Kidney Stones

kidney stone formation

Last Updated April 1st, 2019

Overview of kidney stones

The National Institute of Health reports that nearly 15% of India’s current population suffers from kidney stones.Improper diet and overdose of few medications can have far-reaching consequences on human health. The organ that suffers maximum damage in such cases is the kidney. It is one of the vital organs of the body that excretes waste products and other toxic materials via urine. Any infection or abnormal functioning of the kidney can trigger the formation of “kidney stones”, which is becoming a life-threatening condition in recent years. Recent survey by American Urological Association reveals that about 12% men and 7% women normally suffer from kidney stones worldwide. Doctors around the world are predicting an increase in this percentage.  Immediate attention to dietary habits and environmental hygiene is necessary to prevent kidney diseases in general.

What is a kidney stone?

kidney stone formationA kidney stone is a solidified mass of salts and minerals that are normally present in urine.

An increase in the normal concentration of these minerals such as calcium, oxalates, phosphates or uric acid impedes the normal mechanism of waste secretion by the kidneys and leads to the formation of crystals within kidneys.

Kidney stones vary in shape and size.

Very small kidney stones can easily pass through the urine without causing any trouble.

But larger stones induce stress in the ureter while approaching the bladder and can even block the normal flow of urine in extreme cases, causing tremendous pain, infection and bleeding in kidneys.

What causes kidney stones?

Kidney stones or “Urolithiasis” may result due to multiple etiological factors. It mainly arises due to existing diseases within the body like-

  • Hypercalciuria: In this condition the urine contains a very high quantity of calcium.
  • Cystic kidney diseases: In this condition, fluid-filled sacs are form on the kidneys.
  • Hyperparathyroidism: It causes excess calcium in blood due to hyperactivation of thyroid gland.
  • Renal tubular acidosis: In this condition the blood becomes highly acidic due to failure of kidney to excrete excess acid into the urine.
  • Cystinuria: In this condition, excess amino acid (cystine) is present in urine.
  • Hyperoxaluria: Large amount of oxalate is present in urine.
  • Hyperuricosuria: It arises from defective uric acid metabolism.
  • Medullary sponge kidney: Small stones are present in kidney.
  • Gout: It causes accumulation of uric acid crystals.

kidney stone treatmentOther generalized causes include-

  • Clogging of urinary tract due to accumulated wastes
  • Chronic inflammation of bowel (Crohn’s disease) or other digestive disorders (diarrhoea)
  • Gastrointestinal tract surgery in the past
  • A family history of kidney diseases
  • Frequent urinary tract infections (due to the use of unhygienic toilets)
  • Diet rich in protein and salt, but deficient in Vitamin B6 (leads to excess oxalate in urine)
  • Extreme dehydration
  • Excess intake of Vitamin C, Calcium supplements or antacids containing calcium
  • Hormonal changes during menopause or pregnancy
  • Cysts or scars in kidneys
  • Increased alkalinity of urine
  • Decreased intake of fluids
  • Diabetes conditions (Type 2 Diabetes)
  • Obesity

What symptoms does the patient exhibit?

Kidney stones in very small forms are benign. The kidneys can excrete them through urine. But as they grow in size, kidney stones manifest themselves through some major symptoms which nee an immediate diagnosis. These are as follows-

  • Swelling of kidney (hydronephrosis) which causes tremendous pain
  • A sudden shooting pain in the back which often extends to lower abdomen
  • Excessive urge to urinate but inability to pass urine properly
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Frequent urination in few cases
  • Dark brown or reddish urine due to presence of blood in urine (hematuria)
  • Persistent pain at the tip of genitals
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling of dehydration
  • Occasional fever in critical situations

What are the types of kidney stones?

kidney stone causesKidney stones usually range from microscopic to macroscopic in size, have a rough texture and can be found in kidneys, ureter or bladder. Kidney stones can be broadly categorized into the following types-

  • Calcium stones: 80% of kidney stones are formed due to the presence of excess calcium mainly in two forms- calcium phosphate and calcium oxalate. Calcium phosphates are formed by the combination of alkaline urine and calcium. Oxalates are formed by excess excretion of oxalate wastes.
  • Uric acid stones: These are formed due to excess uric acid in urine, which deposits along with calcium to form kidney stones. The acidic nature of urine, in this case, is attributed to obesity, diabetes or chronic diarrhea. It is mainly caused by purine-rich diet (meat, fish, sea-foods).
  • Struvite stones: These are formed due to kidney infections. They disappear after the infections are gone.
  • Cystine stones: These form due to the presence of excess amino acid (cysteine) in urine. This occurs as a result of the leakage of cystine through kidneys into the urine. A hereditary metabolic disorder called “Cystinuria” predisposes a person to this disease.

