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Herbal remedies for kidney stones

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Doctor Flora Ilonzo, please I want to know whether kidney failure is the same thing with kidney stones?

KIDNEY stones are usually made of insoluble crystals and minerals which are found in the urine. Most stones are made from calcium where lime salts form around small mucous masses or other tissue fragments, but stones can also be made from other substances such as uric acid.

Stones form in the kidney, the bladder or the urethra (the tubes which connect the kidneys to the bladder). They can cause almost no pain when they are tiny but if they begin to pass through the urinary tract the pain can be excruciating.

Having kidney stones in the body makes bladder infections much more likely. If you ever pass blood in your urine or have persistent back pain, then it’s very important that you see your doctor.

People who live in soft water areas are more likely to suffer kidney stones. Hard water areas have less incidence of this problem. The calcium content of both types of water are usually similar but the hard water may simply have low levels of other minerals which cause more calcium to be dumped into the kidneys.

Foods for kidney stones              

Replace animal protein with more vegetarian-type foods, such as soya bean.

Calcium and magnesium: Eat more calcium and magnesium-rich foods such as fresh fish, curried vegetables, honey, soya flour and yoghurt.

Wheat germ: Raw wheat germ is rich magnesium and vitamin E.

Vegetables: Include more leafy green vegetables, brown rice and pastas made from corn and rice in your diet.

Reduce or eliminate

As kidney stones are linked to a high-acid diet it is best to reduce acid forming foods such as animal protein, dairy from cows, sugar, alcohol, tea and refined white foods should be kept to a minimum.

Foods high in oxalates should be avoided as much as possible. These include beetroot, spinach, beans, chocolate, grapefruit, oranges, lemon, peanuts, peppers, sweet potato and tea.

Avoid sodium-based table salts, try salt which are based on magnesium and potassium.

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