Kidneys are for sure important organs in our bodies. These perform different kinds of jobs that are essential to retain many of our routine activities. Some of the common roles kidneys play include formation of urine, toxin removal, retention of optimal fluid concentration in bodies. Kidneys are not alone in this. We have got bladder, urethras, ureters etc. to support our body.
However, kidneys and other associated organs are considered quite helpful for us. Just as their normal functioning matters the most, any problem in the functioning of these organs can be troubling to live with.
I remember recently one of my uncles was diagnosed with bladder stones. He was negligent initially and after ignoring the problem for weeks he had to rush to the best urologist in Islamabad. His doctor revealed that he was suffering from bladder stone and he eventually went for the treatment then.
Myths and Facts about Stones
When it comes to the right understanding of these organs and their function, we see there are things people need to know more clearly about, especially about the diseases. Here are some of the common myths you need to know about stone problems in these organs.
1- Drink more and more water for urinary stone
It is often said to consume more and more water if you want to get rid of kidney or ureteral stones as water can flush them out. But the claim isn’t completely true. The reason is that the presence of stone causes the blockage. In case of excessive hydration, you add to the trouble and you end up causing the blocked area to be more bloated.This bloating makes it difficult for you to carry out normal functioning . So, there is no point in drinking more and more water in case of kidney stones.
2- Drink beer for stone prevention
Another popular belief about kidney stones says that when you drink beer, it breaks down the stones and prevents their formation. However, there is not enough evidence to support this claim. Kidney stones formation can’t be deterred by drinking beer. It causes more damage and increases the chances of formation of a particular type of stones.
3- You should consume as much water as you can
When it comes to the prevention of kidney and other related organs problems, drinking more and more water is one piece of advice we often receive. However, the fact behind this uncontrolled water consumption says that it isn’t good every time. When you consume too much water this can also be causing you many problems unlike your expectations that it will save you from such problems.
4- Medications can dissolve the stones
Well, this is merely a myth. Most of the stones are composed of minerals and there are currently no medications available to dissolve these stones. There are medicines for uric acid stones that can be used to dissolve these stones at an early stage. Bigger stones still can’t be treated by using medications and surgical procedures are further required.
5- You can’t consume dairy if you have the problem of kidney stones
Kidney stones themselves are a bigger problem and many people believe that any type of calcium consumption can leave you with more and more stones. However, the consumption of calcium will end up into calcium deficiency and will leave your body absorbing less oxalate. The oxalate alongside other minerals will turn into stones. Soo, yes you can’t skip consuming calcium if you have a problem with stone formation.
6- Drink barley water to dissolve kidney stones
This is merely myth as barley water is taken as plain water and does no wonder to your kidney. No matter how much barley water you consume it still can’t do anything good to the formation of stones in your kidneys.
Kidney and urinary stones are quite of a problem and can be quite painful to deal with. These stones not only affect your routine life activities but also do no good to your body. So, you don’t need to believe anything you hear about this and be more considerate about our health. Consume kidney healthy foods, drink more water and keep your kidneys healthy. It’s always better to consult your physician into this and only follow the right advice.