Who are more likely to develop kidney stones?

According to a survey conducted by World Health Organization (WHO), inhabitants of tropical and subtropical areas suffer most from kidney stones due to extreme dehydration. The American Urological Association has projected the steady rise of kidney stone cases in the next few years due to global warming.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of kidney stones varies according to the size and location of the stone. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) breaks down the stones to smaller sizes.In the next step, shockwave treatment takes place. Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy is necessary when kidney stone size is larger than 2-3 cm. For stones present in the distal ureter, pathologists employ the Cystoscopic-ureteroscopic techniques.

Treatment & Prevention

The treatment procedure used for kidney stones depends on the size of the stone. If it is of smaller size and the symptoms are minimal, then it can be treated by drinking lots of water and eating painkillers that will ease the flushing out of the stone, along with drugs that will help in passing the kidney stones easily. But if the kidney stones are too big in size, then surgical intervention would be required.  Sometimes, sound waves are also used to break the kidney stones so that it can be passed along urine.  Ureteroscope (a thin lighted tube that passes along your ureter to locate the stones) can also be used to break the large stones in smaller, easily passable form.

Drinking adequate amount of water and eating a low sodium diet is helpful in preventing the formation of kidney stones. If your diet is high in calcium oxalates, you are more likely to develop kidney stones. You might be asked by your doctor to eat lesser oxalate foods such as beets, ladyfingers, sweet potatoes, soy products, and tea.

Studies show that a patient suffering from kidney stones has a 50% risk of forming kidney stone within the next 7 years. Also, men are more prone to kidney stones than women. In recent years, kidney stones have started affecting children as well. Doctors worldwide are therefore recommending a hygienic and healthy diet consisting of moderate sodium and less animal protein. Global health organizations are stressing upon the need to consume uncontaminated food and fluids to prevent kidney stones altogether.

Kidney Stones Home Remedies

There are a plethora of home remedies for treating kidney stones. Some of them are mentioned below. However, if you have a pre-existing medical condition you should first consult your doctor before applying any of these home remedies for treating the condition.

  • Lemon is rich in citrate that can slow down the calcified growth within the kidney and also break down the existing calcium build-up. Drinking one glass of lemon water in empty stomach can help in reducing the size of kidney stones naturally.
  • Acetic acid can hinder the growth and formation of kidney stones by stabilizing uric acid levels. It is found in apple cider vinegar and basil extract. Mix one part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water and drink this mixture twice a day. 1 tsp of basil leaf extract is also effective in treating kidney stones.
  • Wheatgrass is rich in minerals that naturally inhibit the formation of kidney stones. 1 glass of wheatgrass juice per day will help in breaking down the kidney stones and flushing it out of the body.
  • Magnesium is a mineral which can effectively prevent the formation of kidney stones and reduce the severity of the symptoms. It is found abundantly in kidney beans. Drinking plain kidney bean broth is an effective home remedy for treating kidney stones.
  • Mix 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in one glass of water and drink this mixture in empty stomach. This will add lubrication to the urinary tract and help in passing the kidney stones easily.
  • Pomegranate can lower the acidic content of the urine and thus make kidney stone formation difficult.

TL;DR?

Kidney stone infographic

Facts

  • Calcium stones and oxalate stones are the two most common types of kidney stones.
  • The biggest contributor to kidney stones is insufficient fluids in the body. Dark yellow-colored urine is an indicator of inadequate water content.

Facts

  • The medical term for kidney stones is renal calculus. It is also called as nephroliths.
  • High acidic content in food can also cause kidney stones.

