Kidney Stones and Dietary Influences

By Wally Bishop C.N.C.
If you feel you may have kidney stones, contact your doctor for a diagnosis.

There are many reasons why people develop kidney stones; a few are genetic, metabolic, thyroid, intestinal absorption, lack of water in the diet etc... The majority of kidney stones are formed from calcium oxalate or uric acid (also causes gout). It is important to know which one of these your kidney stones are formed from. Most people in the US do not get enough dietary magnesium to move calcium into bone metabolism or for other cellular activities. Without the magnesium, the calcium can deposit into soft tissues and can form stones or calcium deposits. Make sure you are getting at least 500mg’s of magnesium per day from your diet. A lack of water in the diet can allow crystals from calcium, oxalic acid and uric acid to build up in the kidneys. Make sure you drink at least ½ your body weight in ounces of pure water per day. This helps flush the build up of calcium, oxalic acid and uric acid from the kidneys.

Oxalic acid is made by the body and is also obtained through our diet. Oxalic acid can bind with the calcium to form stones. Research is unclear if dietary oxalic acid has a role in calcium/oxalic acid kidney stones. Because of this potential relationship, it may also help to limit your intake of foods high in oxalic acid. Uric acid formed stones may be influenced from a diet rich in purines. Most animal foods are high in purines.  See the list for both oxalic acid and purine foods below. Try to focus on eating a diet of variety from the bounty of foods in the vegetative world. If a person is eating high quality nutritious foods with a good balance of nutrients, they may be able avoid stones from either source.I would highly recommend our Biosuperfood product to bring about body balance which may potentially help prevent kidney stones and other adverse health conditions.

Alternative treatments

Dr. Hulda Clark's Kidney Cleanse Recipe

 Foods High in Oxalic Acid            

       ( research is not conclusive that dietary oxalic acid contributes to kidney stones)

Vegetables containing high amount of oxalic acid are listed as follows;

  • Beets
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Celery
  • Dandelion greens
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Chives
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Green Pepper
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Turnip greens
  • Watercress
  • Okra
  • Collards
  • Escarole
  • Leeks
  • Purslane
  • Radish
  • Cassava

Fruits with a high oxalic acid content;

  • Concord grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon peel
  • Figs
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Plums
  • Tangerines
  • Star fruit

Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds high in oxalic acid include:

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Hazel nuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pecans
  • Sesame seeds
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cashews

Legumes and Grains
  Some beans and grains are rich in oxalic acid. Some of them are as follows:

  • Black beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Lima beans
  • Whole wheat
  • Oatmeal
  • Buckwheat
  • Amaranth

List of Foods High in Purines

Very High Purine Foods

  •  Liver
  •  mincemeat
  •  sardines
  •  mussels
  •  kidney
  •  anchovies
  •  mackerel
  •  herring
  •  sardines
  •  gravies
  •  sweetbreads
  •  brains and other organ meats

High Purine Foods

  • Lamb
  • lima beans
  • chicken
  • cauliflower
  • bouillon
  • beef
  • bacon
  • crab
  • goose
  • halibut
  • duck
  • ham
  • lobster
  • mutton
  • oatmeal
  • oysters
  • pork
  • sheep
  • rabbit
  • spinach
  • tripe
  • veal
  • venison
  • tuna
  • trout
  • shellfish
  • salmon
  • peas
  • kidney beans
  • carp
  • calf tongue.

The contents of this document are not and should not be considered medical advice. This document is for dietary and nutritional information only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.