If one has kidney gravel or has had lithotripsy, it might be useful to use preparations with diuretic and antispasmodic effect to promote the passage of tiny parts and to prevent kidney stones.
Kidney spasms, kidney stones
Kidney spasms are never pleasant. This is well known by anyone who has already experienced kidney spasms. They are typically caused by kidney stones leaving the kidneys or moving.
Development of kidney stones
Why kidney stones develop and why only some people develop kidney stones is still not clearly understood. Nevertheless, it is clear that whatever type the kidney stone it is (their chemical composition varies), its development is facilitated by concentrated urine, in which minerals become precipitated. Therefore, it is important to consume fluid in appropriate amounts, which dilutes urine.
Kidney stone diet
The most common type of kidney stones are the ones containing calcium oxalate. To prevent calcium oxalate from forming crystals that could clump together to build kidney stones, it is essential to decrease the consumption of foods with a high calcium content (cheese, chocolate, cocoa, etc.). The sufficient intake of magnesium and vitamin B6 is also important. The other most common type of kidney stone is uric acid stone, the formation of which is enhanced by the consumption of too much protein, especially the types found in game meat. Therefore, those who have a predisposition to this disease (gout) are recommended to avoid eating “red meat” and to consume vegetables instead.
Kidney stones do not develop from one day to the next. First tiny crystals precipitate in the urine, which clump together and eventually form kidney stones. Urinary tract infection may also contribute to the formation of kidney gravel and stones. For this reason, it is very important to “flush” the kidneys as intensively as possible by consuming a lot of fluid. It may often be useful to consume natural products with diuretic and antiseptic effect like goldenrod extract or herbal teas.