Facts

  • Every year around 11% of men and 6% of women in the USA are diagnosed with kidney stones.
  • Having a family history of kidney stones is a risk factor. Similarly, if you have suffered from kidney stones in the past, it is highly likely that you will develop this condition in the future too.

Related Conditions

Want to live a healthy lifestyle?

Subscribe to free FactDr newsletters.

REVAMP YOUR

If you're enjoying our website, we promise you'll absolutely love our new posts. Be the first one to get a copy!

Get factually correct, actionable tips delivered straight to your inbox once a week.

I want the latest scoop on :

We hate spam too. We will never share your email address with anyone. If you change your mind later, you can unsubscribe with just one click

By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the FactDr Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of FactDr subscriptions at any time.

Display this infographic on your website

 

Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Drink plenty of water, around 8-10 glasses per day.
  • A diet which contains a lesser percentage of animal proteins is beneficial. If detected with kidney stones, refrain from consuming meats in general.
  • Keep a check on your daily calcium intake since kidney stones are mostly calcified accumulation.
Don'ts
  • Consume fruits such as grapefruits. Stick to drinking homemade lemonade.
  • Consume food high in sugar, salt, and acidic content.
  • Indulge in smoking or drinking.

 

 

 

Related Conditions

Trending Topics

ASTtest-liver
AST- Aspartate Aminotransferase Test AST test is a blood test that is used to measure the level of a particular liver enzyme…
Vitamin K2: 8 reasons why you need this bone-building & cancer-fighting nutrient Vitamin K2 is claimed to be essential for your bone health, for reducing the risk of cancer, and…
anti-thyroglobulin antibody
Anti-Thyroglobulin Antibody test Anti-thyrogloubin antibody test measures the level of antibodies that attack the thyroid gland cells and are hence indicative…
Lectin: The common link of proteins between peas and people Lectins are a type of protein that are found majorly in legumes. Most people are find it easy…
diverticulitis diet
Diverticulitis diet: The right way to eat if you suffer from the disease Are you suffering from diverticultis but clueless about your diet ? Read this complete plan for diverticulitis diet…
Maltitol: Things you must know about this artificial sweetener Sugar alcohols are produced by fruits and vegetables. Maltitol is an artificially produced sugar alcohol and is used…
TBHQ: A carcinogen lingering in your child’s favorite snacks TBHQ - Why you should shun the practice of eating instant noodles or microwave popcorn to get rid…
passion fruit juice
Passion fruit: How one exotic fruit can help you fight infections and cancer! Passion fruit: Why does this exotic fruit have such an enticing name? And how can it protect you…
Ferritin blood test
Ferritin Test Ferritin test is a blood test that provides vital information on the level of RBCs and iron in…
abdominal-CT-scan- image
Abdominal CT scan Abdominal CT scan is a diagnostic imaging technique that provides a clear picture of the state of internal…
serum zinc test
Serum Zinc Test The serum zinc test is a blood test performed to assess the zinc level in the blood (serum)…
folate test
Folate test The Folate test is used to measure and monitor the levels of folic acid in the blood. The…
Pulmonary Function Tests Pulmonary function tests (PFT’s) are non-invasive breathing tests employed for diagnosing and monitoring lung diseases such as bronchitis
low fodmap plan
Troubled with IBS? Here’s a complete roadmap to the low FODMAP diet Leaky & inflammatory gut troubling you? No medicine bringing you relief from the pain? Why not try the…
cytomegalovirus iGG
Cytomegalovirus (CMV)- IgG Test The cytomegalovirus IgG is the immunoglobulin protein produced by our immune system when the body is infected by…
Top 6 remedies to treat a razor burn at home Symptoms of razor burn include bumps on the skin, redness, and irritation of the skin. Find easy and…
The science behind daith piercing: Can it really cure migraine? Since the ear has several pressure points, it is believed that daith piercing activates the vagus nerve and…
The real reason why you shouldn’t be eating ramen noodles Instant ramen noodles might be your go-to snack for your hunger pangs. But with each spoonful you are…
How do neutrophils protect you from fatal bacterial attacks? During an infection, certain enzymes alert the mature neutrophils.  Neutrophils then travel through the bloodstream to the affected…
