Kidney Stones – How Do They Affect Your Fast?

With Ramadan just a week away, the time to fast is ‘fast’ approaching. While the fast has many spiritual benefits for the soul, it’s important to be sensible about the way you fast to enjoy the health benefits for your body safely.

With this in mind, have you ever considered what happens to your body when you don’t drink enough water between Iftar and Suhoor?

Fasting is well known to induce a high risk of kidney stones occurring in your digestive system because so many people don’t take the proper steps to ensure they’re fully hydrated during these fasting time, to take proper care of their bodies. The occurrence of kidney stone cases in patients typically increases during and immediately after the Ramadan season as a result.

The pain symptoms of a kidney stone manifests from the mid and lower back and slowly radiates to the front of the stomach. The pain often comes in waves or spasms, which can trigger a nauseous feeling that might even lead to vomiting and may be associated with nausea and vomiting.

That’s a good reason to ensure you’re well-hydrated by drinking enough water before you start the fast so that your body can cope throughout the day.

For those with a pre-existing kidney-stones condition, a visit to, or online consultation with, our nephrologist (kidney doctor) or a qualified urologist will prepare you with the right advice on fasting.

It’s important to take proper care of yourself if in case you are suffering from a kidney stone. In the case of severe pain, chills, or blood in the urine, then please visit a hospital immediately.

For more information about kidney stones or any other kidney-related health questions, feel free to call the Pyramids Dialysis Center on +971 3 762 7060 or visit


Top 10 Best Foods For Your Kidneys

Wondering what specific food to include in your grocery list to help maintain healthy kidneys? Reversing kidney damage is costly. Kidney failure can be fatal and will require frequent visits for dialysis treatment, which causes a lot of hassle in scheduling appointments and transportation arrangements. Other people may recover completely, while others might only get close to normal recovery. That’s why Pyramids Dialysis Center has put up a list of the best foods for you to keep your kidneys healthy.

1. Salmon


2. Egg Whites


3. Cauliflower


4. Berries


5. Parsley


6. Apples


7. Skinless Chicken


8. Cabbage


9. Bell Peppers


10. Lemon Water


Signs Your Kidneys Need to Visit a Doctor

Unchecked kidney problems can cause higher risks to your overall health and lead to permanent kidney damage.

People usually do not experience symptoms until they become very ill or develop high blood pressure, diabetes or worse a chronic kidney disease.

Early detection is crucial, so it’s vital to recognize the signs that something is not right with your kidneys.

Here are 10 signs your kidney is crying for help and that it’s time for you to visit a doctor – a Nephrologist:

1. Always Tired

One common sign is fatigue. Kidneys filter waste from your blood and move it out in your urine. A decrease in kidney function can lead to a buildup of toxins in your blood, which causes people to feel tired, weak and have trouble concentrating.

Other kidney diseases like anemia also cause weakness and fatigue.

2. Can’t Sleep

Studies show a link between sleep apnea and chronic disease. Sleep apnea is more common with those who have chronic kidney disease.

When your blood is full of toxins, this causes you to feel ill, stressed and uncomfortable at night.

3. Dry & Itchy Skin

Over time, if your kidneys are no longer functioning well, they will not balance the minerals and nutrients in your body. These nutrients help keep bones strong, heal wounds faster and skin looking radiant. Kidney failure can affect changes in sweat and oil glands, which causes dry skin.

4. Bad Breath

Toxins in your bloodstream like urea creates a foul odor. Urea is one of the primary components of urine. If kidneys can’t do their job well, they will not filter out all toxins which then affects your overall oral health.

5. Urinating More Often

Going to the toilet more often to urine especially at night can be a sign of kidney disease, urinary infection or enlarged prostate in men. Remember, kidneys make urine. So, when kidneys are failing this results in urinary bladder problems too.

6. Swollen Face, Ankles & Feet

Kidneys work together with other organs like the heart and liver. When body water, sodium content and other bodily fluids are reabsorbed by the kidneys and it can’t control the processes and actions it needs to do to serve the body, then fluids build up in your body leading to puffy hands, feet, ankles, legs and puffiness around your eyes.

7. Foamy Urine

If you notice bubbles in your urine or foamy like you see when scrambling eggs, this is usually protein leaking out into your urine. Which means, it is a signal of a major kidney problem. Urine can be a window into your overall health and you should consult a physician to take a closer look.

8. Low or Poor Appetite

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) usually experience poor appetite which could lead to malnutrition.

When you have kidney disease, you could feel nausea or vomiting or have an upset stomach. All these reasons to leave you NOT craving for food.

9. Blood in Your Urine

Healthy kidneys keep blood cells in the body when filtering toxins and wastes from the blood to create urine. If your kidneys have problems filtering, these blood cells can start to leak out into the urine. Blood in your urine also can be caused by kidney stones, tumors or an infection.

10. Shortness of Breath

Difficulty in breathing can be related to the kidneys.

Because extra fluid in the body can build up in the lungs and another reason is anemia, which can leave your body oxygen-starved and cause shortness of breath.


What is Hemodialysis and What are its benefits?

Other terms of Dialysis, are Hemodialysis or Kidney Dialysis, or Renal Dialysis.

Dialysis is the process of removing blood from a patient who has kidney disease, to purify the blood and return it to the patient’s bloodstream.

The artificial kidney or hemodialyzer is a machine that provides the means to remove toxins and other unwanted substances from the blood.


During end stage kidney disease the body no longer functions normally and cannot get rid of extra water and waste products, hence you will need to regularly visit your nearest Dialysis center to undergo dialysis treatment.

It is a major life change when you start dialysis as it must be done for the rest of your life. Only when you decide to get a kidney transplant, can dialysis stop.

One of the benefits of Hemodialysis is that it can be carried out in the comfort of the patient’s home. Undergoing Dialysis improves the quality of a patient’s overall health lifestyle.