3 weeks ago I was diagnosed as most likely having had and passed a kidney stone. Extremely painful and I had to return home to bed in the afternoon and cancel other activities, but from what I hear, I got off lightly as the pain was very sharp for a few hours only, but has left a nagging ache since, but thankfully reducing. Blood tests suggest no further problems. This should have been diagnosed a few months ago when there were similar symptoms.
I notice the comments re hard water, and where I live that is the case. I guess I need to buy a new filter machine but also wonder if my diet before I became vegan (33 years vegetarian) contributed due to large number of eggs I was eating? And, at one time when I wasn't sure if I was eating well due to extreme amounts of work travel and not being able to get good vegetarian meals, I probably used too many unnecessary supplements including calcium, which may have backfired now.
Egg and cheese dishes or pizza were the main foods I could get when away from home!
And (in the UK) I got very frustrated in restaurants with fixed menus that only offered omelette and chips (fries), veg lasagne and chips and wouldn't let me have the vegetables they were supplying with meat dishes, even if I offered to pay more.
Any recommendations how to reduce the chances of another stone will be welcome!
Hello everyone - Urinary crystals may be to do with excess protein - many people eat too much, incl protein pwdrs! Poor digestive function can harm - esp with wrong food combining principles,Many people just eat too much, esp later in the day. Our digestive power/fire is strongest between 11:00am and 2pm, this is when we should have our largest meal of the day; ie protein of some sort with a freshly made salad & dressing with some herbs, or non-starchy vegetables (zucchini, green leafy, etc etc). Spices are great too. Keep fluids out as these interfere with our natural digestive enzymes. Ayurvedic doctors will tell us to have our main meal around midday. And they also say not to eat unfermented dairy products after around 2pm, as these undigested food particles are toxins and will end up in different organs around the body, incl kidneys. Some people drink a little kefir at night (vegans don't do this of course unless they drink coconut kefir). Paul & Patricia Bragg (www.bragg.com), talk about fasting one day a week, to rest the digestive organs, and allow acid crystals to dislodge from our joints, muscles, cells; see their book, 'The Miracle of Fasting'. I think Cranberry juice (organic unsweetened) also supports kidney and adrenal function, so drink a small quantity first thing in the morning. Pure unsweetened black currant juice is good too (not sure where to find this though yet). Celery is good for kidneys too. And of course, good quality water, ie natural, sping, or filterered water - Donna Gates, in her book, 'The Body Ecology Diet' talks about drinking most of our water before midday. We also need clean efficient working colon (large intestine) - N Walker's book, 'Colon Health' mentions how all glands will be affected by a clogged up toxic colon!! In Chinese medicine philosophy, kidney time is between 5pm and 7pm. Many people overwork or are rushing about, this taxes kidney chi (energy), alcohol too. There are many factors that can affect kidney function, including our emotions - see TCM theory). I worked in a UK hospital, saw results of bad diet & poor digestive function. One can wear some masseur sandels (shoes / flip flops), they give us a reflexology workout which will stimulate all parts of the body - or massage your own feet and ears. When it comes to eggs, I don't think it is the eggs that are at fault, most people eat eggs in unhealthy ways. Eggs are contracting in energy, so must be eated with herbs and vegetables, some more yin veggies like celery, peppers, onions, asparagus; Donna Gates says to eat only yokes (softly cooked/boiled/scrambled), egg whites are hard to digest. Of course, ethically speaking, some won't eat eggs due to other reasons, ie animal welfare/rights, and cruelty issues. Some things to ponder!
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