5. So Long Sodium
It’s actually pretty difficult to avoid salt and sodium in your diet, and it’s not necessarily always a bad thing. However, as WebMD points out, a lot of sodium can lead to more calcium content in urine that “ups your odds for kidney stones.”
The source says you don’t have to avoid calcium-rich foods like salmon and kale, but you should also monitor your overall salt intake. It reiterates that too little calcium in your diet can be more of a risk than a benefit.
6. Learn About Oxalate
The National Kidney Foundation explains there’s something called oxalate that occurs naturally in many foods including fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, seeds, grains, and more. “Moderating intake of these foods may be beneficial for people who form calcium oxalate stones,” it explains.
However, it speaks of a “common misconception” that limiting these oxalate food sources will alone limit your risk. “While in theory this might be true, this approach isn’t smart from an overall health perspective,” it adds, noting that stones usually form when oxalate binds to calcium when your kidneys produce urine.
7. Watch Your Meat Intake
Here’s one that vegetarians don’t have to worry about. While we’re not saying eating meat is a bad thing (you’ll get essential elements like iron, zinc, and essential vitamins), Healthline warns that too much of it can be a risk factor for developing kidney stones.
You’ll get a lot of protein from meat, but it says that high sources of animal protein are also acidic and could make your urine more acidic. This could lead to uric acid stones or calcium oxalate kidney stones, it adds. Limit or avoid your intake of beef, poultry, fish, and pork, suggests the source.