How likely are you to form a stone?

Kidney stones are a growing problem, affecting 1 in 10 people in the UK. To make matters worse, this number has jumped up to 140% compared to the statistics from the ‘90s. The increase is mostly caused by our lifestyle - low water intake, diet high in salt and protein, amongst other things.

People who experienced a kidney stone getting stuck as it travels down the urinary tract, compare the pain to childbirth.

It is unbearable.

And the worst part of it is, once you recover from it, you know that you have an 80% chance of experiencing it again in the next decade.

 

Kidney stones can cause colic. This is an urgent state and if it doesn’t resolve within 24h it may require surgery.

How do kidney stones affect you?

Stones formed in kidneys often get dislocated and move down the urinary tract, getting stuck along the way. When that happens, they block the urine from passing and cause these symptoms:

  • An incredible amount of pain felt in the back, in the belly or on the side of the body
  • Pain while urinating
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain can be so strong it causes vomiting
  • Urgency to urinate and low urine volume
  • Changes in urine (it may appear cloudy or smelly)

Introducing: Lit-control

Meet Maria.

Maria Gude is from Hammersmith. She has been battling kidney stones since 2016. Maria dealt with 5 surgeries in 3 years, unbelievable amount of pain and consecutive UTIs.

Until she started using Lit-Control:

I had my first problem with kidney stones in 2016 – the pain was unbelievable, I thought I was going to die. But that was just the start.

In between each operation, I’ve had urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by the stones. I’ve needed to take antibiotics almost every month. Honestly, my health was so bad and I had to take so much time off work that I was starting to feel hopeless.

It all changed after I started taking Lit-Control in September 2019. Since then I have had no problems. I haven’t had a UTI nearly six months – that’s a record for me.

I feel better now than I have done in years so I would highly recommend Lit-Control.

Maria

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Why choose Lit-Control?

Lit-Control is tailored to your specific type of stone, assuring maximum efficiency with no side effects.

The three main factors that cause lithiasis or kidney stone formation are:

  • urine pH
  • substances that promote crystalisation
  • oxidative stress

When one or more of these factors are out of balance, the crystalising molecules in your urine build up. These molecules start colliding and forming crystals. Small crystals keep growing and joining together, forming larger and larger crystals. If they don’t get passed through urine, they can reach the size of half an inch, or more. Once they become this big, they cause tremendous pain and often need to be surgically removed.

Lit-Control works by controlling the three main lithiasis factors:

  1. Increases/decreases the pH value of your urine, keeping it in the optimal range;
  2. Brings in crystalisation inhibitors which prevent crystals from growing;
  3. Protects the urinary tract tissue with antioxidants.
  • Bianca, Spain
    Thanks to this product, I have not had kidney stones in recent years. It is a miracle and I would recommend it to everyone who has episodes of lithiasis!
    Bianca, Spain
  • Yohanna, Spain
    I have been taking it for two months. My surgeon recommended it to me. They operated on me 3 times at 38 years of age and since I have been taking Lit-Control I have not suffered more colics or swelling. As for the urine, it is very clear to me that I urinate more frequently and I feel better at the moment. The stones were taken from me due to lithotripsy, but it seems that no more stones are being formed.
    Yohanna, Spain
  • Jennifer Lee, Portugal
    Lit-Control really lowers the pH of the urine. It solved the problem of repeated urine infections. The urologist prescribed this product and he was right. I had the problem for 8 months and after three days of taking Lit-Control, it improved dramatically.
    Jennifer Lee, Portugal

Formulated to work for your kidneys.

Lit-Control range includes 3 products, tailored to different types of kidney stones. Your urology specialist or GP will advise on which product of the three you should be using:

How to use Lit-Control

  Take one pill of Lit-Control in the morning and one at night, with a glass of water.

  The recommended dosage is 2 capsules per day. This can be increased up to 6 capsules per day if your doctor assesses that you may need a higher dose. Do not increase the recommended dose on your own accord.

  At a standard dose, one box will last 30 days.

  Lit-Control has no known interactions with medications.

  Lit-Control has no known side-effects.

FAQ

Can kidney stones be removed without having surgery?
The majority of stones pass by themselves within a few weeks. Therefore, if the stone is:

  • Too big and it cannot pass on its own,
  • Blocking the flow of urine,
  • Or is causing repeating UTIs,
It will most likely require operation. However, just because a stone is small enough to pass on its own, it doesn’t mean it won’t cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Therefore, it is advised to try and speed up the passing by drinking a lot of fluids, using pain medication as needed and use Lit-Control.
How can I pass a stone quickly?
Drink plenty of water, up to 3 litres a day, to help flush the stone out. You may decide to use some over-the-counter pain killers to help you control the level of pain, and your doctor may prescribe you some ureter muscle relaxants (alpha-blockers). If the pain becomes very strong, do not hesitate to go to the A&E.
What is the kidney stone diet?
The so called “kidney stone diet” relies on 5 principles:

1. Drink plenty of water (up to 3l a day).
2. Limit intake of salt and meat. Replace meat with plant based protein (beans, peas, lentils).
3. Limit intake of foods high in oxalates (tea, chocolate, spinach, beets, sweet potatoes, peanuts).
4. Eat enough calcium (you will find it in milk and dairy produce, beans and broccoli).

