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If I have kidney stones what are some of the food I should stay away from?.......And food could help pass out the stone?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Kidney stones

Stay away from high oxalate foods: some are beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans (fresh, canned, or cooked), excluding lima and green beans.
It is best to avoid these foods. Also limit salt and limit animal protein. Taking in high amounts of lemonade or lemon extract from ReaLemon 4 tablespoons per day will help tremendously.

In brief: Kidney stones

Stay away from high oxalate foods: some are beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans (fresh, canned, or cooked), excluding lima and green beans.
It is best to avoid these foods. Also limit salt and limit animal protein. Taking in high amounts of lemonade or lemon extract from ReaLemon 4 tablespoons per day will help tremendously.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine
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In brief: Depends

Overall i would recommend increasing water intake and avoiding too much high protein and high calcium intake unless instructed to by your doctor. Most stones are calcium based as well as uric acid based from too much protein.
Dehydration sets the stage though and should avoid too much caffeine or alcohol which can dehydrate you. Gout is another risk factor along with parathyroid disease as well.

In brief: Depends

Overall i would recommend increasing water intake and avoiding too much high protein and high calcium intake unless instructed to by your doctor. Most stones are calcium based as well as uric acid based from too much protein.
Dehydration sets the stage though and should avoid too much caffeine or alcohol which can dehydrate you. Gout is another risk factor along with parathyroid disease as well.
Dr. Kevin Considine
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2 comments
Dr. Richard Sarle
While I agree with increased fluid intake, and decreased animal protein consumption, the recommendation to DECREASE Calcium is premature in this pt. I believe this is a common misconception regarding kidney stones, that calcium intake should be automatically restricted..not so ! SALT intake is far larger risk factor and should be reduced in a stone former !
Dr. Kevin Considine
True about "decreasing" calcium.. but taking too much calcium especially with the Vitamin D craze is a common problem these days which can result in too much calcium. Please note, I recommended decreasing "high" calcium intake. Not recommended calcium intake. I appreciate your comments about salt though.
Dr. Terence Chapman
Urology - Oncology

In brief: See below

Generally speaking, patients with calcium kidney stones should attempt to increase fluid intake to make a minimum of 2.
5 quarts of urine per day, reduce sodium (salt) intake and reduce animal protein intake (serving=deck of cards) and maintain a normal intake of dietary calcium, as avoidance can increase stone risk. Other specific advice may be tailored to your specific situation.

In brief: See below

Generally speaking, patients with calcium kidney stones should attempt to increase fluid intake to make a minimum of 2.
5 quarts of urine per day, reduce sodium (salt) intake and reduce animal protein intake (serving=deck of cards) and maintain a normal intake of dietary calcium, as avoidance can increase stone risk. Other specific advice may be tailored to your specific situation.
Dr. Terence Chapman
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