Kidney stones affect approximately 1 in 11 people in the United States. According to a new study by researchers at UCLA, this number has nearly doubled since 1994. But don’t worry! There are changes we can incorporate into our diet and lifestyle that may help us avoid kidney stones.
The most common type of kidney stone found in individuals, are calcium oxalate stones. Avoiding foods high in oxalates can help prevent these types of kidney stones. Oxalates are found in foods such as: peanuts, teas, instant coffee, rhubarb, beets, beans, berries, chocolate, concord grapes, dark leafy greens, oranges, tofu, sweet potatoes, and beer.
Avoiding a diet high in animal protein and replacing it with sesame seeds, cashews, nut butters and wild fish can also help aid in the prevention of kidney stones. Increasing water intake could also help. Some doctors recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily, but make sure to check with him or her beforehand.
Daily supplementation with certain vitamins, minerals and other nutritional supplements could also help. Studies have shown that magnesium may reduce the recurrence of kidney stones up to 90%, by increasing the solubility of calcium in the kidneys. Vitamin B6 is known to prevent the production of urinary oxalates, and thus can help prevent the formation of stones. High in EPA and DHA, fish oils can help keep the kidneys happy and healthy.
So although kidney stones are common in the US, there are many techniques and procedures that can help aid in the prevention of stone formation.
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