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Can you use something beside all the greens if you have kidney stone attacks?

I tried the green smoothies for a while a few years ago and then I had horrible kidney stones. Since then I have read too much greens causes these. Can I use something else in mine since I am doing this to get rid of edema and also to balance thyroid and hormone levels?

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3 years ago

Dietitian's Answer

Yes you can, however I would need to know more about your specific health history to provide you with personalized recommendations. In general:

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: 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, chamomile 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

A good page from Harvard: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/5-steps-for-preventing-kidney-stones-201310046721

A great PDF of Dietary Changes to Prevent Calcium Oxalate Stones
https://www.med.umich.edu/intmed/nephrology/docs/stones.pdf

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