We know it to be true that for our bodies to run on their optimal state and be in the best condition possible, we need to have a healthy and balanced diet. Of course, this isn’t new information. What may be surprising to you, though, is that not only is a healthy diet ideal for keeping you from contracting diseases but it also reduces your risks of health problems like developing kidney stones.

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There are different types of kidney stones with each one varying in risks, although there is no definite, single cause for them. They form when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances than the fluid can dilute such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid. Knowing the different types of kidney stones will give clues on how to reduce your risks of getting more. Types of kidney stones include:

1. Calcium stones

Calcium stones are the leading type of kidney stones, often in the form of calcium oxalate. Oxalate is a naturally occurring substance found in many foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, grains, and legumes. Moderating intake of these foods may be beneficial for people who form calcium oxalate stones, but it isn’t ideal to cut them out completely. Why may you ask?

Well, high oxalate foods contain many health benefits that your body needs. New research suggests it’s better to eat and drink calcium AND oxalate-rich foods together during a meal than limiting oxalate entirely. This is because oxalate and calcium are more likely to bind to one another in the stomach and intestines before the kidney begins processing, making it less likely that kidney stones will form.

2. Other Types of Kidney Stones

  • Struvite stone: these form in response to an infection, such as a urinary tract infection. They can grow quite large and cause urinary obstruction. Treating an underlying infection can prevent the development of struvite stones.
  • Cystine stone: these are quite rare as they tend to develop in both men and women who have a genetic disorder called cystinuria. They occur when cysteine (an acid that occurs naturally in the body) leaks from the kidneys into the urine.
  • Uric acid stone: these are common in people with gout or are going through chemotherapy. They develop when urine is too acidic, which can be caused by a diet rich in purines. Purine is a colorless substance in animal proteins, such as fish, shellfish, and meats.

It’s important to note that treatment for kidney stones vary, depending on the type of stone and the cause of it. Talk to your doctor about for more information.

As for prevention, there are a number of lifestyle changes that you can make starting with your nutrient consumption. Namely, there are several natural ways to prevent and potentially treat kidney stones. The following remedies cater more specifically to calcium oxalate stones, which make up about 70% of all cases.

1. Hydration

Drinking enough water is one of the best measures you can take to avoid developing kidney stones. It helps keep your urine less concentrated, thus reducing the risks of stone formation.

The Natural Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends women to consume a total of 2.7 liters of water from foods and beverages per day. As for men, the total water consumption should be 3.7 liters. If you live in a hot, dry climate or you exercise frequently, you may need to drink more water to produce enough urine.

2. Nigella Sativa Seeds

Commonly known as a black seed, nigella sativa seeds are well-known in many Asian, Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern Countries for treating headaches, coughs, abdominal pain, diarrhea, asthma, rheumatism and other diseases.

Furthermore, a 2006 study done on rats who were induced with calcium oxalate stones found that an extract of Nigella sativa appeared to take effect in the reduction of kidney stones. Although this was not done on humans, it seems to be a promising study. 

3. Magnesium

This mineral helps lower risk of kidney stones because magnesium binds oxalate in the digestive tract and inhibits the formation of calcium oxalate crystals in urine. In fact, a study in over 45,000 US male health professionals found that those in the highest one-fifth of magnesium intake had a 29% lower risk of developing kidney stones.

Check this article for the top 26 magnesium goods on the planet.

4. Vitamin B6

One study examined 85, 557 women to test the association between the intakes of vitamins B6 and kidney stone formation. What they found was that large doses of vitamin B6, which potentially decreases oxalate production, may reduce the risk of kidney stone in women.

Therefore, it’s helpful to incorporate foods into your diet rich in vitamin B6 to prevent the development of kidney stones. Foods with vitamin B6 are turkey breast, tuna, avocado, sunflower seeds, and pistachios.

Can My Eating Habits Cause Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are solid masses that can develop anywhere along your urinary tract, which has been linked to a poor diet. One particular “diet” that’s affecting millions of people is what’s called the Standard American Diet (SAD). It consists of foods that most Americans are accustomed to eating such as red meat, processed foods, high-fat dairy, refined grains, sugary foods, and sodas, with very little intake of fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, and the like. It’s certainly a problematic lifestyle that needs fixing. Check out this article for full details on why this diet is killing Americans.

Conclusion

Kidney stones not only vary in type but they also differ in size, causation, and treatment. As general lifestyle practice, eat more of the foods we mentioned in this article to prevent the development of kidney stones.  They’re known to be one of the most painful medical conditions so it’s important to take early measures from having to suffer from them. Share this article with your family and friends to pass on the information.

