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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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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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


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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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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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How can you prevent kidney stones coming back if I had them three times this year? I exercise and watch what I eat, but they are still coming back.

How can you prevent kidney stones coming back if I had them three times this year? I exercise and watch what I eat, but they are still coming back.

Need workup: You need a metabolic stone work up including blood tests and a 24-hour urine collection. These will allow your urologist to determine if there is an underlying metabolic problem that may need to be treated with further diet changes or possibly medication. The best advice i can give is drink enough fluid to make more than 2 liters of urine a day. Lemonade is generally good to decrease stone risk. ...Read more

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How do you prevent kidney stones in your body & also which foods, fruits, dairy, liquids should we not be eating & are ok to eat?

How do you prevent kidney stones in your body & also which foods, fruits, dairy, liquids should we not be eating & are ok to eat?

Water: Different stones have different contents and require individual strategies for prevention. However, one thing common to causation of all stones is concentrated urine. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is always watery, colorless and odorless. ...Read more

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How much fluid for kidney stone prevention? Shouldn't it be based on your weight vs how many ounces you drink?

How much fluid for kidney stone prevention? Shouldn't it be based on your weight vs how many ounces you drink?

Not a cure : Drinking lots of fluids can help prevent kidney stones but it's not a cure all. Your genetics, your diet, medications and other medical problems can also predispose you to developing kidney stones. ...Read more

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How can I prevent kidney stones comming back?

How can I prevent kidney stones comming back?

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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Are there currently any known ways ti successfully prevent kidney stones?

Are there currently any known ways ti successfully prevent kidney stones?

Yes: 1. Fluids 2. Fluids 3. More fluids! goal is > 2 liters/day 4. Sodium restriction 5. Animal protein restriction 6. Potassium citrate therapy 7. Oxalate restriction (google oxalate in foods) 8. Normal intake of dietary calcium -- avoiding calcium can make stone formation rate worse in many cases. ...Read more

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How many cups of water daily will effectively prevent kidney stones?

How many cups of water daily will effectively prevent kidney stones?

Drink enough water: So that your urine is watery, colorless and odorless. Depending on your size, muscularity, physical activity, and weather, the amount of water intake needed to keep urine dilute will vary. ...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


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