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Herbal Tea For Kidney Stones
If I've had kidney stones in the past, is it safe for me drink almond milk or herbal teas such as green, oolong, our-eh!
Be careful: Almonds have oxalate; tea has oxalate; Calcium oxalate is most common stone; reasons include: dehydration; excess calcium in urine; excess oxalate in urine; low citrate in urine. Diet: avoid spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans; increase orange juice 8 oz twice daily; add ReaLemon extract: 5 tblspns per day; increase fluid 4 liters/day; so, minimize ...Read more
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
Evidence is scanty: The pop idea is that iced tea is loaded with oxalate the causes stones. Some foods (famously rhubarb) have very high levels & do seem linked with stones. I searched the nih database for the past two decades and found one uncontrolled study in an obscure eastern european journal, two finding green tea drinkers have fewer kidney stones & couldn't find the hyped 2012 "loyola" study. ...Read more
Drink fluids: Plenty, that includes coffee and tea besides medications if indicted. . ...Read more
I've seen tea listed as a drink to avoid as it might contribute to kidney stones. Does this include green tea?
Controvertial: Tea traditionally has shown to be high in oxalate that can cause kidney stones. Green tea's oxalate content is much lower. But the medical evidence has been conflicting with some recent studies actually suggesting a reduction in the stone risk from even non-green teas! Until the jury is out, stick to drinking water. No rx required and cheap! ...Read more
Living in the south, I hear all the time that drinking a lot of sweet tea increases your chance of developing kidney stones. Is this true?
Is it safe for a person with multiple bilateral kidney stones to consume green tea, chocolate flavoured drinks daily, and occasionally eat chocolates?
You may take the items you described. It is important you drink enough water daily so that your urine is nearly colorless.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Tea/Oxalates/stones: Tea is high in oxalic acid and could increase urinary excretion of oxalates resulting in ca++ oxalate stones. Hydration to achieve a urinary output > 2000ml/24 hours and avoiding salt/sodium may help to mitigate this situation and decrease crystallization/stone formation. Urinary acidifiers may also help. ...Read more
Can daily consumption of green tea (I mix it with black tea as well) increase chances of getting kidney stones? The tea is unsweetened.
Probably not: There's a "pop" claim that tea and cola predispose to kidney stones, but little scientific reason. The overriding key to prevention is to keep the urine dilute (always pale, never dark) by drinking plenty of fluids -- the cheapest is tap water, and perhaps tea-drinkers are actually just drinking less of that. ...Read more
Yes: Overall, because it contains antioxidants, green tea is a great addition to your diet. However, hydration is an important factor in keeping your kidneys healthy. Anything containing caffeine (like tea) may dehydrate you a little, so you will need to compensate with adding water to diet as well. If you need to jazz it up, try adding lemon or cucumber slices to water! ...Read more
Green tea and kidney stone risk? I have family history if kidney stones but I drink 32 oz green tea every day. Is this bad?
Reduces risk: Research suggests green tea reduces risk of kidney stones- see http://www.Webmd. Com/kidney-stones/news/20091120/green-tea-may-prevent-kidney-stones however, the caffeine in green tea can aggravate anxiety and raise BP so decaf green tea is a better choice for you- the theanine in it may reduce anxiety. Also, see http://chriskresser. Com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd. ...Read more
I drink a lot of chamomiles tea. Will drinking this increase my risk of getting kidney stones because it is rich in oxalate?
You can help your cause by drinking enough water every day so that your urine remains colorless.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Depends on the Type!: There are many types of stones & the cause of the stone depend on the type of stone. In women, struvite stones are caused by urinary tract infections. Calcium stones, the most common occur for a variety of reasons. Usually calcium combines with substances such as oxalate, found in foods such as spinach. Uric acid stones form in people with gout. Use a strainer to catch & determine the type to treat. ...Read more
Here are some ...: The fundamental underlying reason for kidney stone formation is kidney's inborn functional defects in handling the excretion of acidity, salt, and stone inhibiting factors. So, all the ideas for stone prevention is still gear up the effort to make urine so diluted below the threshold of forming stone crystals by maintaining daily urine output > 2500 cc and decreasing oral consumption of salt, ... ...Read more
Here are some ...: Considering the following — size, shape, density, and site of stones inside kidney; detailed anatomical structure of kidney; prior Hx of how to manage stones; technology & equipment availability of facility; professional proficiency, etc, can help decide how to treat individual stone properly, but all Rx still come along with a price — possible inherent side effects. So, ask Doc timely for detail. ...Read more
See a urologist: Stone is too big to pass sponaneousy & too large for shockwave lithotripsy (eswl). Urologic stone expert will likely advise percutaneos nephro-lithopaxyy (pcnl). This involves temporary placement of a percutaneous neprostomy tube, through which a nephroscope is passed & stone is proken up by laser or tithoclst. Performed under general anesthesia or sedation. Open surgery should be avoided. ...Read more
It Depends: The treatment of kidneys stones ts based on a number of factors including overall stone burden — size and number of stones, as well as location of stones, type of stone, and the individual anatomy. Treatment options include shock wave lithotripsy, ureteroscopy and laser lithotripsy, and percutanesous nephrolithotomy. Your urologist will determine the best approach for you. ...Read more
Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more