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Doctor insights on: How Much Cranberry Juice Drink To Prevent Kidney Stones

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Experienced my 2nd kidney stone yesterday. How can I prevent passing another? I'm 26 years old, and yesterday i passed a kidney stone. This was my second experience with a kidney stone, as i also passed one about 15-months ago. As anybody that has experie

Experienced my 2nd kidney stone yesterday. How can I prevent passing another? I'm 26 years old, and yesterday i passed a kidney stone. This was my second experience with a kidney stone, as i also passed one about 15-months ago. As anybody that has experie

Diet modification: You can have your urine analyzed for kidney stone risk factors. My usual recommendations are 1) increase plain water to at least 2 liters a day 2) decrease sodium intake 3) decrease animal protein intake 4) add a teaspoon of real lemon juice to diet daily. ...Read more

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Cranberry Juice (Definition)

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) has been used as both a food and a medicine for centuries. It is native to North America and was used by Native Americans to treat bladder and kidney diseases. Early settlers from England learned to use the berry both raw and cooked for many ailments, including appetite loss, stomach problems, blood disorders, and scurvy, caused by not getting enough vitamin C. Cranberry is best known for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs), commonly caused by bacteria known as Escherichia coli (E. coli). At first, scientists thought cranberry worked by making urine acidic enough to kill the bacteria. Now, studies show that cranberry actually prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. Strong scientific studies support using cranberry, either in capsules or as juice, for preventing -- though ...Read more


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Can cranberry juice irritate my gastritis I have kidney stones they told me to drink this to help with the stone?

Can cranberry juice irritate my gastritis I have kidney stones they told me to drink this to help with the stone?

Absolutely!: There may be many stomach irritants: citrus, tomato, peppermint, spices, chocolate, splenda, etc. You have a double-whammy because you need to acidify your urine (hopefully a recommendation based on analysis of a stone your submitted!). If this is the case, find other compounds that may help your kidney stone condition. If you haven't caught a stone for analysis, then don't just go on a whim! ...Read more

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I have kidney stones I haven't been able to pass them drinking lots of water and cranberry juice is there any other way to get rid of them?

I have kidney stones I haven't been able to pass them drinking lots of water and cranberry juice is there any other way to get rid of them?

Likely no: Is this an old problem ie. known in your medical history, or are you having acute flank pain/blood in your urine/ difficulty urinating / fevers right now? If the latter, go and see a urologist- you may need a lithotripsy (shock waves to break up stones in the kidney) or other procedure. ...Read more

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I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

I am prone to kidney stones, infections and bladder infections. To prevent these things how much pure cranberry juice should I drink a day?

Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice and tablets have been recommended for uti's. It may or may not help. It is not recommended for kidney stones. For those two conditions the important thing is to maintain hydration, increase your water intake to keep your urine clear color. How much you drink depends on your size and metabolism. Empty your bladder frequently specially after intercourse, avoid vaginal infections. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cranberry juice and vodka to act as safe numbing agent to fight the pain from kidney stones?

Is it possible for cranberry juice and vodka to act as safe numbing agent to fight the pain from kidney stones?

Vodka: The alcohol content of vodka may numb the pain of passing a kidney stone but there are better options. I don't think cranberry juice has been shown to decrease stone formation. ...Read more

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Does eating coconut oil or drinking coconut water prevent kidney stones?

Does eating coconut oil or drinking coconut water prevent kidney stones?

Not sure: I haven't come across any study that shows prevention of kidney stones with above. If you are having recurrent stones, will need to make sure that your serum calcium level is not high. Certain dietary changes can reduce kidney stones formation, including drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day at least, avoid sugary drinks and weight gain. Talk to your doctor regarding medication for kidney stones. ...Read more

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Should i be fine to drink green tea as part of a diet to prevent kidney stones?

Should i be fine to drink green tea as part of a diet to prevent kidney stones?

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 bit, 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

Dr. James Chapman
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

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