How to Naturally Prevent Kidney Stones

How to Naturally Prevent Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are not pleasant at all, but they are a common side effect of poor hydration.

Nowadays, more and more people encounter this issue due to their lifestyle. If you have downloaded our free app, you'll have access to WaterMinders, a plugin that adds customized reminders at the interval and time you specify. We have added this feature because we know how easy it is to get carried away with daily chores and forgetting to hydrate ourselves.

However, prevention is not hard. You just need to pay a bit of attention to your diet and lifestyle in order to escape painful side effects.

Here’s a list of natural ways to keep these unpleasant stones from forming.



Hydration is Key

Water is the number one enemy of kidney stones. It makes your urine less concentrated.

You can tell if you are drinking enough water by checking the color of your urine. Pale yellow or clear urine are signs of proper hydration. However, the moment its color becomes darker, you need to drink more. This helps dissolve urine salts which form kidney stones.

You could also add lemon to your water. The citrate will aid in their prevention. The recommended dose of water is around 2 liters/day. If you exercise or sweat a lot, you'll definitely need to drink more. [1] , [2]



Consume Enough Calcium and Magnesium

The calcium oxalate stone is the most common one. This happens due to low calcium intake. It might sound weird, but not having enough calcium and magnesium in your body might lead to kidney stones.

The most important thing is not to rely on supplements. You could take them with meals as long as food stays your main source of nutrients. People who don't consume dairy products have plenty of alternatives, but they will need to keep track of their nutrients. Calcium and magnesium go hand in hand, therefore do not consume one and neglect the other. [1]



Reduce Sodium Intake

People tend to exaggerate when it comes to sodium intake. It is understandable since our taste buds got used to salty foods, it's the cheapest and fastest way to flavor a dish!

Apart from replacing the cheap table salt with healthier alternatives, people who are prone to kidney stones (if it runs in the family for example) have to be more diligent. The high amounts of sodium help calcium stay in the urine instead of going into the blood. This causes high urine calcium which leads to the formation of stones. [1] , [2]



Limit Animal Protein

Protein is very important for the body, but it shouldn't be consumed in excess because it boosts the level of uric acid and reduces the amount of citrate. That's why people who consume a diet high in protein need to increase their water intake. Bodybuilders who take whey protein powder and/or other supplements need to stay very well hydrated.

However, if you are simply a meat lover, make sure you don't eat it in excess, keeping in mind how many eggs and how much seafood you consume. [1] , [2]



Try Herbal Remedies

In each culture, there are certain plants which are known to have diuretic effects.

The Gale of The Wind (Chanca Piedra) is one of the folk remedies for kidney stones.

People also use hibiscus, horsetail, dandelion, juniper, and green and black tea. However, be cautious and do not consume them in excess because homeopathic remedies are not well-researched. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before consuming any herbal remedies. [1] , [2]