When they move through the urinary tract, kidney stones—hard mineral deposits that develop in the kidneys—can cause pain and discomfort. While genetics and underlying medical issues are just a few of the numerous potential causes of kidney stones, nutrition has a big impact on how they form.
The following common foods, according to Medicalnewstoday, might cause kidney stones to form:
1. Oxalate-rich foods
Since oxalate can combine with calcium in the urine to create crystals, eating foods high in oxalate can raise your chance of developing kidney stones. Spinach, rhubarb, beets, almonds, and chocolate are a few examples of foods high in oxalate.
2. Sodium-rich foods.
The production of kidney stones may be facilitated by high sodium intake by increasing the quantity of calcium excreted in the urine. Fast food, deli meats, canned soups and vegetables, processed foods, and foods with high sodium content are common examples.
3. Animal protein.
Meals heavy in animal protein, such meat, poultry, and fish, can raise the level of uric acid in the urine, which can help kidney stones form.
4. Sugar-sweetened beverages.
Kidney stones have been associated with a higher risk while drinking sugary beverages like soda, fruit juices, and energy drinks.
Due to its natural diuretic properties, caffeine may cause more pee to be generated. As a result, the body may get dehydrated and have a larger concentration of minerals in the kidney, which can result in kidney stones.
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