Kidney Stones

These are usually formed from calcium phosphate or calcium oxalate. Some people are more prone to these stones for genetic reasons.

However the number of people with kidney stones is rising. Hydration is important, especially in the summer, so drink more water, ideally filtered water.

Oxalate Stones

Avoid sugary drinks and sodas as these increase calcium excretion in the urine.

For oxalate stones avoid chips and soya. In theory berries, spinach, nuts, beetroot and rhubarb have oxalates but a 2014 study found there these did not increase the risk of kidney stoned and conversely higher intake of fruit and vegetables lowers the risk of kidney stones.

The Amazonian herb, chanca piedra was found to eliminate stones in 94% of cases in one study. It also stops calcium oxalate stones being formed.

Phosphate Stones

Phosphates are often added to the diet in the form of stabilizers, and preservatives in processed foods so go for unpackaged, unprocessed foods.

General Measures

In 2014 an Oxford University study found those who ate meat had a lower risk of being hospitalised with kidney stones and the more they ate the higher the risk. Another study found fish to raise the risk as much as meat. Fruit and vegetables lower the risk as does drinking more water.

Don’t stop calcium because calcium reduces oxalate absorption. Take extra calcium (500mg daily)

Magnesium and Vitamin B6 are also helpful. One study found taking 300mg of magnesium and 10mg B6 reduced kidney stones by 90%.

Dr Jonathon Wright recommends 300mg magnesium, 100mg Vitamin B6 and 10,000iu of Vitamin D daily.

Researchers from Brigham’s and Women’s hospital found in 2013 that those who drink one or more sweetened drinks are 23% more likely to get kidney stones, whereas tea, coffee and orange juice are protective.

Potassium or magnesium citrate help prevent calcium oxalate stones.

A strange story

A patient with kidney stones went for a ride on a roller-coaster. Two minutes later he passed a stone. He repeated the roller-coaster ride twice more, each time passing a stone soon after. Later research confirmed that this sort of movement can help dislodge a stone.