Six Ways To Prevent Kidney Stones
2. Drink lots of liquids. Studies have shown the more liquids, preferably water, that you drink the less likely you are to develop a stone. Twelve eight-ounce glasses of water a day is ideal. If you can’t make that quota, drink as much as you can.
3. Skip grapefruit drinks and cola. It’s an odd combination, but studies show that both these drinks increase the risk of developing stones.
4. Opt for a diet rich in minerals: Specifically, potassium and magnesium, which decrease the likelihood that you’ll form a stone. Potassium-rich foods include fruits like cantaloupe and banana, as well as fresh vegetables like potatoes and peas. Dietary sources of magnesium include almonds and oat bran.
5. Consider particular supplements. Discuss taking a combination of pyridoxine and magnesium with your doctor. Research shows that taken together these supplements reduce oxalate, a mineral salt found in kidney stones.
6. Lower your calcium and salt intake. Both of these have been shown to contribute to the formation of kidney stones.
Robin Westen is ThirdAge’s medical reporter. Check for her daily updates.
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