5 Keys to Removing the Risk of Kidney Stone

shalanisingh By shalanisingh, 8th May 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In this article, we are discussing different ways to remove the risk of kidney stones.

What is Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones, are masses made of crystals that form inside your kidneys..Kidney stones come in many different forms. The bigger the size of the stone, the enormous would be the pain. Kidney stone pain is the worst possible pain one could ever experience. Calcium oxalate crystals are the most common kidney stones that account for 80% whereas uric acid crystals affect 5-10%.  
Avoiding kidney stones is not that complicated as it looks like. Simple dietary and lifestyle changes can help you reduce the risk of getting kidney stones. The pain can be unbearable and the kidney stone treatment will depend on the size of the stones.

Preventing kidney stones simply means preventing the settings and conditions that support their formation. Here are 5 keys to removing the risk of kidney stone.

1. Increase Your Liquid Intake:

You should drink ample liquids to pass at least 1.5-2 liters of urine per day. Water is the best option you have, but you can also consider lemon juice, basil water, etc. But avoid packaged juices and carbonated drinks as they consist of artificial sweeteners that can regulate kidney stones in the future. Lemon juice, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, etc are citrus beverages that can block stone formation.

2. Limit Animal Protein:

Consuming high quantities of animal protein like poultry, red meat, seafood,eggs, etc increases the levels of uric acid in the body that could lead to the formation of kidney stones. It is mandatory to consume a balanced diet. A protein rich diet will reduce the levels of citrate in the urine. Citrate plays a crucial role in preventing the formation of stones in the kidneys. Limiting your daily meat-intake is also beneficial for your entire health.    

3. Get The Calcium You Need:

A calcium-rich diet is necessary not only for stone prevention but also for the smooth mechanism of your body. When your body gets calcium deficit, it can cause the oxalate levels to increase at a higher rate. So it is necessary for you to take calcium appropriate to your age daily. That is, an adult male should consume around 800-1000 milligrams of calcium daily. The doctors also suggest consuming 800-1000 international units of Vitamin D in order to help the body optimize the calcium. The quantity may vary as per prescribed your doctor and your age.

4. Avoid Stone Triggering Food Items:

If you want to avoid having kidney stones in the first place, then you should know what the kidney stone-triggering food items are. Typically, any food rich in oxalate and phosphate is stone-forming foods. There are mainly three types of kidney stones – calcium stones, oxalate stones, and uric stones. Hence, you have to either avoid foods containing all these or limit the consumption. Even if you start forming stones, you can easily dissolve them if you consume plenty of liquid. Foods like chocolates, beets, rhubarb, nuts, etc should be consumed in a limited fashion.

5. Reduce Sodium:

A sodium-rich diet can trigger the formation of kidney stones as it increases the levels of calcium in the urine. The doctors suggest 2300 milligrams of daily sodium intake is sufficient. However, if you have experienced kidney stones in the past, then you should reduce the sodium intake to 1300-1500 milligrams daily. Even if you can’t control the calcium and oxalate intake, you should definitely focus on limiting the sodium in your diet. High sodium amounts can lead to the formation of larger stones quickly and the kidney stone treatment may include surgery.  


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Medical Science Graduate. Food, health and fitness blogger by profession. Canine lover, Endorphin junkie, Travel freak and Impulse driven. I like to write on topics related to food, health & fitness.

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