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Kuwait Announces Eid Holiday

Kuwait The cabinet on Monday announced that Eid Al-Adha holiday would be Sunday, Aug 19 to Thursday, Aug 23, government bodies will resume work on Sunday, Aug 26

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 The Eid Al Adha holiday will begin on August 19 and end on August 23, Kuwait's cabinet announced on Monday.

The council noted that the work in ministries and government institutes will suspend work during the entire period.

The Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry has recalled its ambassador from Canada and given the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country. Riyadh is also freezing all new trade and investment deals with Canada.

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The decision was reported by Saudi Arabia's official Saudi Press Agency. It is understood to be in response to Canada's statement of concern over the arrests of human rights activists in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement issued by the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry, Riyadh dismissed as "totally false" allegations by the Canadian authorities that recent arrests of several civil society activists were unwarranted.

It said the arrests were made by "the competent authorities" and detainees were provided with all rights guaranteed during investigative and trial stages. The ministry denounced Canada’s stance as “explicit interference in the internal affairs” of the kingdom, which runs “contrary to the most basic international norms and charters that govern relations between countries.”

Besides putting on hold “all new trade and investment transactions with Canada,” the ministry said that the ultra-conservative kingdom, which has drawn stark criticism from human rights groups for its crackdown on dissent, “retains the right to take further action.”

On Friday, Canada called on Riyadh to “immediately release” civil and human rights activists recently arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities, including Samar Badawi, an internationally recognized human rights defender. Badawi and another high-profile Saudi women's rights activist, Nassima al-Sadah, were arrested in the kingdom last week, sparking international outcry.

In 2012, Badawi received an international Women of Courage award in a ceremony in Washington from former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-First Lady Michelle Obama.

The UN has also voiced concern over the widening clampdown on opposition in Saudi Arabia, with its human rights office (OHCHR) calling the spate of arrests since spring “apparently arbitrary detentions.” Since May 15, at least 15 critics of the Saudi government have been detained, the office noted on Tuesday.

 
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Saudi Arabia halted new trade and investment dealings with Canada and suspended diplomatic ties in a dramatic escalation of a dispute over the kingdom’s arrest of a women’s rights activist.

The kingdom recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and ordered the Canadian envoy to Riyadh to leave within 24 hours, according to a foreign ministry statement cited by the Saudi Press Agency. Canada is “seeking greater clarity” about the matter, a spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said.

The Saudi foreign ministry cited remarks last week by Freeland and the Canadian embassy in Riyadh, criticizing Saudi Arabia’s arrests of women’s rights activists including Samar Badawi. She is a Canadian citizen whose brother Raif Badawi, a blogger who was critical of the Saudi government, was already in jail in the kingdom.

“The kingdom views the Canadian position as an affront to the kingdom that requires a sharp response to prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty,” according to the statement.

UAE : The Sharjah Municipality has launched a crackdown on car washers who pollute the environment while cleaning vehicles of residents - mostly holidaying abroad.

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It has been found that the watchmen of buildings and some other workers - who are free in the evening - wash cars of vacationing residents and also of those travelling outside the country for long periods, said a municipality official. He added that these car washers do the job for a handsome amount that adds to their income. 

The residents and car cleaners are ignoring the regulation which bans washing of a car in residential areas. "This violation affects the environment as the dirty water breeds diseases and fouls the area. It also sullies the aesthetic look of the city and makes the place messy," he said.

Saeed Bu Rahaima, director of inspection operations at the Sharjah Municipality, said the civic body is continuing its inspection campaign targeting illegal car washers and tracking abandoned cars left by their owners on public streets. The drive will continue throughout the summer as part of the municipality's keenness to prevent distortions of the city's beautiful view and to monitor all negative phenomena in the emirate.

During the summer, many people travel out and their vehicles parked around their buildings or on sandy areas are cleaned and washed by hired watchmen or other workers to avoid confiscation. However, this is a blatant breach of law. "Vehicle owners travelling abroad must park their cars in the private parking lots, which are authorised to maintain the cleanliness of the vehicle until the arrival of its owner."

He said that car owners who pay illegal car washers to get their vehicles washed on public streets or residential areas will be fined Dh250, while the illegal car washers - including the watchmen of the building - will be fined Dh500.

The official explained that apart from being an illegal practice which mars the beauty of the country and gives a negative impression to visitors and tourists, it is also regarded as a threat to the legal and sophisticated car wash stations. The petrol station offers the car wash manual and automatic facilities and recycles wastewater in a professional and environment-friendly way and maintains the cleanliness and hygiene of the city, he added.

He said most of the car cleaners roaming around from one parking area to another while offering their services to motorists apparently are absconders. However, the problem is expected to be fixed when the authorities concerned launch their intensified inspection campaign after the expiry of the amnesty period.  

