10 Simple Things You Can Do To Avoid Kidney Stones

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10 Simple Things You Can Do To Avoid Kidney Stones

10 Simple Things You Can Do To Avoid Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are like uninvited guests. They creep up in your life without any warning, and you can’t get rid of them quickly or painlessly. And the worst part? If you get kidney stones once, there are chances that you might get them again.

So what can you do to avoid them? With guests, you can still pretend that you’re not home. But with kidney stones, you’ll have to take a few extra steps to ensure that they don’t come in your life. We’ve curated a list of measures you can take to prevent kidney stones.

How to prevent kidney stones


  1. Satisfy your thirst
  2. Reduce salt intake
  3. Maintain a healthy body weight
  4. Calcium and oxalate
  5. Reduce alcohol intake
  6. Avoid excessive caffeine
  7. Avoid sugary drinks
  8. Consuming enough calcium
  9. Increase citric acid
  10. Eating less animal-based proteins

1. Satisfy your thirst


Be it due to exercise or the hot weather, if you sweat too much, your body loses a lot of water. Not only that, it leads to a loss in urine production. And a reduced amount of urine means that your kidneys aren’t flushing out a lot of toxins.

This allows the buildup of stones and stone-creating elements in your kidneys. So what can you do to prevent it? Simply replenish the amount of water lost through sweating. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest and best ways of preventing kidney stones formation.

Drinking water whenever you’re thirsty can help you to replenish your body’s water stores. Apart from that, you can keep a reminder using an app that reminds you to drink water every 30-60 minutes. You can also carry a water bottle wherever you go, hence avoiding dehydration.

2. Reduce salt intake


If the content of salt is high in your urine, then it prevents the calcium from being absorbed. This will leave calcium residue in a high amount.

What happens then? You guessed it: Kidney stones formation.

Here’s the way out: Eating less amount of sodium will limit the amount of calcium in your urine. This will, in turn, prevent kidney stones formation.

You should read food labels with care to avoid intaking high amounts of sodium. The best way, however, would be to eat homemade food since you can control the amount of salt that will go in it.

3. Maintain a healthy body weight


Overweight and obese individuals have higher chances of getting kidney stones. The reason is simple: the extra kilos put extra pressure on the kidneys. To avoid kidney stones, it’s better to maintain a healthy body weight.

Even when trying to lose weight, you need to be careful about which method you are using to shed the extra kilos. It is important that you lose the weight safely. Crash diets, high-protein diets, etc are all dangerous and can cause kidney stones.

4. Calcium and oxalate


Kidney stones are formed of a variety of compounds. However, a large number of them are found to contain calcium oxalate.

Hearing this fact, people make up their own assumptions (as usual). They think that by avoiding food high in oxalate, they’ll be able to prevent kidney stones. However, calcium oxalate stones form only when the oxalate binds to the calcium in our kidneys while the urine is being produced.

So what’s the way out of this?

By eating balancing oxalate rich foods with calcium in your meals. This will help the calcium and the oxalate to bind to each other in the stomach itself. It’ll make the formation of kidney stones less likely.

In fact, there are certain foods that you should eat and others that you should avoid if you are suffering from kidney stones. Are you interested in knowing more about them? We’ve written a blog article on the topic that you can read here.

5. Reduce alcohol intake


Alcohol increases the output of liquid while preventing the absorption of it at the same time. This leads to dehydration, which is the most basic thing to avoid when you are trying to prevent kidney stones.

6. Avoid excessive caffeine


Caffeine, just like alcohol, is harmful for our bodies. It speeds up the metabolism, and indirectly causes dehydration. The daily limit for caffeine intake is 400 milligrams, which equals to about 4 cups of coffee.

However, you need to remember that caffeine is not present in just coffee but also in certain other foods and carbonated drinks. Limiting the consumption or cutting these foods from your diet completely is very beneficial for your body.

7. Avoid sugary drinks


Sugary drinks are known to be linked with kidney stones formation. Especially the ones that contain high-fructose corn syrup. It’s best to avoid these since they can also cause other problems such as obesity and diabetes while harming your organs.

8. Consuming enough calcium


Just because the most common kidney stone-causing compound is calcium-oxalate, people blame calcium for their kidney stones. That’s not true! Foods high in calcium are not the culprit, so don’t forget to include them in your diet.

9. Increase citric acid


People with low citric acid levels are often diagnosed with kidney stones. Doctors are not sure if this is a direct cause of kidney stones but they believe that it may be a related cause.

Hence, consuming more foods which have a higher content of citric acid is a good idea. Some examples are lime or lemon, mango, melon and orange juices.

10. Eating less animal-based proteins


Highly acidic urine can cause a lot of problems in regards to kidney stones. It can lead to the formation of new kidney stones and also be problematic when passing the existing stones.

Animal-based protein contains a lot of acid and hence they should be either avoided or limited.

Conclusion


The trick to avoiding kidney stones lies in a balance. For those of you who haven’t had kidney stones, trigger foods won’t cause the stones unless consumed out of proportion.

If you’re already suffering from kidney stones, homeopathy is an effective remedy for the same. We’ve written a blog post on this topic that explains how homeopathy helps in curing kidney stones.

Do you have any questions regarding kidney stones or homeopathy? Feel free to contact us with your queries and doubts!
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