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Your Kidney Stone - Dos & Don'ts

Updated on October 26, 2009

Whenever you are dealing with kidney stones and their related ailments, there will always be a list of "dos and don'ts." There are specific foods, such as some desserts that are definitely on the don't list. Binge eating, large meals, seconds and taking days off will all be on the "don't" list as well. Moderating amounts and timing will be on the "do" list in addition to habits that may have to be modified or changed. The most important thing on the "do" list is keep at it.

Kidney Stone Dos

  • Drink at least three litres of fresh water each day to help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
  • Eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables which will help provide you with water soluble fiber.
  • Reduce your over-intake of protein to a reasonable amount.
  • Ingest dairy products that provide your system with a reasonable amount of calcium.
  • Get off the couch and get some exercise!

Kidney Stone Don'ts

  • Eat a lot of foods which are highly salted or sugared
  • Drink a lot of carbonated drinks and sodas.
  • Ignore your physician's advice, or the first twinges of pain.
  • Rely on "natural" or "alternative" medicines which can make your stone much worse.
  • Think that it can't happen to you!

There are also a wide number of procedures and medications available to help treat kidney stones. Some kidney stones require surgery or medication and you should pay particular attention to your physician when this possibility may be offered as an option. It is extremely important for all individuals, whether they are currently suffering from kidney stones or not, to expand their knowledge base of kidney stone disease, so they will have a much better chance of understanding it and preventing a first or further attacks.

Since eating and lifestyle habits are the major contributing factors in producing kidney stones, a change affected in these areas will almost certainly decrease and possibly entirely prevent a recurrence. A strong desire and commitment will be your best companions on this journey. A remembrance of pain past may also be a motivator. The lifestyle changes which can be suggested by your physician in order to help alleviate your kidney stones are not radical in any way, shape, or form, and most of you will be able to follow them without much difficulty. Keep in mind that the rewards are well worth it. The plan which your physician can outline for the prevention of kidney stones is workable and will fit easily into most lifestyles. It is essentially quite easy and accounts for the fact that you live and work a real life. 

Luckily for the human race, people tend to forget painful episodes, and the pain of passing a kidney stone is the most effective deterrent to keep you from the "don't" list. As the memory fades, please don't let your commitment fade along with it. You do not want to get complacent, revert back to old habits and trigger the formation of new kidney stones. This is an enormous pain and infinite aggravation you can do without, and best of all is mostly preventable. 

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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      Varies according to your condition. Consult your physician first.

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      sarah 7 years ago

      Are you allowed to keep fast if you have kidney problems?