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Lifestyle Changes to Manage Kidney Stones
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Reduce your intake of dietary sodium. Some of these include:
- Lunch meats and cured meats like ham, sausage, and bacon
- Salted snacks
- Prepared salad dressings, mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, and barbecue sauce
- Pickled foods and olives
- Canned soup and bouillon
- Reduce your intake of animal protein. Animal protein includes meat, poultry, fish, and eggs.
- Maintain proper calcium intake from food or calcium supplements.
- Wheat bran
- Brewed tea
- If you have questions about your diet or your medication
- If you are experiencing any side effects from your medication
- If you are having difficulty with bladder control as a result of increasing your fluid intake
Diet and kidney stones. National Kidney Foundation website. Available at: http://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/diet.cfm. Updated September 2011. Accessed April 17, 2013.
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Kidney stones in adults. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/stonesadults/index.htm. Updated January 28, 2013. Accessed April 17, 2013.
Nephrolithiasis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 22, 2013. Accessed April 17, 2013.
Siener R. Impact of dietary habits on stone incidence. Urol Res. 2006;34:131-133.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014
- Update Date: 04/29/2014