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What To Eat If You Have Kidney Stones
Low salt &drink lots: Reduce salt intake, reduce or limit animal protein intake. Reduce other protein (eggs, fish meat) & oxalate containing foods (nuts, spinach, rhubarb wheat bran) if calcium oxalate stones. Most important is to drink lots of water, aim for 10 glasses/day. Get enough calcium (milk & chhese is ok) they do not, and salt does, contribute to forming calcium stones. ...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
Oxalate: Oxalate is the culprit in beans; the solid soy bean has more oxalate than soy oil, for sure; so eating soy beans will more likely increase stone potential compared to soy oil, which you may use in cooking or on a salad. The oxalate rich foods are: beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans; minimize these; drink 3-4 liters fluid per day; ...Read more
Syoned: I don't know of any dietary items that alter the course of kidney stone pain. Typically stones are only painful when they leave the kidney by way of the ureter. See a urologist for therapeutic options. ...Read more
Depends on Type: Stones can be uric acid, calcium phosphate, calcium oxalate and cysteine. Depending on type you should modify your diet. All stone formers should be on a low sodium diet because it decreases calcium and uric acid excretion by the kidney. A low protein diet, especially low in purines (red meats), helps decrease uric acid. Finally and most important; drink at least 3-4 quarts of fluid a day. ...Read more
Plenty of water: Increase in water intake to have a urine output of more than 2.5 liter is the only proven way of reducing risk of kidney stones. It is less likely for a established stone to become smaller over time, however modification in diet and risk factors can be helpful depending on the composition of stone. ...Read more
My boyfriend has kidney stones he doesn't know what kind he has if they are oxlataes or acid ones what type of foods can he eat and not eat?
The most important thing is to drink plenty of water and lemonade throughout the day (more than 2.5-3 liters), maintain a low salt and a balanced diet. Cutting down animal protein also can help.
Next time he passes a stone, make sure he tries to retrieve it to get it analyzed.
A 24 hour urine collection for a stone panel also may help identify some of the problems. ...Read more
How long after you pass a kidney stone should pain hang around I am scared to eat and not sure if it is all in my head if you know what I mean?
No pain after stone:
Usually there is complete relief from pain once you pass the stone
sometime the kidney stone is associated with infection and in that case there may be some discomfort but not the same pain you feel with a kidney stone
if you have passed the stone or stones and do not have co existing infection, you should feel no pain now. ...Read more
Low salt diet: Avoid package or canned soups, noodles, doritos, salty pretzels, hot dogs & fast foods. Reduce red meat for most stones and reduce protein intake & oxalate containing foods (nuts, rhubarb, spinach wheat germ). Drink lots of water even just before bed & possible drink some more when you wake up to urinate. ...Read more
Nephrolithiasis: There are many different types of stones including calcium oxalate (mono & dihydrate), calcium phosphate, struvite, cystine, indinvir, matrix and uric acid stones, to name a few. The type of stone is not the whole answer, however. A complete stone risk analysis also includes specific serum and urine studies, as well. After a full stone risk analysis appropriate dietary restrictions can be given. ...Read more
Many causes: Depends on what the stone is composed of. See a urologist for guidance. ...Read more
Calcium stones Rx: Calcium oxalate is likely stone; reasons: 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; drink OJ 8 oz 2x daily; add ReaLemon extract: 5 tblspns / day; increase fluid 4 liters/day; only 4 oz meat/day; low salt; 4-5 fruits/day; HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) 25 mg / day from MD. Avoid milk. ...Read more
Depends: It depends upon multiple factors including how much fluids u drink! ...Read more
If someone with kidney stones wants to eat salad which vegetables can be used in salad which are safe for him/her?
Kidney stone diet: I do not make universal recommendations about dietary changes for kidney stone prevention unless testing indicates that this changes are indicated. Testing involves collecting urine for 24 hrs and quantifying chemical constituents. If there is a sig elevation of oxalate then salad green changes may be needed. ...Read more
Sir I'm puneet nd I'm 25yrs old, last 2yrs I'm suffering by kidney stone previously I take medicines nd feel relief but when eat eggs the pain started?
