If you are prone to kidney stones, beware of traveling on bumpy roads, as well as nutrition
Put in the great heat with humidity that makes you sweat even if you are still. Add a pinch of laziness, which often leads us to "forget" to drink and introduce the fluids that the body would need. Mix everything with a pinch of not exactly "intelligent" nutrition and you will have the perfect cocktail formula that facilitates, especially in those who are predisposed, the formation of stones in the urinary tract and the consequent pain. There is an ingredient, however, that should not be forgotten: travel on steep terrain, perhaps even by off-road vehicle or in food, can add stimuli that in some way are able to worsen the situation in those who are subject to this problem.
A "professional" disease for those who love off-road vehicles
Those who frequently suffer from renal colic and therefore have a tendency to form stones within the organ that produces urine, should pay particular attention to jolts and trips that involve repeated stimuli on the back. At risk, therefore, long transfers in jeeps poorly equipped to absorb shocks, squads, karts and anything else that is affected by the roughness of the terrain. In short: if you go subject to kidney stones, watch out for off-road vehicles and tours on mixed snow-ice-dirt terrain.
If you often suffer from kidney stones, those small stones that form inside the organ and obstruct the passage of urine along the ureter (the tube where urine flows from the kidney to the bladder), try to minimize the jolts of the road. In fact, it has been proven that sudden changes, especially if the car is not perfectly sprung, can favor the appearance of colic, which is potentially very painful. In any case, don't think you are in a rare condition.
According to statistics, one in ten people have at least one episode of stones in their life and about thirty people out of every thousand are hospitalized every year following the real or presumed presence of the dreaded "stones". Not only another seventy out of a thousand are treated at home, perhaps calling their doctor or asking for help from the medical guard on holidays. With crises that can arise right on vacation, when you return from the safari in the tourist village or after a long transfer on rough mountain roads. The first signs of the presence of these "stones" are related to pains that resemble those of low back pain, and can therefore be attributed to a bad position in the car or to the uncomfortable seats. But then the pain tends to intensify and move forward, they become more recognizable. Especially if you already know you are at risk.
Attention at the table
On vacation it can happen more often to choose prepackaged foods, which are rich in salts. And maybe you consume few vegetables, fruits and foods rich in fiber, in favor of foods that are excessively rich in proteins, such as hamburgers and red meats. How to behave then? For those suffering from stones, the diet must first of all include a study of the basic component of the stones themselves to reduce the risk of new colic. The most common stones, found in nearly seven out of ten cases, are calcium oxalate. In this ranking then follow those containing calcium and uric acid, calcium phosphate and struvite: when this mineral is present as a constituent of the painful "pebbles", the diet appears less important, given that the genesis of the calculus appears mainly linked to repeated urinary infections .
In general terms, in any case, the diet must aim to reduce the excretion with the urine of the salts that lead to the formation of stones. So you have to drink a lot because this increases the dilution of salts that tend to accumulate and therefore reduce the risks. Among the most suitable waters are the oligo-minerals, with a low sodium and calcium content. It is also important to regularly eat foods that contain citric acid, which helps reduce the formation of stones. For example, lemon is rich in it.