Find out how you can avoid this painful condition.
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “kidney stones” is “ouch!” you’re right. This painful condition develops when your urine is no longer able to hold dissolved calcium or uric acid salts because their concentrations are too high. These salts build up and form crystals which can develop into stones. The more diluted your urine is, the less likely it is that you’ll have kidney stones develop. According to the National Kidney Foundation, kidney stones are on the rise in America. Read on to learn how to prevent kidney stones from forming and how to reduce the chances of them coming back.
Reduce Consumption of Oxalate-Rich Foods
Foods that contain high levels of oxalate (a type of salt) include peanuts, rhubarb, spinach, beets, walnuts, chocolate, and sweet potatoes. It’s also found in fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, grains, legumes, and tea. If you’ve had calcium oxalate kidney stones before, you might want to limit your intake of these foods in your diet. These common kidney stones are formed when oxalate binds to calcium while the kidneys produce urine. The National Kidney Foundation says if you do eat oxalate-rich foods you should have them along with calcium-rich foods or beverages during a meal. This helps oxalate and calcium bind to one another in the stomach and intestines before the kidneys begin processing, making it less likely that kidney stones will form.