Three times more common in men than women with highest incidence in summer as urine is more concentrated – mostly due to loss of fluid via sweating. Underlying cause mostly unknown although could be caused by mild chronic dehydration (inadequate fluid intake in a hot climate). Men suffering from gout could have renal stones as stones consist of uric acid. Almost 70% of kidney stones are calcium oxalates- oxalate is an end product of body metabolism present in urine. Diet that is very rich with food containing high oxalic acid could trigger a formation of renal stones. Therefore dietary treatment eliminate oxalate rich food such as spinach, rhubarb, beetroot, parsley, peanuts, figs, chocolate, celery, peanuts, beans including soya beans and even healthy quinoa.
Nutritional strategy to decrease the likelihood of developing further kidney stones:
- Enough intake of water, to prevent dehydration
- Increase an intake of alkaline food and minimise an intake of acid-forming food especially animal protein
- Increase an intake of calcium and magnesium rich food such as fresh organic fish, yoghurt, green cabbage, and one of the best sources of these minerals are seaweeds. Eat nori used in your favourite sushi, just break a sheet roughly by hand and add it to your soup or stew.
- Eat black cherries to eliminate uric acid crystals out of the body
- Use olive oil and flaxseed oil
- Eat organic eggs and poultry
- Eat alkaline vegetables such as cucumber, radishes, green beans, avocado, red peppers, green lettuce
Super alkaline vegetable asparagus is one of the best vegetables for breaking down kidney stones, have it in the soup, steamed or grilled. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used as a mild laxative, cardiac and nerve sedative, aphrodisiac and tonic.
- Eat white type Basmati rice, barley
- Make a barley grass drink – one teaspoon mix in the glass of water, drink it in the morning and before bedtime
- Spice up your food with ginger, sage or rosemary. Make a tea with a ginger or tea with the mixture of sage and rosemary.
- Drink aloe vera juice
- Eat alkaline fruit such as apples or apricots
Lecithin helps to emulsify saturated fats that can lead to kidney stones formation. Additional benefit is that lecithin contains choline that has renal protective role against atherosclerosis and hypertension. Buy non GM lecithin enriched with vitamins E and B6. Take 2 tablespoons a day and add it to yoghurt, soup or smoothies.
Other useful tips:
- Try to relax as much as possible – try good massage, manual lymph drainage or any other technique to move out toxins out of the body. Skin brushing at home could be useful as well.
- If you are under stress take a high-strength B-complex
- Take calcium citrate not calcium carbonate ( research published in the Journal of Bone Mineral Research J.A Harvi showed that we loose more calcium with supplementation with this form of calcium and it is not easily absorbable ) 500mg with each meal together with 200mg magnesium citrate. While calcium binds to the oxalates and reduces the risk of forming kidney stones, magnesium helps keep calcium in the bones and out of arteries.
- Hydrangea root considered in Western herbal medicine as very useful in the treatment for kidney stones but no medical scientific evidence supports any therapeutic effect of it. Since some reports benefits drinking this herbal drink, maybe worth to give it a try. It is used as an herbal drink with water and consumed over the course of one day.
You can check the Best Guide for Kidney Stones Prevention and Treatment.