Stye : The best natural home remedies to ease the pain Styes developing inside the eyelid tend to be more painful whereas external styes are less painful and ooze…
IGE test
IgE test – Immunoglobulin E IgE or immunoglobulin E test is a test that measures the level of IgE in the blood and…
Chromium Picolinate: An essential mineral supplement for faster weight loss Did you know that about 1.6 million deaths were directly linked to diabetes globally? How is it linked…
BRAT Diet: What is the right way to follow this diarrhea-relieving diet? BRAT diet, a simple diet consisting of just bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast, can help you combat the…
HELICOBACTER_PYLORI---IgG
Helicobacter Pylori – IgG Test Helicobacter pylori IgG test is a blood, saliva, and urine test performed to determine if the patien is…
Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
rubella IgG test
Rubella IgG Test The rubella IgG test is a blood test that checks for the rubella virus IgG antibodies present in…
Bloodtestalbumin
Albumin Test Albumin test or blood serum test is a liver function test that measures the amount of the protein…
Juice Plus: Can you really replace actual fruits with pills?  Juice Plus supplements intend to fill nutritional gaps present in our daily diet. But how successful have they…
GGt test
GGT – Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test GGT or gammaglutamyl transferase test is a liver function test that is used to detect the extent of…
Silicon Dioxide: How can a component of sand be essential to your wellbeing? Silicon is one of the most abundant elements in the nature. Find out how silicon dioxide can prove…
lipoprotein A
Lipoprotein (A) Test Lipoprotein (A) test is used to measure and monitor the levels of LDL(Low-Density Lipoprotein) in the bloodstream in…
CLA: A breakthrough weight loss supplement with minimal side effects Tried every weight loss supplement in the market with no substantial gain? Why not try CLA supplements, derived…
lipid-profile
Lipid Profile Lipid profile is a blood test that provides complete information on how much cholesterol is present in the…
maltodextrin sugar
Maltodextrin: What are the hidden health benefits of this food additive? Maltodextrin is one of the few food additives that has been relatively deemed safe. Many experts now have…
hlab27 test
HLA-B27 test The HLA-B27 is a blood test that is used to determine the level of a particular protein called…
RHEUMATOID_FACTOR_(RF)
Rheumatoid Factor (RF) Rheumatoid factor or RF is a blood test used to diagnose painful joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis…
Jackfruit: Slice your way into higher immunity, better digestion, & more… Native to the South East Asia, the jackfruit is a fruit brimming with thousands of health benefits. Discover…
POSTPRANDIAL-BLOOD-SUGAR
Post-Prandial Blood Sugar Postprandial blood sugar test is an important diabetes diagnosing tool. This simple blood test measure the level of…
Milk Thistle skin
Milk Thistle: Find possible cures for fatal diseases in these purple blooms Milk thistle is well-known for treating liver conditions. However, did you know that it comes with a plethora…
EMA antibodies
Endomysial Antibodies (EMA) Test EMA test is an investigative blood examination to locate the presence of certain antibodies, called Endomysial antibodies or…
Free T3 test
Free Triiodothyronine (FT3) Test The free triiodothyronine or FT3 test is an important blood test that is used to detect the level…
TPAB test
Treponema Pallidum Antibody(TPAB) test Treponema pallidum bacteria a gram-negative bacteria that has helically coiled, corkscrew-shaped cells, responsible for STDs such as syphilis.
beta 2 glycoprotein 1 IgG
Beta 2 Glycoprotein 1 IgG Beta 2 glycoprotein 1 antibody test involves detecting and measuring the presence of the IgG class of beta…
CBC blood test
CBC (Hemogram 6-part diff) blood test CBC (Hemogram 6-part diff) blood test refers to the test that measures the number of RBCs, WBCs, etc…
serum electrolyte test
Serum Electrolyte If there is an electrolyte imbalance in the body, a serum electrolyte test will help to find out…
hidden benefits walking
9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
carrageenan seaweed
Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple seaweed extract that…
Chlorella: Therapeutic powers of the billion-year-old algae now within your reach Chlorella - A billion year old nutrient-rich algae that can potentially ward off cancers and high cholesterol; the…
random blood sugar test
Random Blood Sugar Test The random blood sugar or RBS test is a blood test prescribed mainly to check the level of…
