kidney stones are usually stuck in the kidneys and have trouble making their way though the urinary tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder. Most kidney stones eventually find their way out of the kidneys, into the bladder and in the urine stream. In some cases, this process may be painful, and in others it may not. It all depends on the size of the stone. When a kidney stone is stuck in the kidney, medical intervention is required to break-up the stone into smaller, more easily passable pieces. The medical treatment involves sticking things where they don’t belong and is not very desirable from the patients perspective.

The best treatment for kidney stones is preventing them from occurring in the first place.

The most common cause of kidney stones is dehydration. Not drinking enough water causes a build-up of mineral salts which then leads to the creation of stones. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day will keep the kidneys flushed and prevent the mineral build-up. In addition, a diet high in vegetables seems to lower the risk of developing kidney stones. A deficiency in the mineral magnesium has also been linked to kidney stone formation. Try eating magnesium rich foods like leafy green vegetables, almonds and apples.

One of the biggest offenders, as far as the formation of kidney stones goes, is the consumption of sugar and sugary products.

Sugar raises the body’s blood sugar level. The body then responds by secreting the blood sugar leveling hormone insulin. Excessive insulin production leaches the mineral calcium from the bones, which then places it in the urinary system, contributing to stone formation. As previously mentioned, medical intervention for kidney stones can be quite painful and invasive. Avoiding kidney stones and having probes placed in compromising areas is as simple as drinking more water, eating a few apples and cutting out sugar. I would prefer the latter.

Thought for the Week: Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia. ~Napoleon I


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