Diet Therapy for Kidney Stones
For controlling the formation of calcium phosphate stones, a moderately low calcium and phosphorous diet should be taken. In this diet, milk should constitute the main source of calcium and curd or cottage cheese, lentils and groundnuts should form the main sources of phosphorous.
Foods which should be avoided are whole wheat flour, bengal gram, peas, soyabeans, beets, spinach, cauliflower, turnips, carrots, almonds and coconuts. The foods considered irritants to the kidneys are alcoholic beverages, condiments, pickles, certain vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, rhubarb, water-cress and those with strong aroma such as asparagus, onions, beans, cabbage and cauliflower, meat, gravies and carbonated waters.
When stones are composed of calcium and magnesium phosphates and carbonates, the diet should be so regulated as to maintain acidic urine. In such a diet, only half a litre of milk, two servings of fruits and two servings of vegetables should be taken. The vegetables may consist of asparagus, fresh green peas, squash, pumpkins, turnips, cauliflower, cabbage and tomatoes. For fruits, watermelon, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapple, papayas and guavas may be taken.
When the stones contain oxalate, foods with high oxalic acid content should be avoided. These foods include almonds, beetroots, brinjal, brown bread, cabbage, cherry and chocolate, French-beans, potatoes, radish, spinach and soyabeans. Uric stones occur in patients who have an increased uric acid in the blood and increased uric acid exertion in the urine.
Home Remedies for Kidney Stones
1. Kidney beans, also known as French beans or common beans, are regarded as a very effective remedy for kidney problems, including kidney stones.
2. In case of kidney stones, basil juice and honey should be taken for 6 months. It has been found that the stones can be expelled from the urinary tract with this treatment.
3. The celery is also a valuable food for those who are prone to stone formation in the kidneys or the gall bladder. Its regular use prevents future tone formation.
Exercise for Kidney Stones
Certain yoga asanas such as Pavana Muktasana, Uthanpadasana, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana and Halasana are also highly beneficial as they stimulate the kidneys.
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