Be Kind to Your Kidneys

Prevent Kidney Stones

Unless you’ve experienced the trepidation of a kidney stone attack while just boarding a roller coaster, you might not really give much thought to how you’re treating your kidneys. Personally, I’ve gone through the almighty of pains three times, and number three wasn’t any less painful than number one.

First of all, let’s talk about the pain of these wannabe boulders trying to rush out the door as though they have some important rock concert to attend. Why do they hurt so bad? One of my doctors gave me an explanation, plainly put: When your kidney is trying to get rid of a foreign object, your kidney only knows of 2 ways to react. 100% on or 100% off. There are no inbetweens. Not like other pain receptors such as when you have varying degrees of sunburn

Work with me here, I know they’re not related, I’m just comparing the levels of pain. 0 OR 100 compared to 0 TO 100. When your kidneys are trying to get something out, it always gives 100%. Great for work and sports. Not so great for pain.

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Are They Avoidable?

The good news according to Harvard Health and WebMD, yes. It first starts with a healthy intake of water. I’ve gotten to know several specialists in this field over the years and I’ve heard this said several times from several doctors, “If everyone would drink 8 glasses of water every day, urologists would go out of business.” Honestly, I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but I got the point.

So What Can You Do

Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated, especially when you exercise. To avoid the most common type of stones, calcium oxalate, you may want to limit foods high in oxalates. What are oxalates you ask? They are organic compounds that bind easily to certain minerals, including calcium, which then help form kidney stones.

Foods that are high in oxalates:

Nuts, soy products, chocolate, oat and oat bran, red kidney beans, navy beans, fava beans, beets, spinach, kale, tomato. Let’s face it, most of us gave up when we read ‘chocolate’. But there is hope.

These foods are low in oxalates:

Grapes, melon, bananas, citrus fruits, cucumbers, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, cheese, milk, butter, beef, bacon, chicken, ham.1

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Take what you will out of this. Full disclosure, I eat pretty much what I want, but that’s because I exercise regularly. I have also been drinking my doctor(s) recommended 8 glasses of water per day for well over a decade now. This doesn’t mean I won’t get them again. Once a kidney stone, always a kidney stone. After all, the first three I had were all about three years apart.

So being kind to my kidneys must be paying off. That said, I need to go fill up my water bottle.

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July 5, 2018