Moringa drink
Moringa: This could be the most nutrient-dense food known to us! Moringa is a lush green tree brimming with over 90 essential nutrients required for a healthy mind and…
Eustachian Tube : Functions and top home remedies to prevent its infection Pressure equalization, mucus drainage and protecting the middle ear from bacteria and viruses are the three important functions…
Bubble Tea: Bubbling with nutrition or a hidden sugar mine? The tapioca pearls present in the tea looks like bubbles and hence the name bubble tea became popular.…
Pregnant-lady-happy-couple-1
Egg freezing: Questions every woman has before preserving her eggs Know how egg freezing is done, benefits, success rate, timelines, risks, side effects. Click to read the details…
shakeology woman
Meal replacement or protein drink? Learn all about Shakeology and its claims Shakeology from Beachbody claims to be the most suitable shake that can aid in weight loss, regulate blood…
Cystoscopy Cystoscopy is intended to look at the abnormalities in the ureters, bladder, and urethra, to assist surgeries performed…
Helicobacter pylori IGA
Helicobacter Pylori – IgA Test The H.pylori IgA test is a blood test used to identify the level of IgA antigen in the…
green poop causes
Green poop : What are the reasons and how can you correct it Ever sneak a peek down the toilet only to shockingly find green poop? Why does our poop turn…
GM Diet: The fastest way to lose weight or yet another hoax diet? General Motors started this trend of extreme dieting for 7 straight days to ensure its employees were able…
How accurate is the hair follicle drug test? Hair follicle drug test is one of the best ways to identify drug use in professional circles. But…
bilirubin-test-result
Bilirubin Test Bilirubin is a substance produced in the body as a result of red blood cell breakdown. A bilirubin…
Hydroquinone: Is it the best topical treatment for hyperpigmentation? Darkening of the skin due to high melanin levels is called hyperpigmentation.  Hydroquinone interferes with melanin production thus treating…
Poop chart: Top things you didn’t you your poop could reveal about you Bristol poop chart was designed during the 1990s in order to help doctors identify various types of poops…
Crossfit with rope
CrossFit: Now get the perfectly sculpted body with this explosive gym routine CrossFit is a fitness regimen that makes use of high-intensity exercises in a shorter period to achieve muscle…
Garlic health benefits cloves
Garlic: Nature’s white pill as an effective home remedy What are the secrets hidden in these tiny white pills? Find out the immense health benefits of using…
Horny Goat Weed: Can it improve libido in human beings too? This plant got its name as Horny Goat Weed when one of the goats feeding on the plant…
Epley maneuver: Why is this the best protection from the symptoms of vertigo? Epley maneuver is an exercise that can treat the symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).  It was…
SIBO Diet: The important dos and don’ts of this gut-healing diet A SIBO diet is a diet that works by eliminating certain sugars from your diet and adding fibers…
DHEAS test
DHEA Sulfate (DHEAS) Test DHEAS or DHEA Sulfate test is prescribed if an individual shows symptoms of abnormal adrenal actvity such as…
about mediterranean diet
Why you should be adopting a Mediterranean style of diet today Ever wondered why the Mediterranean diet is so healthy? One simple solution to lowering risk of several deadliest…
autoimmune diseases facts
Autoimmune Diseases: Find out if your body is attacking you right now Did you know your body can harm itself? What are autoimmune diseases and why does it harm some…
Pumpkin Seeds: Why pumpkins are more than just for pies! Pumpkins have been long associated with Halloween carvings and delicious pies. But did you know that pumpkin seeds…
ashwagandha brain
Ashwagandha: The best-kept secret of Ayurveda now revealed! Ashwagandha literally means "smell of horse". Don't get bogged down by that one tiny detail because this ayurveduic…
Carb Cycling: Weighing the pros vs the cons of this diet routine Completely discarding carbs from your life will do you more harm than good. Read more about carb cycling,…
Balneotherapy jacuzzi
5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
hidden causes obesity
8 hidden causes of obesity you probably didn’t know! Did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese? Are you too a…
lifestyle diseases
The Big 5 lifestyle diseases: How your everyday living might be killing you You'd be shocked to know how unhealthy and potentially fatal your everyday routine could be. Has the modern…
antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic Resistance: How common diseases become deadly Can a cold kill you? How important is to get a flu shot? Why do antibiotics fail against…
Creatine: Is this the right peak athletic-performance supplement for you? Creatine is the amino acid that boosts our energy. Did you know creatine supplements can help you reach…
How seitan proved to be a blessing in disguise for vegans worldwide Can only meat-eaters enjoy delicious juicy steaks and burgers? With seitan, the best meat substitute available today,even vegans…
Hibiscus: Nourish your beauty and health with these vibrant blooms Hibiscus is a trumpet shaped flower found abundantly in tropical countries. It has been historically used for its…
glucose-tolerance
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test – GTT Glucose tolerance test (or Oral GTT) is used to detect the onset of diabetes or prediabetes conditions. It…
blood elements analysis
Blood Element Analysis Test A blood element analysis is a blood test performed to measure the level of toxic elements such as…
myelogram
Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
Colloidal silver benefits
Colloidal silver: An essential dietary supplement or yet another pharmaceutical hoax? Colloidal silver is hailed as an effective home remedy for infections. Many believe it can treat HIV and…
Tart Cherry: The healthiest excuse for taking that second serving of pie Tart cherry has been traditionally used in delectable desserts such as pies. Recent studies have revealed that its…
thyroglobulin test
Thyroglobulin (TG) Test Thyroglobulin test helps in measuring and monitoring the concentration of thyroglobulin. The thyroglobulin test can be used as…
cardiolipin antibody igm
Cardiolipin Antibody (ACL) –IgM Test The types of cardiolipin antibodies are the IgG, IgA and IgM types and this particular test measures the…
Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the world by the…
fitness routine fun
10 fantastic ways to make your fitness routine more fun! Are you too bored to exercise? Do you avoid gym cause it's too monotonous? Looking for fun and…
cold flu sinus treatment
How to beat the common cold, flu, and sinus infection instantly? Can you guess some of the easiest tricks to treat cold and sinus infections? How are these different…
improve digestion weight loss
Power up your gut: 8 proven steps on how to improve your digestion Did you know you have a colony of bacteria in your gut that help you in digesting food?…
nutritional yeast bread
Nutritional Yeast : How can a fungi culture be good for your body? Nutritional yeast: How a simple culture of fungi can transform your skin, digestion, immunity , and much more.…
Cayenne: The remarkable benefits of these red hot chili peppers These may make you rush for a glass of water, but cayenne pepper is actually a healthy additive…
Piaget stages: Do they accurately describe the way the human brain develops?  A common assumption was that children are less competent thinkers as compared to adults, but this was refuted…
Oxalates: How healthy greens can sometimes be bad news for your kidneys Oxalates are compounds present in a majority of healthy foods. However, at times an overconsumption of these could…
Urologist: When should you visit one and why? A urologist can treat not only genitourinary problems of both men and women but also can treat various…
How to scrub away stress and fatigue with an Epsom salt bath? Epsom salt is a popular home remedy for many skin ailments. Though there is a lack of scientific…
reflexology massage
Top reasons why you should go for a reflexology massage today Reflexology involves the application of pressure to your feet and hands to encourage self-healing. Could this be beneficial…
Chest X-Ray A chest x-ray is a diagnostic test that uses x-rays to visualize the structures inside your chest. It…
BoneMarrow-Biopsy
Bone Marrow Biopsy Bone marrow biopsy is a diagnostic procedure where a small amount of bone marrow is extracted from hip…
shiitake mushrooms healthy
What are Shiitake Mushrooms and why should you eat them? Shiitake Mushrooms are well known for their smoky and robust taste. However, did you know they are replete…
occupational hazards types
Occupational Hazards: How to vouch for your health at your workplace Occupational hazards affect millions worldwide. Chemical spills, faulty wires, deadly pathogen, and work-stress can happen anytime. Follow these…
Fluoride: An indispensible mineral or a potential toxin ? Fluoride, the main ingredient of toothpaste, has shown a great potential as a cleanser. However, how much fluoride…
edamame