Before altering your diet significantly, always consult a dietitian and your urologist, as your diet recommendations will differ depending on the type of stone you have.
Which foods cause kidney stones?
Foods that can promote stone formation include foods high in salt (fast food, packaged meals, cured meat) and animal protein (eggs, fish, pork and beef). If you have calcium-oxalate stones, you may also wish to limit intake of spinach, nuts, tea and chocolate.
Why have I got kidney stones?
There are three kinds of imbalance in your body that lead to stones:

❶ When your urine is too acidic (low pH) or too alkaline (high pH), it creates an environment that’s ideal for stones to develop.
❷ Substances in your body either promote or inhibit the formation of crystals in your urine. If there are too many promoters, crystals can form. These crystals are the start of a kidney stone.
❸ Another factor is called oxidative stress. This is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body.
Are all kidney stones the same?
No. There are several types of stones, and the kind you have developed will depend on lifestyle factors such as the amount of fluid you drink, what type of fluids, and how your body processes what you eat.

These factors will contribute to whether your urine is too acidic or too alkaline, whether you have too many specific types of crystallisation promoters, and too many free radicals. That’s why there are three different Lit-Control formulas.
How can Lit-Control help me?
It’s all about keeping the three main lithiasis factors in balance. Lit-Control can:

❶ Increase or decrease your urine pH.
❷ Balance the ratio of your crystallisation inhibitors and promoters.
❸ Reduce your oxidative stress by adding antioxidants.

The build-up of crystals in your urine is called supersaturation, which means there are too many of them floating around. Next, the crystals join together. Lit-Control can help to prevent this process by adding the right crystal inhibitor for the type of stone. If the crystals aren’t prevented from joining together or growing, they can become bigger, until they become stones and cause pain and/or infection.
Which Lit-Control product should I take?
It is crucial that you use the correct Lit-Control product for your type of stones. If you aren’t sure which type of stones you are prone to developing, your GP or hospital urology team can tell you.

Generally, the following recommendations are made:

Lit-Control pH Up: Especially good for Uric Acid and Cystine stones, because Theobromine and Citrate work together to increase urine pH and inhibit crystallisation. Clinically proven to be more effective than potassium citrate, and much easier to ingest. Also useful for some calcium stone patients. See your doctor for advice.

Lit-Control pH Down: Especially good for Infection-related stones; Phytate and L-Methionine work together to decrease urine pH and inhibit crystallisation.

Lit-Control pH Balance: Good for Calcium Oxalate stones, and for patients where the type of stone is not known because it can inhibit crystal formation without altering pH level.
What can I do to prevent stones?
There are several factors which raise your risk of getting kidney stones again. Some, such as diet, you can control. Others, such as family history, not so much.

One important thing you can to do help prevent stones is to drink plenty of fluids. This helps to keep your urine clear, and prevent waste products from becoming too concentrated and forming stones.

The NHS advises that you should drink up to 3 litres of fluids throughout the day, every day. Water is best, but tea and coffee also count. You should avoid fizzy drinks, but you can add fresh lemon juice to your water.

You may benefit from avoiding certain foods, but you should consult your doctor because the dietary advice depends on the type of stone. Generally, avoiding too much salt is a good idea– for instance in processed foods such as ready meals, lunch meats, canned soups and vegetables, and salty snacks including crisps and nuts. This will also be good for your blood pressure and heart.
What is the difference between pH Up, pH Down and pH Balance?
Your GP or the hospital urology team will advise you on which Lit-Control to use. Three Lit-Control products are formulated for different types of stones:

Lit-Control pH Up: Especially good for Uric Acid and Cystine stones. Also useful for some calcium stone patients.

Lit-Control pH Down: Especially good for Infection-related stones.

Lit-Control pH Balance: Good for Calcium Oxalate stones, and for patients where the type of stone is not known.
I am waiting for an appointment. Can I use Lit-Control without my doctor’s recommendation?
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How do I know how many capsules I should take?
Your GP or the hospital urology team will advise you on what your Lit-Control dose should be. Our general recommendation is to begin with one capsule in the morning and one in the evening, and then increase the dose to up to 6 capsules per day if necessary.
How do I know if I should take more capsules?
Do not take more Lit-Control than what was recommended to you. Your GP or the hospital urology team will advise you if they believe the dose should be altered.
Can I use Lit-Control with medicine or other supplements?
There has been no known interactions between Lit-Control and medicines.
Where can I buy Lit-Control?
Lit-Control can be purchased online, by emailing litcontrol@purpleorchidhealth.co.uk.
How quickly after taking Lit-Control will I see an improvement?
Depending on the type of stone, time needed to show visible improvement will vary. For instance, some patients with infection related stones notice the improvement within a few days after starting treatment; while other types of stones may take much longer.

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