Kidney conditions are increasing more in Spain every day. It is impressive how many people do not have the slightest idea of what an oxalic stone can be and try to improve their symptoms by increasing the amount of water they consume during the day and taking self- medicated painkillers; which only makes your condition worse in the long run.
Just in case you are one of the many who is not clear about the term lithiasis, it is a disease that attacks the kidneys chronically. Its main characteristic is the appearance of kidney stones in the urinary tract or kidneys; it affects the entire urinary system and is complicated by urinary infections.
There are also gallstones, which are stones formed in the gallbladder; but this time I will specify the characteristics of kidney stones formed by calcium oxalate. This type of lithiasis is one of the most dangerous due to the fact that those who suffer from it generally do not visit the doctor and are treated with medications that are sold without a prescription at the pharmacy for a long time; which causes great damage to the kidney.
Instructions to cure oxalic lithiasis
The formation of calcium oxalate stones in the kidneys or urinary tract is known as oxalic renal lithiasis. Now, knowing specifically the compound of the calculus formed, the necessary measures can be taken to cure or prevent the formation of these.
- A diet low in oxalic acid is essential to prevent the formation of new stones and prevent the increase in the size of the stones that the patient has.
- Foods that should be avoided in excess are: green leaves such as spinach, lettuce, chard, watercress, red fruits, beets, nuts, tea, coffee, cola drinks, chocolate and wheat germ.
- The important thing is to minimize calcium intake; well, if your body is forming stones with this, it is because you are consuming in excess.
- Cooking vegetables in boiling water and not consuming that water helps lower the amount of oxalic acid in food. Therefore, it is preferable to avoid green soups or stews.
- Reducing the consumption of animal protein in meats can also help decrease oxalic acid in the body.
- Avoid dairy. If possible, only consume once a day and accompanied by plenty of water.
- Increase the consumption of fruits high in vitamin C:lemons, oranges and other citrus fruits. However, do not exceed your intake of vitamin C with supplements; since it has been proven that high doses of vitamin C in the body increase the presence of oxalic acid. The recommended intake for adults is 9 to 70 mg of vitamin C; while in children and adolescents it is between 60 and 70 mg.
- Avoid calcium or vitamin C supplementation in mega doses; always consult your GP.
- Reduces the consumption of fructose. Do not consume fruits in syrup, because it is proven that fructose considerably increases the risk of producing urea stones. This means that if you already have calcium stones, you are more likely to develop urea stones as well.
- Also, it would be good to have your thyroid checked. Patients with hyperparathyroidism are at a much higher risk of developing kidney stones.
- Finally, I recommend incorporating apple cider vinegar and celery juice into your diet, because these will help you break up any stones you have, whether they are calcium oxalate or urea.
What do you need to cure oxalic lithiasis?
The first thing you have to do to know if you have an excess of oxalates that can damage your kidneys is to check if you have some of the symptoms that I describe below; and of course, immediately visit your trusted doctor.
- You feel like you urinate less than normal.
- You have exhaustion and malaise in general.
- You have noticeably lost your appetite and feel nauseous; you’ve even vomited a few times.
- Your skin has turned pale.
- Your feet or hands are swollen.
- You have trouble urinating.
- You have constant back pain.
Tips to cure oxalic lithiasis
Oxalic acid helps to separate minerals from food so that the excess of these is discarded through the urine. Therefore, if you consume an excess of foods with a high calcium content, you are taking self-medicated calcium supplements or some other medication that is based on calcium (such as antacids); You may have calcium oxalate kidney stones.
When we have too much calcium in the body, oxalic acid is responsible for fixing everything that is left over in the urinary system. In this way, this famous “sequestering ingredient” prevents intestinal absorption; trying to avoid intoxication due to excess minerals in your body, it is the main cause of kidney stones.
As an important piece of information, I will tell you that hyperoxaluria is a disease that occurs in comorbidity with renal lithiasis; since it is produced by an excess of oxalate in the blood. However, this can become hereditary and has nothing to do with your diet; although the diet low in oxalic acid can help you if you suffer from primary hyperoxaluria.
This disease is characterized by the inability of the liver to create the necessary amount of an enzyme; which is responsible for preventing the excessive production of oxalate. Therefore, as the kidneys are the ones that eliminate excess oxalate, stones are produced in the urine when they come into contact with minerals such as calcium.