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Food to eat and avoid when you have kidney stones?
By: Admin
Sep 21, 2019

Food to eat and avoid when you have kidney stones?

Kidney stones or nephrolithiasis is a condition where the salts and minerals in the urine deposits and crystallize to form stones in the urinary tract. They vary in size, shape, and material. Smaller sized stones usually pass unnoticed through the urine but a large stone can cause severe pain and discomfort to the individual. The stones can be located anywhere in the urinary tract. Accordingly, they are named as ureterolithiasis when located in the ureters, nephrolithiasis when located in the kidneys. The pain caused by kidney stones is called renal colic.

Signs and symptoms

  • Dull aching pain in the flank radiating to the groins
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent urinary tract infection
  • Blood in the urine
  • Discoloration or strong-smelling urine
  • Fever and chills
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Burning micturition


Sometimes the stone may impact on tract and cause blockage and infection.


  • Lack of sufficient water in the body
  • Acidic urine
  • Certain medicines and medical conditions like urinary tract infections, renal tubular acidosis, hyperparathyroidism, inflammatory bowel diseases increase the risk of kidney stones.

Risk factors

  • Sex: Kidney stones are more common in males than females
  • Age: People between the ages of 30 and 50 years
  • A family history of kidney stones
  • History of a previous kidney stone
  • Certain medications
  • Prolonged usage of vitamin D and calcium supplements
  • Diet that is high in protein and sodium
  • Obesity and sedentary lifestyle
  • Certain diseases conditions such as high blood pressure, and conditions which affects the absorption of minerals such as inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic diarrhea, etc.

Types of kidney stones

The different types of kidney stones include:

  • Calcium stones
  • Uric acid stones
  • Struvite stones
  • Cystine stones

Diagnostic tests

  • Blood tests for calcium, phosphorus, uric acid, and electrolytes
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine to assess the kidney function
  • Urinalysis to check for crystals, bacteria, blood, and white cells
  • Examination of passed stones to determine their type
  • Abdominal X-rays
  • Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
  • Ultrasound of the kidney
  • Abdominal CT scan
  • The contrast dyes given during the CT scan and the IVP can affect the kidney function.

Management of renal stones through diet

  • Drinking enough water and fluids such as juices, lemonade, etc., to make the urine completely clear and stay hydrated.
  • The water in which the kidney beans boiled can be consumed as it helps with the passage of stones.
  • Take lots of basil, celery, apples, grapes and pomegranates.
  • When the stones are due to low citrate levels citric fruit juices can be useful.
  • Reduce the intake of oxalate-rich foods like nuts and nut products, peanuts—which are legumes, not nuts, and are high in oxalate, rhubarb, spinach and wheat bran.
  • Reduce the intake of salt, sugar and animal proteins.
  • Drink 12 glasses of water a day.
  • Citrus fruit, and their juice, can help reduce the formation of stones.
  • Eat food rich in calcium instead of taking supplements.
  • The sources of calcium include milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, legumes, calcium-set tofu, dark green vegetables, nuts, seeds, and blackstrap molasses.
  • Include fishes, such as salmon, and egg yolks.
  • Avoid tinned and canned products, fast food and salted snacks.
  • Avoid taking or take food such as red meat, pork, chicken, poultry, fish, and eggs, in moderation as they increase the amount of uric acid and acidity of the urine.
  • Instead of animal protein, take vegetarian protein such as quinoa, tofu, hummus, chia seeds, and yogurt.
  • Avoid chocolates, beets, nuts, tea and spinach.
  • Avoid carbonated drinks and processed foods.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.

  • Avoid taking high doses of vitamin C.
  • The DASH (full form: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is recommended for many health problems including renal stones. It includes rich vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. It helps to limit the intake of sodium, sugar, and red meat.
  • Increase the intake of magnesium from the food sources like almonds, cashews, dry roasted, cereal, shredded wheat, soymilk, plain or vanilla, black beans.

Homeopathic Remedies For Kidney Stones

Medorrhinum: Renal colic with cold fingers worse while coughing. Renal colic with tenesmus when urinating. Severe pain in renal region better by profuse urination. Intense pain in ureter. Urine flows very slowly.

