These are Some of the Causes of Kidney Stones

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

Kidney stones are stone like masses that build up in the kidneys to form larger and harder stones. They are believed to be formed from minerals like calcium that do not find their way out with urine. Kidney stones are also called urinary tract stone disease. Among the signs that one can experience when they have kidney stones include fever, a general feeling of being sick, constant pain while urinating and an increased urge to urinate, discolored urine usually stained with blood or cloudiness, smelly urine where one has to observe the distinct smells, which is not a normal smell. One symptom that is usually common is extreme pain that manifests itself below the abdomen and in the kidney areas that flashes around the back to the front.

High levels of vitamin D can cause calcium kidney stones. People with other diseases like cancer can greatly increase the development of the stones. Uric acid stones can be caused by eating too much meat. Due to the very high excesses of uric acid when one eats meat especially beef, it is a major contributor to this kind of kidney stones. Diseases like gout also play a very vital role in increasing uric acid stones. It has also been found that a huge percentage of people suffering from gout also suffer from uric acid kidney stones and other forms.

Kidney stones could also be caused by high levels of ammonia in the urine. Due to the presence of ammonia in high quantities in women than men, hence the prevalence in women. They are yellow and crystalline. This type of stones are passed on by parents to children . Indeed, kidney stones can be hereditary. This often happens in the early stages of life usually between 10 and 30 years.

Not drinking enough water has been seen to cause or facilitate the progression. One should keep the urine clear by drinking enough water. Water cleans impurities from our systems very practically. People who do not take the required amount of water have very concentrated urine, this shows that their system is dealing with a lot of 'dirt'. Clear urine indicates that one's body is being cleansed effectively.

People who have had surgery in the intestine or around the stomach may be at a higher risk of developing kidney stones. This is because the normal absorption of minerals does not usually occur and this abnormality may cause kidney stones to develop. Also, when the parathyroid glands produce too much hormone, calcium production increases and in turn kidney stones form. Kidney stones can also form due to geographical dispensation. White people are more likely to suffer from the disease than black people. Engaging in exercise routine or strenuous activity is highly profitable to the body. But if one is not replacing the right amount of fluids in their body, they will most likely develop kidney stones.

One might ask, which is the right amount of water to take and probably know that it is 8-10 glasses a day but, one should learn to monitor the levels of water in their body. There are people who take more than 10 glasses a day simply because they feel more need for hydration. Apart from feeling sick, one cannot suffer adverse effects of drinking more than the prescribe amount. The secret is in taking water like food. Sips of water throughout the day will leave you wondering how much you have been able to contain. Lack of proper hydration will cause kidney stones to form and what a better way of averting the disease with water.

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