Can my diet help me prevent kidney stones?

Diet changes like limiting animal protein can help prevent kidney stones, says Jayram Krishnan, DO, a urologist at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he discusses other dietary changes, including limiting chocolate because of oxalates.
What Diet Changes Can Prevent Kidney Stones?
Foods high in oxalates, such as spinach, can cause kidney stones, but what should you eat to prevent them?

Watch the video to learn which foods you should eat to prevent kidney stones, from Dr. Oz.

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Every doctor you see will give you different dietary advice about how to prevent kidney stones. Indeed, every person you see on the street is going to give you different dietary advice.

As a general rule: fluids, fluids and more fluids. Water with a little lemon juice is probably the best. Four to six cups of water a day is not enough; if you have kidney stones, you need to drink minimum three liters of fluids per day.

The easiest diet advice is make sure the colors on your plate are plentiful and that every food group is represented. We advise a balanced, high fiber, low salt diet. Meats are okay in moderation, and red meat is no better or worse than fish or chicken in terms of kidney stones… as long as it’s in moderation. Vegetables are great and very important, including green leafy vegetables in most cases. 

A low-sodium diet is very important. As sodium goes through your urine, it brings the calcium through with it.

Continue Learning about Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones

Referred to as "silent stones," kidney stones often do not cause any symptoms. The first indication of a kidney stone is often a sudden feeling of extreme pain as the stone blocks the flow of urine. Kidney stones are one of the mo...

st painful urologic disorders and one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract.Most kidney stones - which are hardened masses that develop from crystals that separate from the urine in the urinary tract - are passed out of the body without surgical intervention by a doctor. A less common type of kidney stone, called a struvite or infection stone, is caused by infection in the urinary tract. Doctors are not always able to diagnose the cause of a kidney stone, which is why it's important to learn how to prevent them in the fist place. A person who has had a kidney stone in the past may likely form another one.

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