Diet for Kidney Stones

Kidneys are meant to remove excess mineral salts and other soluble wastes. Urine also is produced by it, which dissolves these minerals and excretes them through the urinary tract. When the mineral cannot be dissolved, kidney stones form in the kidney.  It is difficult to pass urine when one has kidney stones.  Kidney stones when they pass through the urine cause the pain.

Diet helps in managing these calcium kidney stones.  By regulating the diet one can prevent formation of kidney stones and manage the one’ss already formed. What kind of diet one should follow ?

Tips for Diet for Kidney Stones

  • Drink more fluids.  Fluids dilute the urine and thus prevent the formation of kidney stones. One should drink sufficient water to produce sufficient urine. In summer and for those physically active, adequate fluid intake is essential
  • Calcium intake should be regulated. Calcium that is not absorbed by the body systems passes through urine. Too much calcium in the urine is not good. One should take calcium-controlled diet. Too much of calcium is not good and neither too less of it
  • Regulating the intake of oxalic acid or oxalate. When calcium combines with oxalate in the intestines, it reduces calcium’ss ability to be absorbed.  Also when there is not sufficient calcium in the intestines, then oxalate or calcium oxalate stones form. Foods with high or moderate amounts of oxalate should be reduced or not taken at all. Oxalate is found mostly in plant foods. Rhubarb, spinach, strawberries chocolate, wheat bran, nuts, beets, and tea contain too much of oxalate
  • Too much of sodium, sugar and animal protein can lead to increase in calcium or calcium oxalate stones.  Packaged food with large amounts of added sugars should be avoided. By reducing sodium in one’ss diet, one is also reducing the amount of calcium being excreted in the urine. One should keep a check on one’ss sodium intake. A diet high in animal protein can affect certain minerals in the urine, which cause kidney stone formation. Those who have kidney stones should avoid taking too much protein
  • Insoluble fiber, found in wheat, rye, barley, helps to reduce calcium in the urine.  It combines with calcium in the intestines and causes the excretion of calcium through the stools rather than the kidney.  It speeds up the movement of substances through the intestines and as a result of which there would less time for calcium to be absorbed
  • Oxalate when used by body produces oxalate.  Therefore, in case doctor has recommended that oxalate should be reduced then taking Vitamin C supplements is not advisable

If suffering from kidney stones, one should regulate one’ss diet.  By taking proper diet one can prevent the formation of kidney stones. The physician can help you out in what you should take and not take.