Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Kidney Stones

Can I help prevent kidney stones by changing what I eat or drink?

Drinking enough liquid, mainly water, is the most important thing you can do to prevent kidney stones.

Unless you have kidney failure, many health care professionals recommend that you drink six to eight, 8-ounce glasses a day. Talk with your physician at Urological Associates of Bridgeport about how much liquid you should drink.

Studies have shown that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet can reduce the risk of kidney stones. Learn more about the DASH diet.

Kidney Stone Prevention

Studies have shown that being overweight increases your risk of kidney stones. A dietitian can help you plan meals to help you lose weight.

Making small adjustments to your current diet and nutrition plan may go a long way toward preventing kidney stones.

  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat more calcium rich foods
  • Eat less sodium
  • Eat fewer oxalate rich foods
  • Eat less anmimal protein
  • Avoid vitamin c supplements
  • Explore herbal remedies

Does the type of kidney stone I had affect food choices I should make?

Yes. If you have already had kidney stones, ask your physician at Urological Associates of Bridgeport which type of kidney stone you had. Based on the type of kidney stone you had, you may be able to prevent kidney stones by making changes in how much sodium, animal protein, calcium, or oxalate is in the food you eat.

You may need to change what you eat and drink for these types of kidney stones:

  • Calcium Oxalate Stones
  • Calcium Phosphate Stones
  • Uric Acid Stones
  • Cystine Stones

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