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Kidney Stone : Your Food Is Your Medicine

Kidney stone : Your food is your medicine

Once you are diagnosed with kidney stone, you stop taking

certain food on your own or which is advised to

you by your friends or relatives. But before knowing

the composition of your stone, it is not advisable

to stop any food.

There are different types of kidney stones.

Today we will discuss about

Calcium oxalate stones:

  • This is most common type of kidney stones
  • More than 70% of the kidney stones are of this type.

But most common mistake you do is-

  • You reduce your intake of calcium containing food

in the hope to avoid getting these stones.

  • However, if you reduce your calcium intake, the

calcium from your bones gets leached out in to your

blood to maintain the calcium level in your blood.

  • This weakens your bone (osteoporosis) & increases

your chances of bone fracture.

  • You need to take enough amount of calcium to

maintain the calcium of your bone, at the same

time, to maintain your blood calcium level.

Most important thing you must know is that

Calcium bind with the oxalate present in your

food and throws it out of your body through urine & thus

help you to prevent formation of stones.

What to do???

  • Keep yourself hydrated. Drink at least 2.5 to 3 litres of water per day.
  • Take adequate amount of calcium containing food

so that it will prevent the formation of your stones.

Good vegetarian sources of calcium are:

Curry leaves: They are local and easily available

can make paste out of it and have 1 spoon of it every morning. You

can also add curry leaves paste to your paratha stuffing or your

favourite green chatnis.

Ragi: you can add ragi flour to your roti flour.

You can also make ragi chilla or ragi flour halwa (shira).

Sesame seeds: you can have 2-3 spoon of sesame seed raw or

roasted per day. You can also make chikki or chatni out of it. Simply

you can add crushed sesame seeds to your salads.

It is always better to take calcium from

food sources. But you should avoid taking calcium

supplements as calcium can leads to

formation of your kidney stones.

Always remember not too less and not too much.

Moderation is the key.

Consult a qualified dietitian for balanced dietary advice.

That’s all for today

See you next week with another Tuesday tip

Till than

Take care

Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life.

Dr Bhumita Makwana

Your dietitian & homoeopathic physician .

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