Friday, October 8, 2010

Kidney Stone Protection and Designer Meals



Let’s talk about the potatoes a bit, beside the fact, they are good for us.  They are fat-free and they are cholesterol-free; they contain a good source of vitamins and minerals  such as potassium and sodium.  The skins contain many of the vitamins, minerals, and fiber in potatoes, which is so important. Fiber, Fiber, Fiber.   They also contain antioxidants, too; however, it’s really what we top the baked potato with that can be either healthy or unhealthy, but we’ll save that for another post at a different time and topic.

What are kidney stones?  They are pebble-like crystals that form when certain chemicals build up in our urine.

Who get them?  One out of 10 people suffers a kidney stone during their lifetime.  It is reported that men are more prone to them than women, but kidney problems and family history also put us at risk.

What are the symptoms?

  • cloudy, bloody, burning urine
  • urge to urinate often
  • stabbing, irregular pain in the back or side
  • fever, chills, weakness,
  • nausea or vomiting

We need the “the fabulous 4” to help us with kidney stone prevention.  The nutrients our kidneys require to stay healthy—magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin B6.  The following meal plan teams these nutrients together with other kidney -friendly food components.  It’s an example, of how to make the “fabulous 4” a regular part of our daily diet:

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  • a bowl of oatmeal
  • fresh raspberries

Whole grains, like those in hearty oatmeal, are super sources of magnesium.  This multi-talented mineral and fantastic group of minerals helps the body recycle oxalate, so the compound doesn’t build-up in our urine.

Besides magnesium, oatmeal is tops in fiber, too.  One cup can have as many as 4 grams.  Along with the fiber in fresh raspberries, this will put us well on our way to the daily fiber requirement for people age 50 and over.  Research shows that even just 10 to 15 grams of fiber a day might help prevent kidney stones.



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  • a tossed salad with avocado slices
  • a baked potato
  • a glass of lemonade

The salad and the baked potato will boost our potassium levels.  This vital nutrient lowers the calcium levels in our urine, which then lowers our risk of forming stones.  Most fruits and vegetables contain potassium, as do legumes, dairy foods, and fish.

The steamy baked potato and avocado come with another stone-stopping nutrient – vitamin B6.  Just as magnesium does, vitamin B6 helps our bodies maintain safe oxalate levels.  Other major sources are fortified cereals, bananas, and prunes.

For beverages, enjoy refreshing lemonade.  Its tartness comes from citric acid, a substance that dissolves stones before they grow painfully big.  For homemade lemonade, mix 4 ounces of lemon juice with 2 quarts of water and sweeten lightly.   This recipe seemed to do the trick in a recent small study.

As for other citrus drinks, they can’t compare with lemonade.  Orange juice has five times less citric acid than its popular counterpart.  And grapefruit juice, despite its citric acid, may increase our odds of forming kidney stones.



  • low-fat yogurt
  • dried-fruit trail mix

Calcium from foods like yogurt may blind with oxalate in our system and make it harmless.  Besides yogurt, the mineral’s sources include other low-fat dairy products, sardines, broccoli, black-eyed peas, and turnip greens.

Tell kidney stones to take a hike with the magnesium we get from the dried fruit trail mix. Or snack on the mineral’s other sources –seeds, legumes, artichokes, beet greens, and, rice.


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  • a salmon filet
  • black beans and yellow or almond rice
  • wedge of honeydew melon

The least meal of the day will round out your supply of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6.  By this time, the fabulous 4 will be a real big hit with our kidneys!

PS:  I haven’t had another kidney stone in approximately 10 years!  When I was wheeled into surgery, my physician said, “I won’t start without you.” :)


1. Inner Healing Power of Foods. Copyright 2004 Frank Cawood Medical Publishing

2. National Kidney and Urological diseases Information Clearing House. ; Accessed October 08, 2010.

3. USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference;;

Accessed October 08, 2010.


Thank you for reading and have a great day!



  1. Most kidney stones are 95% crystalline, while the rest is organic material. No kidney stone disorder can be explained by nutrition alone.

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    God bless and more power..

  3. I Kidney stones can form when urine contains too much of certain substances. These substances can create small crystals that become stones.
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  4. Hi Anthony
    I had my one and only episode of kidney stone pain 18 months ago, so I understand what the pain is like. After a lot of research I now live completely pain free (No More Kidney Stones). I built a site about the relief of Kidney Stone Pain, the causes of Kidney Stones and how to prevent Kidney Stones from ever coming back. Take a look, it may help.

  5. Thank you for sharing your experience; however, sorry that you had to endure this kind of pain. From my own personal experience, I can relate to your "screaming." (I'm glad that your girlfriend was able to get help.)

    As you suggested, I did take a look at your website. Again, thanks for sharing and for stopping by.

    To your health,
    Anthony :)

  6. Hi,
    Interesting Diet, it should help with Kidney Stones, but if you do get a Kidney Stone then the "Kidney Stone Removal Report" seems to be a good choice.


  7. Hi James,

    Seems like research Joe Barton may be on to something with the "Kidney Stone removal Report."

    Thanks for stopping by to comment.

  8. My husband is getting diet for kidney stone and hope it will work very well with it. Anyway, thanks for sharing

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