This Shall Pass~ Kidney Stones
Kidney Stones and Diet
Kidney Stones have you ever experienced them? Passing a stone has been described as having the most excruciating pain ever. People have said that they would rather have a limb cut off then pass another stone. Think about it for a minute… just envision passing a golf ball through a straw..this may be a slight exaggerations but you can feel the pain now can’t you?
What is a kidney stone? ” A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in a kidney when there are high levels of certain substances in the urine. These substances are normally found in the urine and do not cause problems at lower levels. A stone may stay in the kidney or travel down the urinary tract. Kidney stones vary in size. A small stone may pass on its own, causing little or no pain. A larger stone may get stuck along the urinary tract. A stone that gets stuck can block the flow of urine, causing severe pain or bleeding.” (National Kidney and Urological Diseases).
Many people who experience kidney stones may have them again, mainly because they do not follow the right diet, exercise, or take their medications. Approximately 10 percent of the population have experience these. Males are more prone to get stones then female. It is more likely that you will have a stone if you have a family member that has had a kidney stone.
So how can you reduce the risk of getting a stone or maybe prevent a recurrence?
Although you may do everything right, you still may be the one to have a kidney stone or have a recurrence of them. There are a few things that you can do to decrease the risk.
1. Drink at least 12 cups of fluids/day (1 cup = 8 oz). Water is preferred. Limit the amount of tea and coffee. Choose non carbonated drinks. Limit soda to only 12 oz per day.
2. Limit the salt in your diet to no more then 2,000 mg per day.
3. Get enough calcium in your diet. Calcium rich foods include: yogurt and milk, cheese, calcium rich orange juice. Eat 3 -4 servings of calcium rich foods per day.
4. Limit foods high in oxalate. Oxalate has been found in many kidney stones. Foods high in oxalate – Beans – dried (black, chili, white, navy, soy, pinto, baked), Beans (string, wax), Beets, Blackberries, Celery, Chocolate, Dark leafy greens, dried apricots or prunes, Grits, polenta, cream of wheat, Nuts, Okra, Citrus peel, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Soy products, Sweet potato, White potatoes, Strawberries, Wheat germ and bran. Eat smaller portions of these food and avoid eating several of these on the same day.
5. Limit meat and other animal protein in your diet.
6. Eat high fiber diet. Fiber helps to decrease the oxalate in your urine.
7. Avoid purine-rich foods, such as anchovies, herring, mackerel, sardines, shellfish, and yeast.
If you have had kidney stones it may be beneficial to talk to a dietitian as they can help you with a diet that may help reduce the incidence of another stone. They also can help you lose weight as obesity can increase your risk of a stone.
Sources: Kidney Stones, 18 home remedies for Kidney Stones