Golden Ruler's of Penmai
- Sep 3, 2012
Plan your diet
The formation of kidney stones can be prevented by taking a balanced diet.
Drink plenty of water
Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily, so that the minerals responsible for stone formation would not gather in the urine. Besides ½ liter of water, other drinks should also be included.
Use less amount of salt in the food
Decreasing the amount of salt in food leads to lower calcium level in the urine and thus prevents calcium stone formation. Besides this you should avoid pasteurized food products, salty snacks or junk food because these things also contain high amount of salt.
Include sufficient amount of calcium in your diet
Having two servings of high calcium food products daily reduces the risk of kidney stones to a great extent. Those persons who suffer from calcium oxalate stones should include about 800 mgs of calcium daily in their diet. This not only prevents the formation of stones but also maintains the bone density.
One cup of skimmed milk provides about 300 mgs of calcium. Other dairy products like curd and cheese also contain high amounts of calcium.
Our body converts vitamin C to oxalate, which increases the risk of kidney stone formation. If the physicians advice you to lower the intake of oxalate, in this case you should avoid the supplements of vitamin C. In this case the kidney stone patients are advised to reduce the intake of vitamins and minerals up to 500 mgs and should not take more than this amount.
Low quantity of oxalate
Those food products which increase the oxalate level or uric acid level in the urine should be consumed in fewer amounts. Oxalic acid or oxalate is generally found in products like spinach, wheat bran, strawberry, chocolate, dry fruits, beet root and tea.
Consuming high calcium food also reduces the oxalate level in urine. Calcium actually binds the oxalate in digestive tract, so it does not pass in the urine.
This is the part of fiber plants which does not digest. It has two types- soluble (which dissolves in water) and insoluble (which does not dissolve in water). Both of these fibers are very important for the metabolism of the body.
The main sources of insoluble fibers are wheat, barley and rice. Their consumption reduces the calcium level in urine. Insoluble fibers combine with the calcium in the intestine and it is excreted out with the stool instead of urine. Thus the patient's body absorbs less calcium.
Just cut the banana stems into normal size pieces and grind well in juicer or Mixie. Squeeze well and take the water and drink as it is. Slight salt and pepper may be added if needed. If regularly drink this juice, it is easy to prevent the kidney problem in others also.
- More amount of protein, nitrogen, and sodium in diet,
- Oxalate contents such as chocolate, soya bin, peanut, spinach, beans, rhubarb etc.,
- Coca-Cola, grape juice and soft drinks contains phosphoric acid,
- Excess amount of Vitamin 'D'.
Suggested Kidney Stone Diets for someone who has kidney stones is as follows:
Breakfast: grapefruit juice, one cup; 3/4 cup cereal with 1 cup skim milk; 1 scrambled egg with 2 sliced of white toast with 2 tsp margarine, 1 cup coffee and 1 cup of water.
Lunch: White meat / chicken, 2 oz; 2 slices of wheat brad, 1 cup iceberg lettuce with oil/vinegar dressing (1 TBSP); 1 cup cantaloupe, 1 cup lemonade, 1 sugar cookie, 1 cup water.
Dinner: 1/2 cup white rice, 1/2 cup peas, 2 tsp margarine, 1 apple, 1 cup water.
Please note that these meals must be done in consultation with your physician who may refer you to a dietitian to assist you in planning.