Were you aware that on average, 1 in 10 people will develop a kidney stone at some point in their lifetime? Research has proven that the rate in kidney stone patients have risen in the UK over the last 5 years. If you happen have acquired knowledge of kidney stones in the past you’ll know there is several lifestyle changes that you can make, which in return will help you decrease your chances of developing a kidney stone.
Here are our top tips:
Always stay hydrated
Relaxing settings and exercises such as sauna and hot yoga are tipped as being excellent for your health – although doing these activities too much can be linked to kidney stones. Surely that doesn’t make sense though? It does, as these activities have prone to making you sweat lots. The loss of water fluid in your body then leads to less urine movements as you have been sweating all the fluid out instead – this causes stone-causing minerals to stay in the kidneys.
There is a way around this problem, if you drink great amounts of water when you know that you’ll be completing a difficult exercise or whilst being exposed to warm weather, then you will keep a good balance of fluid in your bodily system. Having h2O flowing through your system will make you more likely to make regular urination.
Decrease your sodium intake
As must readers will be aware, a high dosage of salt intake causes multiple problems for the body and according to scientific research, having a lot of salt in your urine will prevent calcium from reabsorbing from the urine and the blood. Although why does this affect us? Well, it can create high urine calcium, which is one of the causes for developing kidney stones.
If you are in taking little salt into your body it’ll stop calcium levels from rising. The idea is to keep your urine calcium as low as possible so that the risk of gaining a kidney stone will be minimised.
We would highly suggest checking the label on the packaging of the food that you are buying from the supermarket to find out if it contains too much sodium/salt. To make it easier for you we have constructed a list of foods which are known for containing high amounts of sodium, which is available below.
• Condiments such as ketchup, mustard and hot sauce
• Tinned soups and vegetables
• Bacon, sausages and other red meats
• Processed foods such as crisps
Eat less meat
Much like ingesting too much sodium based foods, having a high intake of animal protein is also a negative for developing kidney stones due to their ability to increase urine acid. Calcium oxalate kidney stones can be triggered by a high admission of urine acid. So yet again to give you the reader a more clear image of what sort of meats you should be trying to decrease an intake of, we have made a handy list below.
The chances are, if you have been stuck in bed for a large period of time or are static for long, you are more likely to develop a kidney stone. The reason for this is due to your body releasing too much calcium when you aren’t exercising regularly- this is something you would want to avoid, like explained in my point on the sodium intake. On top of this, exercising allows you to lower your blood pressure – having a high blood pressure can double your chances of having a kidney stone. Just remember, when you are exercising to intake plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
Seek professional help
If you have noticed that you are receiving the symptoms of kidney stones such as; increasing pain to your side and back, urination pain, reoccurring waves of pain, vomiting and faint nausea then you should seek to see a professional at the first opportunity that you have. We would highly recommend arranging a meeting with kidney stone specialists LUA if you live in the London area. If you live elsewhere in the UK contact your GP for an appointment.