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Are there foods that are good for avoiding kidney stones?

Curious if there are any foods that are good for avoiding the common kidney stone.

Kidney Cleansers? Calcium Oxalate destroyers?

Just had a 2 month bout with kidney stones after my first occurrence 16 years ago. Would love to avoid another one if at all possible.

So I'm looking for further tools in my arsenal beyond drinking lots of water every day.

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5 years ago

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While the easiest way to help prevent kidney stones would be to avoid or greatly reduce the consumption of foods high in oxalic acid, I understand you don't want to miss out on all the other nutrients packed in those foods. While it isn't 100% full proof, some suggestions to help minimize the potential for stones include: Like you mentioned, drink plenty of water (fluid) each day 8-13 cups a day - especially before a high oxalic acid meal, avoid calcium supplements (unless a Dr. advised you to) but keep eating calcium-rich foods, keep salt and animal proteins low, cook your leafy greens (also adding calcium carbonate to your greens while cooking removes even more oxalate - 1 tsp of powder per pot of water).
In addition, you can choose to Blast healthy foods that are low in oxalates.

LOW OXALATE FOODS

Fruits: Apples, avocados, banana, cherries, cranberries, melons (cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon), seedless grapes (red and green), peaches, pear, plums.

Vegetables: Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers; iceberg and Romaine lettuce; radishes, mushrooms, onions (yellow and white); squash (zucchini, acorn, and yellow); red sweet peppers, turnips (root), water chestnuts.

Beverages: Spring and filtered water, chamomille tea, ginger ale, beer, apple juice, apple cider.

Grains: White and wild rice; barley.

Herbs and Spices: Basil, cilantro, mustard, nutmeg, white pepper, saffron, tarragon, vanilla, salt.
Nuts, Peas and Seeds: Coconut; black-eyed peas, green peas, and yellow split peas; flax seeds.

http://www.upmc.com/patients-visitors/education/nutrition/pages/low-oxalate-diet.aspx

You can read more about it here:
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=48

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