No one who’s ever had a kidney stone wants to repeat the process. A few changes in lifestyle can help prevent recurrence. It could also prevent them from ever forming in the first place.
Summer: August is the peak month for kidney stones. There are several possible reasons. The most likely are dehydration and diet.
Dehydration: This can occur any time of year, though summer is the most prevalent. Some of the problem stems from beverage choices. While coffee and tea aren’t the cause of this condition, they can make matters worse.
There are other beverage choices that can cause a kidney stone. Alcohol also dehydrates. While that icy cold beer may seem like the best thirst quencher, it can cause kidney stones in two different ways. The first is dehydration and the second is the yeast that makes it bubble.
Diet: Summer is the time for cookouts, and hot dogs are a frequent favorite. They can also cause some types of kidney stones. The problem with processed meats is that it could come from any part of the animal in question. Organ meats are included.
All protein contains a certain amount of purine. Purine breaks down to uric acid in the bloodstream. If the kidneys can’t filter that out, it can cause stones to form. The highest amount of purine comes from organ meats. Purine is also found in yeast, making beer a doubly guilty party.
Calcium Oxalate: Some vegetables contain this form of calcium. Kidney stones can also be formed by calcium oxalate. If you consume a large amount of these foods, it could contribute to stone formation. Some of these foods include spinach and broccoli.
The obvious way to prevent kidney stones from forming is to remain properly hydrated, moderate calcium oxalate laden vegetables and watch purine levels. However, there is more that can be done.
Cherry Juice: If you tend towards uric acid type stones, cherry juice may be able to help. This is often recommended for those with gout for the same reason.
Aspirin: Unless you’re on aspirin therapy, it’s a good idea to avoid taking it. Aspirin and its herbal form, willow bark, can cause gout. Ask your doctor what to take for pain instead.
Drink Choices: In the summer, water may not always be the right choice for rehydration. Fluids lost by perspiration contain electrolytes, and replacing them is very important. Sport’s drinks are often a better choice if you are sweating heavily.
Kidney stone prevention can happen. Making the right food and drink choices are the best way to do that. Ask your doctor if there are other changes that may help you avoid this painful condition.