Written by Inara Hasanali, M.A.  | 
Article Reviewed by Dietitian julia samuel, M.Phil on Nov 23, 2016

Diet for Kidney Stones

Prevention strategies for kidney stones should include - Increasing your daily fluid intake and taking the recommended daily allowance of calcium

Two dietary modifications are recommended for most kidney stone sufferers. Remember that you should consult your doctor when planning to follow any diet.

Fluid Intake

Increase your fluid intake to the point where your urine volume reaches 2.5 litres a day. This may mean drinking up to 3 litres a day, if you live in a hot, dry climate or if you are involved in strenuous physical activity. Increasing urine volume decreases the concentration of minerals in the urine. This makes it less likely that a stone will form.

Calcium intake

Make sure your diet includes the recommended Daily Allowance of calcium. Note that your calcium intake should be greatest at mealtimes. This helps to ensure that ingested minerals such as oxalate bind with calcium during digestion and pass out of the body through the intestines, rather than passing into the bloodstream and then binding with calcium in the kidneys.

Generally those who develop kidney stones once are prone to develop them again.

They say that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. For kidney stone patients, that famous ounce of prevention adds up to 2 - 3 litres a day of good drinking water.

Other dietary recommendations may depend on the type of kidney stone you are likely to form. But, pace Henry David Thoreau, "Water is the only drink for a wise kidney stone patient."

References:

  1. Education, Advocacy, Support, Highlight Sixth ICF Symposium - (https://cystinuria.org/education-advocacy-support-highlight-sixth-icf-symposium/)
  2. Kidney Stones - (https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/kidney-stones)

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Comments

vaishali9524 Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To avoid kidney stones limit your potassium intake...Avoid foods which are high in potassium..Fruits and vegetables are high in potassium..so have your servings limited

JamesGreyson Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Good article, kidney stones are very painful, most of them are build up of calcium oxalate. They are usually a result of poor diets that may contain to much animal protein, bad fats, excess sodium, etc. try and stay away from proceed foods. Most of the time it requires a diet change.

soniaselanders Friday, January 25, 2013

I had a kidney stone and the lab results showed it was full of calcium. All the dr said was to drink LOTS of water. I already drink a lot of water so what else can I do?

Fatima84 Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dear Sir/madam,
I fell seriously ill n was admitted for 10 dayz in d hospital, I noticed that my left belly side was swollen so I did C.T scan of abdomen and pelvis, in the result, the liver is normal size, the pancreas is normal is size and shape but Intraparechymal calcus seen in left kidney measuring 1.0cm

jayaprakash167 Monday, January 14, 2013

Good morning Sir i have mild hydroureternphrosis what i mean and how to get treatment from this and what are the safety pricautions to be taken

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