A kidney stone is a hard, crystalline mineral material formed within the kidney or urinary tract. At the same time, your urine may lack substances that prevent crystals from sticking together, creating an ideal environment for kidney stones to form.These stones can either be pea sized or as huge as a golf ball. They are usually made of calcium oxalate and some other compounds and have a crystalline structure. The formation of kidney stones can create trouble in urination accompanied with weight loss, fever, nausea, hematuria and acute pain in lower abdominal region. There are various kinds of kidney stones like Struvite stones which form in response to an infection, such as a urinary tract infection, Uric acid stones which usually form in people who don’t drink enough fluids or who lose too much fluid, Calcium stones which are the most common kidney stones are calcium stones, usually in the form of calcium oxalate. Oxalate is a naturally occurring substance found in food and is also made daily by your liver.
Here are some home remedies which will you rid yourself of these stones:
1. Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice
It is one of the most effective ingredients for kidney stones and the discomfort they cause. Since both the ingredients are rich in citric acid, they help to dissolve the kidney stones as well as alkalize blood and urine. In addition to flushing out the toxins, apple cider vinegar can help ease pain caused by the stones. To reap these benefits, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 6-8 ounces of purified water. Drink this mixture throughout the day. You shouldn’t consume more than one 8-ounce glass of this mixture per day. If ingested in larger amounts, apple cider vinegar can lead to low levels of potassium and osteoporosis.
2. Drink lots of water
Consuming water excessively helps speeding up the process of passing a stone. Not drinking enough water is also one of the main causes of formation a kidney stone. One should drink at least 12 glasses of water if you are passing a kidney stone and even after one should make sure you are not dehydrated at any point.
It clears away toxins that contribute to kidney stone formation. It also helps flush out the body of the toxins so you can pass the stone. To consume, boil one or more celery stalks with water, and drink the juice throughout the day. If you have a scheduled surgery or suffering from low blood pressure you should avoid consuming this mixture. You can also consume celery juice or use celery seeds as a spice or add it in tea, since it they are great urine producers and kidney tonics.
4. Kidney Beans
Kidney beans are an excellent source of magnesium, which helps reduce symptoms associated with kidney stones. The broth from cooked kidney beans helps improve overall urinary and kidney health. It also helps dissolve and flush out the stones. To make the broth one should try removing the beans from inside the pods, and then boil the pods in purified hot water for six hours. This liquid can be strained through a muslin cloth, cooled and consumed throughout the day for one day to ease kidney stone pain.
5. Dandelion roots
Organic dandelion roots help to cleanse the kidneys and support normal kidney functioning. It also acts as a kidney tonic that stimulates the production of bile. This helps to eliminate waste, increase urine output, and improve digestion. Dandelions have vitamins A, B, C, D and various minerals such as potassium, iron, and zinc. You can make fresh dandelion juice or buy it as a tea. If you make it fresh, you may also add orange peel, ginger, and apple to taste. Drink 3-4 cups throughout the day.
6. Pomegranate Juice
Not only does it lower your urine’s acidity it also reduces your risk for future kidney stones, pomegranate juice also acts as a natural detoxifying agent that helps to get rid of impurities that cause the kidney stones. You can consume as much pomegranate juice as you want. Since it has several other health benefits as well.
Higher salt intake can cause gastrointestinal bloating, says study
People report more gastrointestinal bloating when they eat a diet high in salt, a study has found.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US re-analysed data from a large clinical trial conducted two decades ago, and found that high sodium intake increased bloating among trial participants.
“Bloating is one of the leading gastrointestinal complaints in the US and can be exacerbated in some people by a high-fiber diet. Our results suggest that they might be able to reduce that bloating, without compromising on healthy fiber, by lowering their sodium intake,” said Noel Mueller, senior author of the study.
Bloating is estimated to affect up to a third of US adults overall, and more than 90 per cent of those with irritable bowel syndrome, according to the study.
Bloating features a buildup of excess gas in the gut. The production of gas can be attributed to gas-producing gut bacteria breaking down fiber. There is also some evidence that sodium can stimulate bloating.
The study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, is the first to examine sodium as a cause of bloating in the context of low- and high-fiber diets.
The study analysed data from the DASH-Sodium trial, conducted at four clinical centres during 1998-99. It tested the DASH diet, a high-fiber diet which is relatively low in fat and high in fruits, nuts, and vegetables, against a low-fiber control diet.
Each of the two diets was tested at three levels of sodium, and the 412 participants all had high blood pressure at the trial start.
The trial was set up chiefly to determine the effect of dietary sodium and other factors on blood pressure, but included data on participants’ reports of bloating — data that Mueller and his colleagues analysed for the new study.
The team found that prior to the trial, 36.7 per cent of the participants reported bloating, which is more or less in line with national surveys of bloating prevalence.
They found too that the high-fiber DASH diet increased the risk of bloating by about 41 percent, compared to the low-fiber control diet — and men were more susceptible to this effect, compared to women.
But the scientists also determined that sodium was a factor in bloating. When they combined data from the DASH and control diets, and compared the highest level of sodium intake to the lowest, they found that the high-sodium versions of those diets collectively increased the risk of bloating by about 27 per cent compared to the low-sodium versions.
The key implication is that reducing sodium can be an effective way to reduce bloating — and in particular may be able to help people maintain a healthy, high-fiber diet.
Second-hand smoking dangerous:study
A recent study has discovered a link between second-hand smoking and development of chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, found out that exposure to second-hand smoking increases the risk of various diseases and the researchers investigated the link between exposure to second-hand smoking and CKD.
The study included 131,196 never-smokers who participated in the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study from 2001 to 2014. Participants were classified into 3 groups based on the frequency of second-hand smoke exposure as assessed with survey questionnaires: no-exposure, less than 3 days per week of exposure, and 3 or more days per week of exposure.
Participants with less than three days per week and those with three or more days per week of exposure had 1.48-times and 1.44-times higher odds of having CKD when compared with participants with no second-hand cigarette exposure
“Second-hand smoke exposure at home or in the workplace is still prevalent despite legislative actions prohibiting public smoking.
This exposure was found to be clearly related with CKD, even with less-frequent amounts of second-hand smoke exposure,” said Jung Tak Park, the lead researcher.
Vitamin C may lower BP, sugar levels in diabetics
Taking vitamin C supplements can help diabetics by lowering elevated blood sugar levels throughout the day, a study has found.
The research, published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, also found that vitamin C lowered blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes, suggesting benefits for heart health too. According to Glenn Wadley from Deakin University in Australia, the results may help millions currently living with the health condition.
”We found that participants had a significant 36 per cent drop in the blood sugar spike after meals. This also meant that they spent almost three hours less per day living in a state of hyperglycaemia,” Wadley said. “This is extremely positive news as hyperglycaemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in people living with type 2 diabetes,” he said.
“We also found that the proportion of people with hypertension halved after taking the vitamin C capsules, with both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels dropping significantly,” Wadley added. The dose of vitamin C used in the study was about 10 times the normal dietary intake and readily available from most health food stores, researchers said.
“Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties can help counteract the high levels of free radicals found in people with diabetes, and it’s encouraging to see this benefits a number of the disease’s common comorbidities, such as high blood pressure,” he said. “While physical activity, good nutrition and current diabetes medications are standard care and very important for managing type 2 diabetes, some people can find it tough to manage their blood glucose levels even with medication,” he added.