Sarsaparilla: It is the best homeopathic remedy to help with the passage of small calculi or gravel. Renal colic with excruciating pains from right kidney downwards. Unbearable pain at conclusion of urination. Urine bloody, scanty, slimy, flaky, sandy, copious, passed without sensation and deposits of white sand. Painful distension of the bladder. Urine leaks while sitting, passes freely when standing.

Nux-vomica: It is a great homeopathic remedy indicated for right sided renal colic. Pain extends from the back to the right thigh and the groins. Frequent and ineffectual urge for urination and dribbling of urine. While urinating, itching in urethra and pain in neck of bladder. Backache, must sit up or turn over in the bed.

Cantharis: Intolerable and constant urging to urinate before, during and after urination. Burning, scalding urine with intolerable urge and severe tenesmus. Urine is passed drop by drop. The urine scalds the passage. Jelly-like urine. Haematuria, passing but a few drops at a time, which is mixed with blood. Drinking even small quantities of water increases the pain and pressure in the bladder.

Berberis vulgaris: It is the best homeopathic remedy indicated for left sided kidney stones. cutting pain from the left kidney to left side of the urethra along the course of the ureter. Red colored urine with bright red sediment. Burning and soreness in region of kidneys. Pain in small of back, very sensitive when touched especially in the renal region. Bubbling sensation in kidneys. Urine blood red, with thick, slimy mucus, reddish or jelly like sediment.

Lycopodium Clavatum: It is indicated for right sided renal colic. Pain in back relieved by urinating. Urine passes very slowly. Increased and frequent urination at night. Red sand in urine. Uric acid diathesis.

Hydrangea Arborescens: It is one of the best homeopathic medicines for kidney stone and it is called the stone breaker. It crushes the kidney stones and in ureter as well as bladder. White deposits or yellow sand in urine. Soreness in kidney region.

Ocimum cannum: It is indicated for right sided kidney stones with pain, nausea and vomiting. Red coloured urine, tenesmus of bladder, burning micturition and restlessness.

Tabacum: Violent colic especially left sided with spasmodic pains along the ureter. Violent nausea and vomiting with cold sweat.

Belladonna: Violent spasmodic pains especially of the right side. Pain comes suddenly and cease suddenly. Pains usually in short attacks.

Chamomilla: It is indicated for unbearable pain in loins and the flanks. Pains drives to despair with heat, thirst, fainting and numbness of affected parts.

Colocynth: Pain in the abdomen on urinating. Vesical catarrh, mucus discharge like white of the egg. Red hard crystals. Left sided renal colic. Abdominal pain causing patient to bend double, twisting and turning to obtain relief with restlessness.

Pareira Brava: Urine is passed with severe pain. The pain radiates from back down to the thighs. Red sand or stingy mucus in the urine. Constant urge with great straining. Can pass urine only when gets on his knees and pressing the head firmly against the floor. Black, bloody, thick mucus urine. Dribbling after micturition. It is especially indicated for men with urethritis, and prostatitis.

Fabiana Imbricata: Painful and excoriating urine with calculi. Uric acid diathesis. It is a powerful diuretic. Vesical tenesmus and burning after urination. Dysuria, cystitis, prostatitis, gonorrhea.

Hedeoma: It is indicated for dull burning pain over left kidney and along the left ureter. Dragging pain from kidney to bladder. Red sand in urine. Frequent urge with cutting pains.

Epigea Repens: Fine sand in urine. Dark brown urine. Dysuria with tenesmus after urination. Burning in neck of bladder while urinating. It is indicated for chronic cystitis, pyelitis, and incontinence of urine.

Thlaspi: Urine heavy, phosphatic with brick red sediment. Dysuria with spasmodic retention. Uric acid diathesis. Renal colic with vesical irritation and urethritis.

Solidago: Urine reddish, scanty, painful with thick sediment. Pain in kidneys extends from back to abdomen and the bladder. Kidneys sensitive to pressure. Backache from congested kidneys.

Some of the best homeopathic products for Kidney stones are Schwabe India’s, Ammi visnaga MT, Berberis Pentarkan, Agrimonia eupatoria MT, Chimaphila umbellata MT, Borago officinalis MT, etc.


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