What are Kidney Stone Inhibitors and How Do They Work?

1 in 10 people will pass a kidney stone at some point in their life. If you are unfortunate enough to be one of those people, you know first-hand the excruciating pain they cause. The worst part is, if you have had kidney stones once, there’s a 75% chance you will experience them again. That’s why our founder, Dr. Trotter, was determined to find a simple solution for his patients and friends who had been suffering from chronic stones for years. There are lots of pills and powders out there, but Dr. Trotter was strategic with his idea for KSPtabs. He wanted to develop a product that promoted hydration, had a good flavor, was all-natural, and convenient. Most importantly, they needed to provide the natural elements that most “stoners” lack. What are those elements, and how do they help reduce the risk of kidney stones? Let’s talk about it!

Oxalates

First, let’s discuss oxalates. Calcium oxalate stones are the most common type of kidney stones. High levels of oxalate and low urine levels cause crystals to form in your kidneys. As a result, these crystals stick together and begin to form stones. Oxalates are found everywhere in our diets, which makes it almost impossible to avoid them! They are highly present in leafy vegetables, peanuts, chocolate, strawberries. All the good stuff, right? You can find the full list of oxalate-rich foods here. You should not avoid these foods, but limit them and make sure you drink plenty of water when you do eat them. This way, it all gets flushed out of your kidneys before they have the chance to form crystals.

Citrate

If you are a “stoner”, there’s a good chance your body is not producing or storing enough citrate in your urine. Citrate is the #1 stone inhibitor. Citrate supports normal urinary pH and reduces calcium crystal saturation. Concentrated urine is usually the culprit of the formation of your kidney stones. Concentrated urine causes tiny crystals to form over time and become the bane of your existence: kidney stones. Citrate attaches to the calcium in your urine and flushes it out of your body.

Magnesium

Magnesium helps with anxiety, sleep, digestion, and bone health. Most importantly, it is another natural stone inhibitor. Magnesium binds to oxalate in the digestive tract, therefore inhibiting the formation of calcium oxalate in the urine. Although magnesium is in foods, most of these foods are high in oxalates as well. Supplementing magnesium into your diet throughout the day ensures your body is getting enough to fight off stones.

B6

B6 is another essential vitamin that aids to combat kidney stone formation. This vitamin works to decrease oxalate production, therefore keeping your urine less saturated with crystal-forming substances. It also supports brain function and reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

It’s important to know that before you begin to make changes to your lifestyle, you should consider two things. What kind of stones are you forming and what is causing your stones?  To understand the different types of stones we have an informative blog on this topic here!  As for the answer to the question of what is causing your stones to form, we suggest seeing your urologist and have them order a 24-hour urine collection test.  This test will tell you all you need to know about preventing kidney stones.  Is it too many oxalates? Not enough citrate? Low urine output? All of these play a role in how you decide to combat your stones. If you already have these answers and know what is causing your kidney stones, KSPtabs may be right for you! Check out our testimonials to see how KSPtabs has changed the lives of several of our customers!