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5 Lifestyle Choices And Foods You Are Eating Now That May Lead To Kidney Stones Later

Urine produced by the human kidney often contains waste products such as calcium, oxalate, and uric acid, and these waste products usually leave the body when a person urinates. However, when the body lacks enough liquid to dilute these waste products and make them less concentrated, they remain in the body, crystallizing to form kidney stones. Kidney stones are hard deposits of minerals and salt that develop or form in the urinary tract.

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Scientists believe that the underlying cause of kidney stones is the inability of the body to have access to enough liquid which will help flush out the crystal-forming substances that cause kidney stones. It is a condition that can affect anyone regardless of their age or gender, but the likelihood of developing it is more pronounced at age 30 or older, and the risk of developing it keeps increasing as a person gets older.

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Admittedly, while age plays a big role in the development of kidney stones in people, other factors can also play pivotal roles, including lifestyle choices, habits and the kind of things you consume. This means that once you can put a lid on some of these lifestyle factors that contribute to kidney stones, you can significantly reduce your risk or likelihood of developing the condition as you become older.

Below are five (5) habits and foods that contribute to kidney stones:

1. Carrying excess weight

Having a high body mass index (BMI), large waist size and weight gain are all known to contribute to kidney stones in people.

2. Salt and sugar

Eating foods that are high in salt and sugar content may not only lead to weight gain but may also increase the amount of calcium in your kidneys and may subsequently lead to kidney stones.

3. Eating animal proteins

The consumption of foods such as red meat, poultry, eggs, dairy and seafood should also be done in moderation as they are high in protein and can raise uric acid levels, which may lead to stone formation.

4. Not drinking enough water

Not drinking enough water daily is also known to increase the risk of kidney stones in people. Drinking enough fluid every day helps to prevent dehydration and kidney stones, especially in people who live in warm climates and who sweat a lot.

5. Oxalate-rich foods

Foods such as peanuts, spinach, beets, chocolate and sweet potatoes are rich in oxalate, a nutrient found in many fruits, vegetables and nuts. Excessive intake of foods listed above can cause the formation of crystals which would lead to kidney stones.

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