Diet For Kidney Stones

Diet For Kidney StonesDiet For Kidney Stones

Everyone is prone to get kidney stones. Kidney stones can affect both men and women.

Here are a few tips from Health Link BC:

Aim for a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese may increase the risk of kidney stones. If you are overweight, lose weight slowly by following a balanced eating plan. High protein weight loss diets are not recommended.

Have a maximum of 2-3 servings from the Meats and Alternatives group. High amounts of animal protein may increase the risk for kidney stones.

  • One serving of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is 75 g or 2 ½ oz. Limit your intake to a maximum of 150-225 g (5-7.5 oz) per day).
  • Think of meat, fish and poultry as a garnish to your meal rather than the centerpiece.
  • At some meals, substitute meat alternatives, such as nuts, lentils, dried peas and beans for meat, fish or poultry.

Limit the amount of sodium you eat.

  • Buy fresh or frozen unprocessed meats, poultry, or fish instead of breaded, seasoned, or cured foods.
  • Replace added salt used at the table or in cooking with low sodium herbs, spices, seasonings and other flavourings.
  • Limit fast foods and “convenience” foods (such as seasoned pasta or rice mixes), and canned foods (such as stews and vegetables).

Source: Health Link BC

Your sodium intake really plays a great role in helping minimize the occurrence of kidney stones. This is further affirmed by Kidney.org. According to an article in the site, you may be asked to make changes to the amount of salt (sodium), calcium, oxalate, protein, citrate, potassium and fluid in your diet. A registered dietitian can help you with making these changes.

Staying well hydrated by drinking enough water is one of the best measures you can take to avoid kidney stones. To lessen your risk of forming a new stone, it is very important that you drink at least three quarts (12 cups) of fluid throughout the day. In hotter weather, you may need to drink more to make up for fluid loss from sweating. This will help keep your urine less concentrated. Less concentrated urine reduces the risk of stone formation. Most of the fluid you drink should be water. Try to drink a glass of water before bed and if you wake during the night to use the bathroom, drink another glass before going back to bed.

Source: Kidney.org

Try to be more vigilant in keeping up with a diet for kidney stones. This will help you in dealing with the woes of having kidney stones.

 

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