The reason behind this is that water helps keep your urine diluted. When your urine is diluted, it lowers the chances that stones will form in your kidneys.
Avoid stone-forming foods
A lot of foods can be stone-forming if you eat them in large amounts. These include the following foods3:
- Beets, leeks, sweet potatoes, squash
- Tea and instant coffee
- Tofu, peanuts, chocolate
- Herring, anchovies, sardines
- Asparagus, cauliflower, and dark green leafy vegetables
- Salty foods such as chips
- Organ meats and red meats
You don’t necessarily need to cut out these foods from your diet. However, it’s important to be mindful of these foods, and try to limit your intake in order to lower the risk of forming kidney stones.
Up your calcium intake
If you consume low amounts of calcium in your diet, the chances of developing calcium stones increases. So it’s a good idea to eat more foods that are rich in calcium4.
This is because the calcium in the food you eat binds to the oxalate in the intestines. This helps lower the chances that calcium oxalate stones will form in your kidneys.
However, take note that you should not take calcium supplements. It’s best to eat more dietary calcium rather than supplements because the latter might increase the risk of kidney stone formation.
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