7 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Find out how you can avoid this painful condition.

7 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

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.

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Reduce Red Meat If You’ve Had Uric Aid Stones

The other common types of kidney stones are uric acid stones. They may form if you are consuming a high amount of foods that contain the chemical compound, purine, including red meat, organ meats, and shellfish. If you’ve suffered from this type of kidney stone before, or if you’re concerned that your diet is rich in these foods and you’d like to minimize your risk for uric acid stones, cut back on high-purine foods like red meat, organ meats, and shellfish. Eat a healthy diet that contains mostly vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products, recommends the National Kidney Foundation.

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