 
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Police again fire tear gas at students as government cuts internet access amid escalating demonstrations.

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Violent clashes have continued in Bangladesh's capital as authorities fired tear gas at students and shut down mobile internet connections after a week of youth protests over road safety following the death of two teenagers who were mowed down by a speeding bus.

Thousands of students from various schools and colleges on Sunday started controlling traffic in Dhaka, for the eighth consecutive day.

Bangladeshi police fired tear gas at students occupying an intersection in central Dhaka.

"It was a peaceful rally but suddenly police fired tear gas shells aimed at us [that] left several injured," Mohammad Atikur Rahman, one of the protesters, told dpa news agency.

A number of journalists were also beaten and had their cameras taken away, reportedly by ruling Awami League party members.

Footage showed alleged pro-government students beating up a journalist with The Associated Press.

 
Dozens of protesters were attacked by people alleged to be ruling party activists, some armed with machetes, in Dhaka's Dhanmondi neighbourhood.

"The pro-government students attacked," Hasan, a young protester, said.

"Then we broke the locks of a building and around 50 boys and girls took shelter there. And now the journalists helped us to leave the place. The police fired tear gas and used batons. The pro-government students also attacked and roughed up the girls," he added.

Al Jazeera's Tanvir Chowdhury, reporting from Dhaka, said "there were clashes in different parts of the city", during which students were injured.

He added that the journalists' community raised "major concerns" following the beating of several of its members over the past two days.

"This will be a major concern for covering any event in coming days," he said.

Telecommunications companies were ordered to suspend 3G and 4G services for a period of 24 hours on late Saturday, the English-language Dhaka Tribune reported. Jahirul Haq, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, told AFP news agency regulators received an order from the government, but did not give further details.

Social activist arrested

The restrictions were rolled out after thousands of students took to the streets in recent days to protest against poor road safety following the killing of Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib by the speeding bus a week ago.

Demonstrators stopped motorists in Dhaka and in other parts of the country to check licenses and registrations, causing significant traffic disruptions.

Shahidul Alam, a renowned photographer and social activist, told Al Jazeera from Dhaka the protests were driven by "larger" factors than road safety alone.

He highlighted "the looting of the banks, the gaggling of the media, the extrajudicial killings, disappearings, bribery and corruption".  

"Today the police specifically asked for help from armed goons to combat unarmed students demanding safe roads," said Alam.

"The government has miscalculated. It thought that fear and repression would be enough but you cannot tame an entire nation in this manner."

Following the interview with Al Jazeera, Alam was detained by police in Dhaka, local media reported.

Government warning

On Sunday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on students to return home after police reportedly fired tear gas at a crowd gathered in front of the Awami League's office in Dhaka's Jigatala neighbourhood.

She warned that a "third party" could sabotage the protests and put the safety of demonstrators at risk.

"That's why I request all guardians and parents to keep their children at home. Whatever they have done is enough," the prime minister said from her office.

"Our police force has started a week-long drive to bring discipline on the roads." 

A day earlier, witnesses reported seeing police fire rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators gathered in Jigatala. Police denied the allegations.

The Awami League also refuted accusations that its members attacked protesters.

More than 4,200 people were killed in road accidents throughout Bangladesh last year, a 25 percent increase from 2016, according to private research group the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh's Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan issued a stern warning to anyone considered to have crossed the line.

"Law enforcers are showing patience. It does not mean that they will keep crossing the limit and we will sit idle and watch. We will go for tough action if the limit is crossed," he said.

Al Jazeera's Chowdhury said what started as a social movement against traffic safety was now "taking more and more of a political dimension".

The United Nations said it was worried for the safety of the children and young people caught up in the protests.

"We are deeply concerned about the reports of violence and call on all for calm," the UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo said.

"The concerns expressed by youth about road safety are legitimate and a solution is needed for a mega city like Dhaka," she said in a statement.

 

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

Dubai Police is investigating the case of a Filipina who bled to her death last week.

 Angel Pauya Trasadas would have turned 34 on August 25. But she died on July 29 after bleeding profusely while working as a part-time maid in one of the flats in the China Cluster in International City, her friends told  reported Gulf News.

Police said investigation is still under way and declined to give more details.

A close friend and roommate of Trasadas, who requested anonymity, said Trasadas had told her that she was pregnant. But because it was a pregnancy out of wedlock, she decided not to continue with her pregnancy.

However, there was no confirmation from the police about circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.

“She was scared. She had overstayed and had no visa since 2016. I advised her numerous times not to terminate her pregnancy and to wait for the amnesty that would begin just days away on August 1.

