Flashback Friday: How to Prevent and Treat Kidney Stones with Diet

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Interventional studies support the population data that animal protein consumption appears to markedly increase the risk of kidney stones. Decreasing animal protein and sodium intake appears more effective in treating calcium oxalate and uric acid kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) than restricting calcium or oxalates.

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Making our urine more alkaline can help prevent the formation of kidney stones (and even dissolve uric acid stones). How can you tell the pH of your urine? See my video Testing Your Diet with Pee & Purple Cabbage (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/testing-your-diet-with-pee-purple-cabbage).

Anyone want to try to calculate their LAKE score for the day? Just multiply the number of servings you have of each of the food groups in the graph times the score. I got -79 for my diet yesterday—beat that! 🙂

For more on kidney health, see for example:

-Preventing Kidney Failure Through Diet (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/preventing-kidney-failure-through-diet)
-Treating Kidney Failure Through Diet (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/treating-kidney-failure-through-diet)
-Which Type of Protein Is Better for Our Kidneys? (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/which-type-of-protein-is-better-for-our-kidneys)
-Treating Chronic Kidney Disease with Food (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/treating-chronic-kidney-disease-with-food)

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