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I've seen tea listed as a drink to avoid as it might contribute to kidney stones. Does this include green tea?

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

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


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Is it safe for a person with multiple bilateral kidney stones to consume green tea, chocolate flavoured drinks daily, and occasionally eat chocolates?

Is it safe for a person with multiple bilateral kidney stones to consume green tea, chocolate flavoured drinks daily, and occasionally eat chocolates?

Plus water: 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

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I'm taking 400 mg green tea supplements. Will this cause me kidney stones?

I'm taking 400 mg green tea supplements. Will this cause me kidney stones?

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

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Can daily consumption of green tea (I mix it with black tea as well) increase chances of getting kidney stones? The tea is unsweetened.

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

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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

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Green tea and kidney stone risk? I have family history if kidney stones but I drink 32 oz green tea everyday. Is this bad?

Green tea and kidney stone risk? I have family history if kidney stones but I drink 32 oz green tea everyday. 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

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Is white tea good to fight kidney stones?

Is white tea good to fight kidney stones?

No: In general most tea contain oxalate, one of the most power stone forming compound found in our daily diet. ...Read more

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If I've had kidney stones in past, is it safe for me drink almond milk or herbal teas such as green, oolong, our-eh!

If I've had kidney stones in 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

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Can hot tea cause kidney stones?

Can hot tea cause kidney stones?

No it does not: Tea is usually all water which is good to prevent & doesn't cause kidney stones. ...Read more

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Can tea cause kidney stones?

Can tea cause kidney stones?

No it doesn't: Water in it good for stone prevention. ...Read more

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Can tea really give you kidney stones?

Can tea really give you kidney stones?

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

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Can I drink tea and eat ice cream? Or will I get a kidney stone?

Can I drink tea and eat ice cream? Or will I get a kidney stone?

Enjoy yourself: What you could do for yourself is stop reading "scare" internet pages. Most of your friends do both, and most do not have kidney stones. If you have some special concern, visit with your physician about this. ...Read more

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I drink a lot of chamomile tea. Will drinking this increase my risk of getting kidney stones because it is rich in oxalate?

I drink a lot of chamomile tea. Will drinking this increase my risk of getting kidney stones because it is rich in oxalate?

May be: 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

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Banana stem is good for kidney stones?

Banana stem is good for kidney stones?

Prescientific: There was a 1994 article from an obscure institution that makes no sense physiologically. The article's claim that this controls the excretion of oxalic acid and thus oxalate stones hasn't been reproduced so far as I can tell, but has grown into the preposterous tale that the juice dissolves kidney stones -- if this were true, urologists would use it on themselves. ...Read more

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Can drinking beer be good for kidney stones?

Can drinking beer be good for kidney stones?

Beer and stones: The water in beer is good but te alcohol has no benefit. It is better to drink plain water to prevent kidney stones. ...Read more

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Is heat good for kidney stones?

Is heat good for kidney stones?

No.: In summer, people can develop kidney stone if life style is sluggish.
We should have active life style, reduce sodium intake (salt intake), increase water consumption (dehydration concentrates the urine and increases mineralization). ...Read more

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Are there any good home remedies for kidney stones?

Are there any good home remedies for kidney stones?

Kidney stones: There are many different sizes, shapes and types of kidney stones. Hydration (ounces of water per day can be as much as half of your weight in pounds) For example if one weighs 150 lbs one should drink 75 ounces of liquid per day. Caffeinated beverages do not count. Each type of kidney stone should be analyzed and an individualized care plan from your doctor should be made. ...Read more

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What is the good diet for a human being who has kidney stones?

What is the good diet for a human being who has kidney stones?

KIDNEY STONES: For ca/ox stones look up a low oxalate high citrate diet but most importantly your urine output should be between 2 and 2.5 liters/day to prevent stones from growing or forming. There are some unusual stones that require a more specific diet for prevention. ...Read more

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Is skim milk good 4 kidney stone?

Is skim milk good 4 kidney stone?

NOT GOOD NOT BAD: It has no effect on kidney stone. To prevent recurrence of kidney stones you need to drink increased amount of water, and other fluids you can drink are coffee, lemonade, and occasional beer
avoid black tea in excess, grapefruit juice, apple juice. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent kidney stones?

Are there any good ways to prevent kidney stones?

Three General Rules: Stones form for two reasons: too much of something in the urine that promotes stone formation, or not enough of something that prevents them. 1. Hydration with 80-100 oz of water/day helps to reduce the risk, no matter the composition of the stone. 2. Limit sodium (salt) intake to 1400-1600 mg/day 3. Limit animal protein intake to < 10 oz/day, as uric acid (broken down from meat) promotes stones. ...Read more

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What good for nausea when you have kidney stones?

Many drugs: Many drugs have been developed to treat nausea. There are 5 targeted neurotransmitter receptors that a variety of drug classes target. If you were prescribed pain killers that contain an opioid, like percocet, vicodin or morphine; these drugs can cause nausea. A useful drug to combat the nausea associated with pain killer meds is benadryl (diphenhydramine). You can buy it over the counter. Likely, need to take 50mg. ...Read more

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Is ginger root good for nausea when you have kidney stones?

Is ginger root good for nausea when you have kidney stones?

Yes: Ginger is a wonderful herb with many medicinal properties including relief of nausea, morning sickness & motion sickness. It is even strong enough to relieve nausea caused by chemotherapy! it can be taken as tea, as crystallized ginger, or in capsules. See http://altmedicine. About. Com/od/ginger/a/ginger_nausea. Htm & www. Whfoods. Com/genpage. Php? Tname=foodspice&dbid=72. ...Read more

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Where is a good place in michigan to get rid of kidney stones?

Where is a good place in michigan to get rid of kidney stones?

Any urologist: All board certified urologists are qualified to treat kidney stones. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for immediate kidney stone pain relief?

What are good treatments for immediate kidney stone pain relief?

Drink beer: I have recommended this to my patients at times and they have gotten relief and seen earlier passage the the stone.
It initially increases the urine flow and may move the stone faster and clear it. But if you do not keep hydrating, you will get dehydrated and it is not useful for longer lasting renal colic. ...Read more

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Are collard greens in the same class as spinach, where kidney stone patients are not to eat them? Reason?

Are collard greens in the same class as spinach, where kidney stone patients are not to eat them? Reason?

Better than spinach: Collard greens have less oxalate content than spinach. Boiling, rather than steaming, helps reduce oxalate content in vegetables. Everything should be in moderation. Can discuss further in health tap consultation. ...Read more

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What's the good food to prevent kidney stones formation. And what food should I avoid if I have kidney stones.

What's the good food to prevent kidney stones formation. And what food should I avoid if I have kidney stones.

Diet isn't key: You can look around online and different urologists will tell you different things, but the key to preventing another stone is staying well-hydrated all the time -- be sure you never pass dark yellow urine. ...Read more

Kidney Stone (Definition)

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


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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. They can be extremely painful until they pass or are ...Read more