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Foods To Avoid To Prevent Kidney Stone Disease

Kidney stones are small, hard deposits that form in the kidneys. They develop when there is a decrease in urine or an increase in certain substances, such as minerals and salts. Changes in diet can help prevent them. In some cases, a kidney stone diet may be enough to prevent stones from occurring and giving you kidney stone pain. While it is not complicated, it may take some dedication. If you have ever had a kidney stone before, I am sure you remember the pain. According to the National Kidney Foundation 1 in 10 people will develop kidney stones in their lifetime. For most people, kidney stones are not a one-time occurrence and another will appear within seven years without preventive measures.

In this article, you’ll learn about how to avoid kidney stones by making use of a healthy diet plan.

Foods To Stay Away From

Lower your animal protein intake: Many sources of protein, such as red meat, pork, chicken, poultry, fish, and eggs, increase the amount of uric acid you produce. Eating large amounts of protein also reduces a chemical in urine called citrate. Citrate’s job is to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Alternatives to animal protein include quinoa, tofu (bean curd), hummus, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt. Since protein is important for overall health, discuss how much you should eat daily with your doctor.

Limit Oxalate-rich Foods: Oxalate is a natural compound found in food that binds with calcium in the urine and can lead to kidney stones forming. By limiting these types of foods, you can help prevent kidney stones from forming. Foods to reduce or stay away from that are high in oxalates include Chocolate, coffee, spinach, sweet potatoes, rhubarb, and peanuts.

Limit the Amount of Salt (sodium) you Eat: Limit packaged foods, ready-to-eat foods, fast foods, and restaurant meals are often high in sodium. Choose foods with 15%DV or less for sodium when reading food labels. Ask for lower sodium options when eating out. Replace added salt used at the table or in cooking with herbs, spices, seasonings, lemon or lime zest/juice, garlic, ginger, or pepper.

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