Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Foods To Avoid When You Have Kidney Stones

By Jason Fowler

Like it or not, kidney stones are a heightening concern among medical professionals today. Our diets and poor habits are the most likely thing to blame but the good news is that there are specific foods you can avoid if you're at risk for developing kidney stones.

Who is at risk?

White men over the age of 30 seem to be the highest at risk of having kidney stones and this is all the way across the board UNLESS you live in the southeastern part of the US. The quantity of kidney stone cases is so huge in this region that doctors have nicknamed the section, the "stone belt".

Foods that should be avoided when you have kidney stones

Kidney stones come typically in 4 varieties- Calcium, struvite, cystine and finally uric acid. That said , just about 80% of the kidney stones are composed of calcium deposits, most particularly the oxalate type.

Due to this, you should eliminate foods from your diet that's high in oxalic acid. Some of the things that have high quantities of this oxalic acid include spinach, tomatoes, aubergine, summer squash, peanuts, almonds, sweet potatoes and cocoa.

Animal fat is also known to extend the danger of getting a kidney stone because it causes your body to literally release calcium which in its turn will build up in your kidneys.

This sounds rather like a no-brainer but calcium rich dairy foods can create problems as well . It is not the undeniable fact that dairy products are so rich in calcium though. It's perhaps because the gut has issues breaking down dairy goods into something it can use and almost all of the nutrient elements wind up as waste for the kidneys to filter thru.

Studies have shown that grapefruit juice increases the risk of kidney stones as well and should be evaded. Ultimately, reduce all the things that leech water from your body and dehydrate you. This includes caffeine and alcohol as well salt because these things will leech water from your urine which in turn will increase the concentration of minerals that you will have to pass, increasing the risk of kidney stones.

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