Edamame: How healthy are these green baby beans? Edamame or "immature" soybeans are soft and easily digestable forms of soybeans that are great as an eveyday…
Ezekiel Bread: How to make the “world’s healthiest bread” in your own kitchen Learn more about Ezekiel bread - a bread belonging to the biblical time and containing the secrets to…
Trisodium Phosphate: How a paint thinner made its way into your breakfast Ever thought how toxic chemicals find their way into our foods? How can they harm our body? And…
Water Fasting: What are the pros and cons of this practice? Fasting is defined as a procedure that involves the restriction of food intake. This practice has been widely…
Barium-enema
Barium Enema Barium enema is also known as colon x-ray. Here, the patient is asked to consume small amount of…
Anti-CCP Test – Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Anti-ccp or ACCP test is a blood test that is primarily employed to diagnose the onset of rheumatoid…
cancer facts
8 hard-hitting truths no one tells you about cancer Did you know that 1.5 million new cases of cancer are reported every year? Can second-hand smoking kill…
dance health benefits
5 unbelievable effects of dance on your overall health! You enjoy dancing, but did you know what else it does to your body? Dancing is not only…
kefir bottle
Kefir: Top reasons why this probiotic drink should be consumed by you Yet another remarkable fermented food, kefir is a much healthier version of yogurt. These chewy white grains can…
Vitamin B12: The unknown repercussions of this nutrient deficiency Vitamin B12 is also known as cobalamine; involved in the development of red blood cells in the bone marrow.…
Bromelain: 11 reasons why you should start adding pineapple to your pizza! If you didn't love pineapples already, here are some of the top health benefits that bromelain can bring…
Anhedonia: Does the chronic inability to feel joy affect you too? How often do you feel dragged down by an invisible force? Do you feel an inexplicable emotional numbness…
dandelion weight loss
Caralluma Fimbriata: How to eat this cactus to lose weight Caralluma fimbriata is a miracle cactus that can be safely consumed by most for losing weight and boosting…
Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
Tattoo Aftercare: The best practices to follow once you get inked Planning getting permanently inked? Make sure you follow these critical tattoo aftercare techniques to avoid infectious agents attacking…
Erythritol: A healthy sugar substitute or yet another marketing ploy? Erythritol is a popular choice of a healthy alternative sweetening agent in foods. But how healthy can a…
Vagus nerve: 7 health benefits of stimulating the “gut-brain” connection As a matter of fact, there are two vagus nerves namely the left and the right but is…
Top reasons why you need to pay attention to your vitamin B6 intake Vitamin B6- An essential water-soluble vitamin. Its deficiency leads to physical changes such as sores & glossy tongue…
Inhale oxygen, exhale worries: The top breathing exercises and how to perform them Performing the breathing exercise is like becoming mindful of how you breathe.  Here is a list of breathing…
diabetes symptoms in women
FBS Test – Fasting Blood Sugar FBS or fasting blood sugar test is a blood test that is used to determine the level of…
ketoacidosis diabetes
HB1Ac Test HB1Ac test is an important blood test that is used to measure the levels of glycated hemoglobin in…
ANTI-MICROSOMAL-ANTIBODY-(AMA)
Anti-Microsomal Antibody AMA Test AMA or anti-microsomal antibody test is a blood test that measures the activity of AMA in the body…
beta hcg test
Beta hCG Test A Beta hCG test measures the level of human gonadotropin hormones present in the blood that is primarliy…
liver detox facts
7 liver detox facts and why ignoring these could kill you! Are you taking care of this organ that handles over 500 different vital functions in your body? Your…
yoga health benefits
How to practice yoga for astounding health benefits Can a 5000-year-old system be the ultimate body healer? Did you know yoga can make you smarter and…
acne removal tips
Anatomy of acne: 7 instant steps to kiss those zits goodbye Blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples-call them what you may. Acne is never good news.Did you know some of the…
Panera bread steak arugula
Panera Bread: The truth behind this “healthy” restaurant chain What to order and what to avoid when dining at Panera Bread ? Know more about this popular…
oral hygiene tips
6 shocking consequences of bad oral hygiene (and how to avoid them) Did you know bad breath is not just turning off, but also harms your body in ways you…