Beans treatment for reducing Kidney stone problem
Beans treatment for reducing Kidney stone problem
Records of kidney stones, which are mineral crystallizations that form from imbalanced mineral ions in your urine, can be found since the beginning of civilization. Lithotomy, a surgical procedure for removing stones, is one of the earliest known surgical procedures. In fact, a caution about the dangers of surgically removing stones is found in the text of the Hippocratic Oath, and there is even evidence of kidney stones in a 7,000-year-old Egyptian mummy.
In just the past three decades, however, the number of people with kidney stones in the United States has been on the rise — most likely as a result of modern diets — and the condition is now incredibly common. Nearly 3 million people visit a health care provider and more than half a million go to the emergency room each year due to problems with kidney stones, according to the National Kidney & Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC).1
Just recently, someone in my family had a mild case of kidney stones. I also treated my brother-in-law 20 years ago for recurrent stones and he underwent several rounds of extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. Eventually I had to refer him to the University of Chicago Center, where they were able to develop a dietary program that essentially eliminated them.
In all, an estimated one million Americans develop kidney stones each year. Unfortunately, this makes the chance of getting another one very high, as once you have had one kidney stone attack, your chance of recurrence is about 70 to 80 percent. So, as with most health conditions, prevention is the best route of attack for kidney stones.
What Are Kidney Stones?
Kidney stones form when minerals in your urine crystallize, forming a “stone.” Typically, compounds in your urine inhibit these crystals from forming. Some people form stones when their urine contains more crystal-forming substances, such as calcium and uric acid, than the available fluid can dilute. This can happen when urine is highly acid or highly alkaline.
The conditions allowing kidney stones to form are created by problems in the way your body absorbs and eliminates calcium and other substances. Sometimes the underlying cause is a metabolic disorder or kidney disease, although certain drugs, such as Lasix (furosemide), Topomax (topiramate), and Xenical, can also promote kidney stones. Many times, it is a combination of factors that creates an environment favorable to stone formation.
As such, most kidney stones contain crystals of multiple types, but determining the predominate type helps you identify the underlying cause:
Calcium stones: The most common type (four out of five cases) is usually in the form of calcium oxalate. Oxalate is found in some fruits and vegetables, but your liver produces most of your oxalate. If you are found to have oxalate stones, your physician may recommend avoiding foods rich in oxalates, such as dark green vegetables, nuts, and chocolate.
Struvite stones: Found more often in women, these are almost always the result of urinary tract infections.
Uric acid stones: These are a byproduct of protein metabolism. They’re commonly seen with gout, and may result from certain genetic factors and disorders of your blood-producing tissues. However, fructose also elevates uric acid, and there is evidence that fructose consumption is helping to drive up rates of kidney disease.
Cystine stones: Representing only a very small percentage of kidney stones, these are the result of cystinuria, a hereditary disorder that causes your kidneys to excrete massive amounts of certain amino acids.
Do Kidney Stones Require Medical Help?
If the stone remains small, it will pass through your urinary tract unnoticed, but if it is large it can be one of the most excruciatingly painful conditions you can experience. Kidney stones can range in size from a grain of sand to larger than a golf ball, and if a stone fails to pass, permanent damage to your urinary tract can result.
So this is not something to ignore — not that you could easily ignore such a painful episode — but in most cases the best solution is letting the stone pass on its own. This might take days, or weeks in some cases, but the key is to drink enough pure water — NOT soda or fruit juice — to decrease the concentration of solids in your urine to the point that the stone will be dissolved.
Most kidney stones will pass on their own without medical intervention, but in some cases, such as if a stone blocks the flow of urine, damages kidney tissues, or is simply too large to pass on its own, you may need more aggressive treatment. There are several medical procedures and surgical techniques that can be used to treat kidney stones, but the risks are high enough that physicians typically shy away from them, unless there’s no other choice.
Fortunately, there are now some more advanced options other than surgery, such as extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. This treatment entails being submerged in a tub of water where sound waves traveling through the liquid shatter the stones. They then pass as gravel through your urine in a few days or weeks.
Affecting around 10% of the population of the world and most common in men between the ages of 30 and 40, kidney stones are a painful and often recurring issue that can last for weeks at a time. Stones are formed when high levels of calcium, sodium, uric acid (the same stuff that causes gout flare-ups), or other crystal-forming substances build up in the urine to levels which the body cannot properly eliminate. These substances gather and chemically bond to each other forming a stone inside the organ. Some kidney stones are very small and may be passed out in the urine with minimal or no symptoms. Others may grow quite large and eventually become lodged in the opening of the urethra – the tube that allows urine to pass from each kidney to the bladder. At this point the stones cause pain, frequent urge to urinate, nausea, vomiting, and excessive sweating among other things.
If you’re one of the unlucky 10% who has experienced kidney stones, or if someone in your family has gotten them in the past (kidney stones are hereditary), you probably want to read on to discover the top eight natural remedies for kidney stones that will help to prevent, alleviate the discomfort of, and break apart those nasty little rocks before they become a big problem.
On a similar note (and somewhat ironically) Kidney beans – so called for their resemblance in shape and color to the same-named organ – are also great for clearing up kidney stones. Kidney beans are not only very high in fiber, they’re also a great source of non-animal protein, B vitamins, and minerals that improve urinary tracts and kidney health. To get the most out of your kidney beans, cook them in water (avoid meat broth, salt, etc) until they are tender enough to eat. Strain the liquid, let it cool, then strain it again. You can drink the resulting bean broth to help dissolve and flush out stones then eat the delicious beans themselves to boost your overall kidney health.