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The link between diet and developing kidney stones

By on July 20, 2013 in Diet, Dieting, Diseases, Health, Health with 0 Comments

 

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Healthy diet is emphasized due to a reason. That reason is to keep you away from the awful affects of different diseases that are particularly influenced by what you eat. You must’ve heard much about kidney stones, right? But do you know that apart from the fluid intake, your diet has a lot to do with formation of it? Well, this article may help you combat kidney stones making some dietary changes in your life.

Types of Kidney Stones:

Before going into detail about the dietary recommendations, let me first very quickly mention the types of kidney stones. These include the following:

Calcium stones: The prevalence of calcium stones is pretty high and they may be of calcium oxalate and calcium phosphate type.

Uric acid stones: Persistently high pH of urine results in uric acid stones.

Struvite stones: These are precisely formed when in state of infection.

Cystine stones: These are formed due to a rare metabolic disorder in which cystine, an amino acid, leaves the kidney and into the urine. High concentration of cystine results in cyctine stones.

How dietary changes can help:

Relying on the type of kidney stone a person is suffering from, they need to make changes in their animal protein, their calcium and their oxalate intake.

Ideal fluid intake should be 2 to 3 liters per day.

Because calcium stones are common, patients with this type of stones should:

  • Minimize their sodium intake, intake of fish, egg and meat
  • Consume sufficient calcium in diet or through supplements
  • Avoid spinach, wheat bran, nuts and other oxalate-rich food

Patients with uric acid stones should keep a check on their protein intake.

 

 

 

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