What Causes Kidney Stones?
Different kidney stones are formed by different minerals. Minerals such as calcium, oxalate, sodium and uric acid are the primary the causes of kidney stones. When over consumed or deficient water becomes the number one way to avoid the formation.
Causes Of Calcium Oxalate Stones
When there is a calcium deficiency the body produces a substance known as oxalate. The oxalate then travel through the blood and into the urine. When dehydration occurs the oxalate begins to form a stone within the kidney.
Not only can the body produce a high amount of oxalate when the body is low on calcium but certain foods contain a high amount of this molecule.
For a list of foods high in oxalate and uric acid read my post about kidney stone prevention.
Causes Of Uric Acid Stones
The best solution for those who suffer with uric acid is to decrease the amount of foods that contain high amounts of uric acid.
What Causes Struvite Stones
This stone most often effects women. It is often caused by urinary tract infections. When bacteria is presented the body attempts to alkalinizes the urine and the stones begin to develop.
What Causes Cystine Stones
Cystine stones form when amino acids leave the kidneys into the urine to form a stone.
Now that you can identify the molecule that is causing the formation of the stones you can begin avoiding high amounts of it. Also drinking high amounts of water helps flush the urine from any kidney stone causing molecules.
For a list of food that causes kidney stones check out my kidney stones prevention post here.