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5 steps for preventing kidney stones
- By: Daniel Pendick,
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Hi out there, it is refreshing to read what the thoughts are in other countries, here, in Denmark, my doctor would not know what to answer me if I asked him about a special diet to prevent kidney stone (i am on my second time now :-(), it´s like: Oh..some people are just prone to stones – we do not know why. What! I am shocked and disappointed about the lack of debate on danish websides, and other media, at the hospital I met 5 or more people who had suffered from kidney stone (not patients, but hospital personal!)Imagine if I had made a little survey in my hometown (80 000 people)! I need to start my own blog on the topic.
I had the very painful experience of stones and have since learnt first hand that a healthy diet and plenty of fluid is so important in aiding prevention. Simple stuff really, but you would be surprised how many people don’t follow this simple advice!
Thanks for the post! really better safe than sorry
With healthy food and pleanty of water it can be prevented its very painful. Although a very good article expecting more ..Cheers 🙂
Drinking green tea also may help prevent painful kidney stones. A new study shows compounds in green tea extract make it more difficult for certain kidney stones to form. The results showed that as the amount of green tea extract applied increased, the calcium oxalate crystals became flatter and flatter. I had already included wu-yi tea in my diet.
My father had kidney stones in 1992 and it took several years in India to get this cured. We were not aware of such preventive measures to be taken, else it would have helped… good article… madhavi…
Like avoiding stone forming food, you can also add stone flattening or dissolving food to your diet. Taking apple cider vinegar can help you with this. Cranberry juice also contains polyphenolic compounds that can dissolve kidney stones and flush them out of the body through the urine.
Additionally I would like in this article about preventing kidney stones.
The most common types of kidney stones are calcium and oxalate. Each type may require a different eating plan. There are certain foods you can have, and other foods you should avoid, to reduce the chance that you will get kidney stones again.
If you had kidney stones before, you are more likely to get them again. But by following the eating plan your doctor or dietitian suggests, you may prevent new kidney stones.
Drink plenty of water. The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough fluids, especially water.
Nice article. very interesting, thanks for sharing.
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Very confusing to me. Got my first stone about 3 years ago. Had 3 since. A nurse warned my high vit d supplement (5,000 iu daily) contributed to them.
My nephrologist ran tests and put me on Vit c tabs, 500 mg 2x/day, saying my urine lacked acid.
Since then no more stones, and no more UTIs either.
I don’t eat a lot of chocolate but beets and spinach are regulars in my diet and my dr knows.
You should take magnesium, ask your doctor for it
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