Worried about kidney stones? Avoid this food
If you’ve ever suffered painful kidney stones, you might want to pass on the beef tenderloin at your next meal.
Red meat and other sources of animal protein such as chicken, fish and eggs pump up the acids naturally found in urine. In most cases, our bodies flush them out. However, high levels calcify and block the urinary tract, creating extreme lower back pain.
The stones, ranging in size from 1 to 3 centimeters, send more than half a million people to emergency rooms each year seeking relief through drugs or surgery.
“During the holidays, people tend to overindulge – eating, drinking and being merry. That’s fine, but all things in moderation,” says Dr. Taylor.
Another trap is gout, a painful form of arthritis, often seen with kidney stones.
Dr. Taylor says patients should be careful when partaking in the obligatory holiday libations with festive meals. The combination compounds uric acid, which can build up in the urinary tract as well as the joints, especially in the big toe.
The key is prevention.
Dr. Taylor also recommends lower consumption and frequent flushing. Fluids help break down the solids in your urine. She suggests her patients consume enough to pass up to 2 liters of urine.
“Increasing water intake can not only help prevent stones, but flush the kidneys to help pass stones that are already formed.”
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