Kidney Stones: Causes, Treatments and How To Prevent Them


In the United States alone, at least 1 out of 11 people get kidney stones once in their lifetime. The kidney’s function is to remove fluid and waste from the blood stream, which is then turned into urine. Kidney stones are formed when tiny collections of salt and minerals form in your pee. While these stones can be tiny and can get passed through the urinary tract, some can grow to be quite large and can even take up the entire size of the kidney.

There are a variety of symptoms that you will notice if you have kidney stones. A few examples are blood in the urine, foul-smelling urine, nausea or vomiting, pain that can be severe on either side of your lower back, stomach pain, as well as fever and chills. And there are also four types of kidney stones that you can get as well; calcium, uric acid, struvite and cystine.

Below you will find both their causes and their cures. 

Causes of Kidney Stones:

1.    You Don’t Drink Enough Water


When you don’t drink enough water, the minerals that are found in your urine cannot be diluted enough to stop stones from forming. If you don’t drink at least the recommended 8 cups of water daily, or if you don’t replenish water that’s been lost from sweating or peeing, there’s a higher chance of kidney stones forming in your body. You’ll know if you lack water if your pee is dark in color, as well as if there’s a foul odor.

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