Kratom grows naturally in different regions in South East Asia where this product has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. The medicinal and therapeutic properties of kratom, it became popular in many countries in the West. Kratom is slowly entering the mainstream market in those countries.
There are three kratom varieties which are the red vein, green vein, and white vein. The variations depend on where the kratom was originated, and there are also subtypes. Kratom has many benefits like treating opiate withdrawal, lessening depression symptoms, relieving pain, sedating and relaxing effects, euphoria and boosting energy.
People who are using opioid prescription painkillers can be prone to kidney and liver damage because those kinds of drugs can have negative impacts on those organs. Since kratom can be used as an analgesic, it can be used as an alternative for opioid painkillers. However, many individuals are wondering if kratom can also damage their kidneys just like prescription drugs.
What are the functions and main issues of the kidneys?
People have a pair of kidneys. This internal organ is in your body’s upper abdominal area on the back side. They function as a filter and can remove toxins through excreting them through urine.
There are a lot of conditions that are related to the kidneys like renal failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), polycystic kidney disease, nephrotic syndrome, kidney infections, and kidney stones.
What are kidney stones?
The crystalline deposits of minerals that are formed in your ureter or your kidney are called kidney stones. They vary in sizes; when you have large kidney stones, it might block the urine from flowing. As a result, you will feel pain, and you can have a kidney infection.
Kidney stones can have different causes. Here are three of the primary factors that can heighten your risk in getting kidney stones:
- The volume of urine decreased, or elements that prevent an individual from having kidney stones are lacking
- High content of substances that can form into kidney stones like calcium, oxalate, and uric acid
Can kratom cause kidney stones?
Based on anecdotal evidence, kratom does not harm the kidneys of healthy individuals. However, it is not a scientific study. Scientific research has not yet been done about the impact of using kratom among humans because all the tests so far were made on animals.
But you need to bear in mind that there is evidence that says that kratom is a diuretic. As a diuretic, it means that kratom can increase your urination. It can be harmful for kratom users who are using kratom on a regular basis because it can make them lose a lot of fluid and cause dehydration.
Here are the reasons why dehydration can be a huge problem:
Dehydration is associated with kidney stones
If you use kratom regularly and do not drink lots of water, there is a high possibility that you will develop kidney stones. This is a result of not being able to flush the substances that may cause kidney stones from your ureter, bladder, urinary tract, and kidney.
Dehydration could harm your kidneys’ effectiveness
Your kidneys function as a filter for toxins in your body and flush them out from your body in liquid form or urine. For your kidneys to work correctly, you need to drink enough fluids.
Dehydration can result in kratom constipation
When you are dehydrated, your intestine will be forced to absorb more water from your intestinal tract’s contents. When this event happens together with the slower movement in your intestines, it may cause kratom constipation.
How to prevent kratom from damaging your kidney?
Fortunately, there are several ways to that you can avoid kidney damage from using kratom.
Limit kratom usage
Avoid using kratom on a daily basis so your body can recover from dehydration that was caused by kratom’s diuretic effects.
Drink lots of water
It is advised that you drink at least eight glasses of water every day. However, if you are using kratom, it is best to drink more than eight glasses.
Follow a healthy diet
You should eat foods that have a high content of sodium, potassium, and protein to keep your kidneys healthy.
Kratom and kidney diseases relate to one another. Make sure that you use kratom in moderation to avoid kidney damage.