Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the kidney stones and what to do to get rid of them?

One out of ten people will get kidney stones. Of those, half will have a recurrence.

First, you need to know about supersaturation. When the fluid in your kidneys becomes too concentrated, that’s when stones form. This video focuses mainly on the most common kind which is calcium oxalate stones. One way to avoid getting stones is to drink two to three liters per day of fluid. I recommend adding electrolytes, especially potassium citrate.

Oxalates are a byproduct of metabolism. Your body makes them. They’re also found in foods, mainly plant foods. When combined with the calcium they start to form a kidney stone. Some people are sensitive to oxalates and experience pain and inflammation when they consume them.

What to Do:

You can cut down on oxalates by cutting down consumption of foods that contain them such as almonds, almond flour, and spinach. When you’re on the keto diet you tend to eat a lot of these. Check out the link below for a list of foods and their oxalate content.

You can also eat more calcium in the form of cheese such as goat cheese or sheep cheese. The calcium binds with the oxalates from other food in your digestive system, lessening the chance of them getting into your blood and filtered through your kidney.

If you have fat malabsorption, let’s say because of IBS or you had your gallbladder removed. That leaves more fat to bind with oxalates, getting absorbed into your blood and into your kidney. The remedy is to consume a little more calcium.

You can also lower oxalates by adding citrate to your diet. If you’re a stone-former you’re usually deficient in citrates. Take a lemon or lime juice. You can also take potassium citrate, magnesium citrate, or even calcium citrate.

There’s a type of stone called uric acid. They form depending on your pH, If you’re too acidic, stones can form. Consume more vegetables especially if you’re on the ketogenic diet, or take potassium citrate.

Cultivate a helpful gut flora, especially if you’ve taken antibiotics or have damage to your intestines. Take a probiotic.

Take magnesium to help reduce any calcium buildup. It’s also in leafy greens.

Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D, from sunshine or as a supplement.

Take one teaspoon of salt per day if you tend to form kidney stones.

Lastly, to prevent kidney stones, take vitamin K2 which counters calcification in your body, not only in your kidneys but also in other areas such as your joints.

Last updated: Feb 23, 2024 15:39 PM