7 Surprising Facts You Must Know About Kidney Stones!

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If you are someone who likes to keep yourself informed about the various ailments that can affect your vital organs, then you must read some of these surprising facts on kidney stones.

Now, we all know that the pair of kidneys we possess are the most vital parts of the human body, without which we cannot function.

The kidneys are a pair of organs located at the back of our abdomen, each about the size of our fist.

Their main function being filtering the blood, they also carry out other important bodily functions like waste removal, maintaining the fluid balance of the body, etc.

Our blood passes through the kidneys several times in a day, in order to get filtered.

So, without normally functioning kidneys, we can face serious health complications.

Kidney stones occur when toxins, waste and hard deposits of minerals get deposited in your kidneys.

Some of the most common symptoms of kidney stones include pain while urinating, pain in the abdomen, back and bladder, nausea, chills, fever, etc.

So, here are a few surprising facts about kidney stones that you must know, have a look!

Fact #1

kidney stone facts

Kidney stones can be of several types like calcium stones, uric acid stones, struvite stones, cystine stones, etc., each caused by different ailments that affect the kidney.

Fact #2

kidney stone facts

The fact is that the pain is not caused by the edges of the stones jabbing the walls of the kidney. The pain is caused when the kidney stone gets stuck in the urinary duct, that is when the body tries to flush it out!

Fact #3

kidney stone facts

According to a research study, if you consume foods which are rich in oxalate content like peanut butter, chocolate, spinach, coffee, beer, etc., in excess, you will be more prone to kidney stones.

Fact #4

kidney stone facts

It is believed that climatic conditions are linked to kidney stones. People living in hotter locations are more prone to kidney stones, as they can get dehydrated easily.

Fact #5

kidney stone facts

According to another research study, sexual intercourse can help eliminate kidney stones, as a small amount of nitric oxide is produced in the body during sex, and this compound can dilate the urinary duct enough for the kidney stones to pass!

Fact #6

kidney stone facts

Taking calcium supplement pills can also lead to the formation of kidney stones, so it is better to consume natural sources of calcium instead, like milk.

Fact #7

kidney stone facts

Experts opine that drinking lemon juice on a regular basis can keep your kidneys cleansed and prevent kidney stones.

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Story first published: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 11:30 [IST]
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