The contest for “worst pain in the world” has a LOT of leading candidates. But kidney stones have got to be right near the top of that excruciating list.
If you’ve ever had one, just reading those two words can make you wince. And if you ARE wincing right now, I bet one of your top goals in life is to ensure you NEVER have kidney stones again.
Now, a new report reveals some steps to help you do just that.
If you’re prone to stones, you can start by avoiding a few supplements that can promote them in folks who happen to be sensitive. Two are so common there’s a good chance you’re taking them.
Stone risk can soar 40% with high doses of THIS
As bad as the pain from kidney stones is, one of the most horrifying parts of the ordeal is yet to come. And that’s the realization that it’s not always over when you pass the stone.
Kidney stones can come back. In fact, about one in three patients who’ve had one have another one within 10 years. And some incredibly unlucky folks battle them again and again.
In many cases, kidney stones are related to diet mistakes which most of us are guilty of making from time to time. And that includes things like indulging in junk food and soda too often.
But a new report reveals even some downright “good for you” habits could cause stones to form too. And they may even include things you’re taking to STAY healthy.
For example, with the triple threat of cold, flu, and coronavirus circulating, right now, millions of us are loading up on vitamin C. Vitamin C IS an excellent choice for most folks who want to support a healthy immune system.
But C isn’t the best choice for everyone. The Therapeutic Research Center report – which analyzes studies and makes recommendations for pharmacists and doctors – finds that patients with a history of kidney stones might want to avoid high doses of vitamin C.
Taking one gram per day or more can increase the risk of stones by 40 percent in people who’ve already had them. And in some men, even 250 mg per day can raise the odds of the kidney stones making another appearance.
AVOID a new battle with kidney stones
This doesn’t mean everyone should avoid vitamin C, of course. There are plenty of good reasons to keep your C topped up.
Besides shoring up your immune system, the vitamin could help in a fight against cancer. Plus, higher doses of vitamin C can help prevent another top pain condition: gout.
But if you’ve had kidney stones, you’ll want to watch your C intake.
The report also warns against high-dose vitamin D in folks with a history of the condition. But the researchers add that 400-1,000 IU per day should be safe for most people.
Cranberry extract, which some take for urinary tract infections, and soy are on the proceed-with-caution list too. Both contain the oxalates that help form calcium oxalate stones.
The report stops there. But there are other, more proactive steps you can take to reduce your risk of new kidney stones. Magnesium and vitamin B6, for example, can help dissolve excess calcium, so it doesn’t pair up with the oxalates to create stones. Plus, you can drink more water… cut back on salt… and consider eating more citrus fruits as citrate can help stop kidney stones from forming.