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Kidney stones. I have never had them, but just hearing those words gives me discomfort. In the US, 13% of men and 7% of women will have kidney stones at one point in their lives. Worst of all, if a person makes no change to their diet after having kidney stones, they have a 50% chance of experiencing them again in five years. I don’t know anyone who wants to go through that painful ordeal again!

What are Kidney Stones?

There are actually many different types of kidney stones. According to the Mayo Clinic, these include:
  • Calcium stones. Most kidney stones are calcium stones, usually in the form of calcium oxalate. Oxalate is a naturally occurring substance found in food. Some fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and chocolate, have high oxalate levels. Your liver also produces oxalate. Dietary factors, high doses of vitamin D, intestinal bypass surgery and several metabolic disorders can increase the concentration of calcium or oxalate in urine. Calcium stones may also occur in the form of calcium phosphate.
  • Struvite stones. Struvite stones form in response to an infection, such as a urinary tract infection. These stones can grow quickly and become quite large, sometimes with few symptoms or little warning.
  • Uric acid stones. Uric acid stones can form in people who don’t drink enough fluids or who lose too much fluid, those who eat a high-protein diet, and those who have gout. Certain genetic factors also may increase your risk of uric acid stones.
  • Cystine stones. These stones form in people with a hereditary disorder that causes the kidneys to excrete too much of certain amino acids (cystinuria).
  • Other stones. Other, rarer types of kidney stones also can occur.

9 Kidney Stone Risk Factors

1. Not Enough Food Based Calcium

shutterstock_357578999 A diet low in calcium actually increases one’s risk of developing kidney stones. Pair calcium-rich foods with oxalate-rich foods. This will keep the kidney stones away. Collard greens and kale are excellent food sources of calcium. (National Kidney Foundation)

2. Too Much Salt

shutterstock_357730907 Unprocessed salt is fine, but the processed salt found in processed foods can be a big cause of kidney stones. Try to add more healthy and natural foods into one’s diet. Increase the amount of veggies and fruit consumed.

3. Citrus

shutterstock_357957170 Citrus fruit or juice may help break down kidney stones because it contains citrate. Citrate is commonly used in medicine to treat kidney stones. Just a squirt of the juice in water may keep them away.

4. Black Tea Found in Iced Tea

shutterstock_358046807 Oxalate is found in black tea and its overconsumption can be a major cause of kidney stone formation. Keep the black tea drinking to a minimum. A cup a day won’t hurt.

5. Soda

Sodas This should come as no surprise. Soda is just not good for the body at all. Drinking soda is associated with kidney stones, possibly because the phosphorus acid it contains acidifies your urine, which promotes stone formation. In addition, one South African study found that drinking soda exacerbates conditions in your urine that lead to formation of calcium oxalate kidney stone problems. (Dr. Mercola)

6. Genetics

That’s right. One’s genetics plays a big role in whether or not they will get kidney stones. However, all is not lost. By watching one’s diet. Kidney stone problems can be kept at bay.

7. Chronic Diseases or Problems

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) tends to leave one dehydrated. Chronic dehydration is a leading cause of kidney stones. Also, those with consistent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) may also be at risk. Smaller stones can block the urine which may be the reason why one is getting the infection in the first place.

8. Medications

shutterstock_358076798 Overuse of laxatives makes it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients, which may lead to an electrolyte imbalance. This imbalance may create the formation of kidney stones. Also, some migraine medicine can increase the pH level in the urinary tract which can also cause kidney stones.

9. Not Enough Water

shutterstock_358026818 The biggest cause of kidney stone formation is because the person does not drink enough water. Drinking plenty of water keeps the entire body healthy, not just the kidneys and the urinary tract. Keep water intake up for optimal health!

To learn more about what to eat and what not to eat to prevent kidney stones, take a look at the video below!

Source: Dr. Mercola Source:  http://www.davidwolfe.com/9-unknown-signs-youll-get-kidney-stones-and-how-to-prevent-them/

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