A kidney stone diet plan is going to modify your diet in several different ways. In order for your body to be able to eliminate existing kidney stones and reduce the odds of new ones forming you will need to modify your entire lifestyle as well as make changes in the foods you eat.
There is more to a healthy kidney stone diet plan than simply drinking more water. You need to reduce the amount of salt you consume. This can be down by purchasing fresh veggies instead of canned vegetables, buying only reduced salt/sodium condiments and preparing meals instead of buying prepared meals. Also, when you prepare your meals, use substitutes for flavor rather than using salt.
You need to make sure you are getting the right amount of calcium. To help you determine if you need to take a calcium supplement or incorporate more calcium into your diet you should talk to your doctor or nutritionist. If you need more calcium try eating yogurt, cheese or drinking more milk.
Depending on the type of kidney stones that you develop, you might have to eliminate some types of foods and beverages from your diet. For example, if your body tends to produce oxalate kidney stones you should stop drinking coffee, cola and tea. Chocolate, spinach, green veggies and peanuts are also on the list of things to avoid. Here are a few other things that you should avoid with an oxalate kidney stone:
- sweet potatoes
It is possible that your doctor will suggest that you limit the amount of animal protein rich foods you consume. When you consume foods that are high in purines you are increasing the uric acid that is produced in your body. Foods you should avoid, or at the bare minimal limit are:
- red meats
Consulting your doctor and a nutritionist will prove to be very beneficial in your fight against kidney stones. Between your doctor and a nutritionist you can have the ideal kidney stone diet plan put together to meet all of your dietary needs.
Shortly after you begin your new diet, you notice the diet has also changed your overall health and not just the kidney stones. Your moods will improve, your energy and possibly the deterioration of other heath conditions as well.