Adopt & adapt...: For men after around 18, all physical growth comes to a halt as genetically determined. Afterwords, all men have to adopt & adapt to whatever the life might have brought to them. To assure if eating eggs is related pain, one needs more detailed info on the specifics & relevance of all symptoms stressing their sequence of events + timely physical exam + testing as needed. So, see doc for details. ...Read more
Spinach and oxalate: Spinach is rich in oxalate; calcium oxalate forms 80% of stones in adults; many foods contain oxalate, only nine foods are believed to promote kidney stone formation. They are: beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans It is best to avoid these foods. Drinking 3 to 4 liters per day of fluid is essential. Too much spinach would be one cup per day ...Read more
Spinach and oxalate: Spinach is rich in oxalate; calcium oxalate forms 80% of stones in adults; many foods contain oxalate, only nine foods are believed to promote kidney stone formation. They are: beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans It is best to avoid these foods. Drink 3 to 4 liters per day. More than one cup / day is too much spinach ...Read more
Diet - kidney stone: The kidney stone healthy diet includes 4 liters of fluid per day, one liter of lemonade or 4 tablespoons of lemon extract, low protein - about 4-5 ounces per day, low salt, and high intake of fruit and some vegetables. Stay away from kale, spinach, chocolate, tea. To gain weight, eat grains, pasta, sauce, breads, colored vegetables, colored fruit. ...Read more
Get treatment: U should not get dehydrated, this may require intravenous flui therapy in hospital. Pain severe enough to cause nausea suggests kidney blockage or/& possible infection. Thus needs to be addressed, this could possibly mean temporary placement of jj stent (small tube beween kidney & bladder) to allow kidney to drain. Urologist will advise appropriately. ...Read more
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
If peanut butter is healthy in moderation, can a person prone to kidney stones still eat it because of its high oxalate level?
Only in moderation!: Oxalate renal stones are formed due to excess oxalate in the urine, caused primarity by excessive meat, peanut or chocolate consumption. Avoiding these stones involves drinking fluids, avoiding oxalate contaning foods in excess, and consuming calcium containing foods - calcium binds oxalate in the gut, preventing its absorption. Spinach is actually one of the foods highest in oxalate! ...Read more
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
I have a kidney stones that I can't pass. It's been a week 1/2 now! I hurt all over & can't eat from nausea. But now I am swelling all over bad why?
Risk of obstruction:
Nausea may indicate your kidney function is becoming impaired from dehydration and possibly obstruction.
Infection and fever due the obstructing stone is a risk.
The edema is not likely related unless the kidney function is severely impaired.
Get to medical attention asap. ...Read more
I usually eat 2-3cups of spinach a day (on my green /protein smoothie) friend told me consuming too much spinach can cause kidney stones, trueormith?
Spinach and oxalate: Is true - be careful - Spinach is rich in oxalate; calcium oxalate forms 80% of stones in adults; many foods contain oxalate, only nine foods are believed to increase importantly in the urine and then promote kidney stone formation. They are: beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans It is best to avoid these foods. Drink 3 to 4 liters per day ...Read more
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
What can I do about flucuating weight? I have been flucating between 234 - 240 for a couple of months. I only eat meat once a day due to kidney stones. I eat a lot of fruits and vegtables. I try to walk at lunch every day (i only get 1/2 a hour so I tr
I: I believe you are more concerned (and frustrated) with failing to lose weight than you are by the scale moves up and down by several pounds. You would not be upset, I would guess if the scale kept showing lower numbers with your effort. Weight loss is difficult. If you are not losing then you are taking in and burning up around the same amount of calories. Multiple steps are needed to make progress. I suggest you consider tracking calories and activity using an online site or joining a program such as weight watchers. Fluid shifts can explain changes in weight during the day. By the way, most experts do not recommend reducing meat intake to reduce kidney stone recurrence. An analysis of your urine from a 24 hours collection usually guides changes in diet, and need for medication. If you have uric acid stones, you may have an acid urine or might excrete too much uric acid. The treatment is usually medication which works better than restricting meat intake. ...Read more
Besides spinach, what other vegetables should one with kidney stones not eat? Are kale and chard ok?
I am suffering from kidney stone which is now in distal ureter. Can I eat carrot or drink carrot juice?
Sure: Nothing in carrot juice is relevant to kidney stone treatment. Drinking lots of water (which the kidney then eliminates) may help push the stone down the ureter. If you are a "stone-former" I suggest you get an evaluation by a nephrologist to determine possible preventive strategies. ...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
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