'Angel is gone'

"But she said she has no way of supporting her kids and the baby growing in her womb if she comes back to the Philippines,” Trasadas’ close friend told reported Gulf News.

“I was stunned when our roommate called me to say that Angel is gone. She is believed to have taken a drug to abort the baby but she bled out. She was more than a friend. She was like a sister to me.”

Trasadas left behind two kids, aged 11 and 8.

Orphaned at a young age, with her mother’s passing when she was three, Trasadas was cared for by her aunt in General Santos.

After finishing high school, she worked in a factory and started a family.

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Trasadas’ friend added that she was a victim of domestic violence

She was forced to flee from her knife-wielding partner who threatened to kill her for not providing for the family. She had just given birth to her second child then.

“She slept in the streets with her daughter and newborn son. It was then that she decided to work abroad. She worked as a maid for two years in Al Ain.

"After that, she kept changing jobs as a cleaner and a maid after her employers cheated her and did not honour the contract,” the friend said.

Her cousin, Peter Pauya, said her death came as a shock.

“We have been trying to locate her since she lost contact with our mom in 2013. We found out about her death on social media. We have no information as to the real cause of her death. Please help us,” Pauya told Gulf News in an interview from the Philippines.

 Pauya said her family had been in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

“We request authorities to please release her body as soon as possible so we could lay her to rest. Her kids also want to see her.”

Philippine Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes assured the family that Trasadas’ remains will be repatriated to her hometown once police investigations are completed.

“We still await the complete police investigation. The police won’t release the remains until all investigations are done and over with. The consulate cannot and will not interfere with police investigations.

"Only when the police says the investigation is finished can shipment procedures commence. The consulate will assist in the shipment of the remains all the way to their home province as is the standard policy.”

 

Source: gulfnews

Indonesian security forces and emergency workers raced Monday to aid victims of a powerful earthquake on Lombok that killed at least 91 people, as strong aftershocks sparked terror on the holiday island that suffered another deadly quake just a week ago.

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Rescuers searched for survivors in the rubble of houses, mosques and schools that were among the thousands of buildings destroyed in the disaster that struck on Sunday evening.

"The search and rescue team is still scouring the scene and evacuating (people)," national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"We estimate the number of victims will rise."

The quake triggered a tsunami warning, which was later cancelled, and was also felt on the neighbouring island of Bali, one of Southeast Asia's leading destinations, where tourists ran onto the streets as the tremor struck.

The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sent thousands of Lombok residents and tourists scrambling outdoors, where many spent the night as strong aftershocks including one of 5.3-magnitude continued to rattle the island.
The quake knocked out power in many areas, and parts of Lombok remained without electricity on Monday.

Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims were treated outside damaged hospitals in the main city Mataram and other hard-hit parts of the island.

Patients lay on beds under makeshift wards sent up in tents, surrounded by drip stands and monitors, as doctors in blue scrubs attended to them.

Earthquake in Indonesia: The number of victims is expected to rise as rescuers search for survivors under the rubble. (AFP)

"Many injured people are being treated outside of hospitals and health clinics because the buildings were damaged," Nugroho said.

Most of the victims were in the mountainous north and east of the island, away from the main tourist spots and coastal districts in the south and west.

Najmul Akhyar, the head of North Lombok district, estimated that 80 percent of that region was damaged by the quake.
"We need heavy equipment because some mosques have collapsed and we suspect some worshippers are still trapped inside," he told Metro TV.

It was the second quake in a week to hit Lombok, whose beaches and hiking trails draw holidaymakers from around the world.

That 6.4-magnitude quake left 17 people dead, damaged hundreds of buildings and triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.

In the latest quake, facilities at Lombok's main airport were unaffected, although passengers were briefly evacuated from the main terminal.

Damage to Matahari shopping centre in Denpasar on the island of Bali in Indonesia.

Singapore's Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in Lombok for a security conference when the earthquake struck, described on Facebook how his hotel room on the 10th floor shook violently.

"Walls cracked, it was quite impossible to stand up," he said.

Bali's international airport suffered damage to its terminal but the runway was unaffected and operations had returned to normal, disaster agency officials said.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur.

In 2014, a devastating tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.3 undersea earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in western Indonesia killed 220,000 people in countries around the Indian Ocean, including 168,000 in Indonesia.

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MOI: Business, Tourist & Family Visit Visas: Visitors can stay in Kuwait for upto 30 days after their entry, No more extension for 3 months

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Interior Ministry's Assistant Undersecretary for Nationality & Passports Affairs Major General Sheikh Faisal Al-Nawaf has issued instructions to the directors-general and their assistants at all immigration departments in the six governorates of #Kuwait not to extend visit visas for all expats.