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Ask anyone who has suffered the excruciating pain of a kidney stone and they will probably tell you they would do ANYTHING to avoid a recurrence. Like most illnesses, the best tactic is prevention…but first a bit of science…
Kidney stones are usually calcium stones . They occur when calcium combines with oxylate, phosphate, or carbonate to form a stone. Uric acid can also form kidney or bladder stones.
Major causes of kidney stones include poor diet, synthetic calcium supplements, a diet too high in oxylates, dehydration, an acidic system, obesity, mineral imbalances, and sedentary lifestyles…
Dehydration is a major cause of kidney stones…strive for a minimum of 64 oz of water per day.
Vegan or vegetarian diets are associated with lower incidents of kidney stones…people who eat tons of protein and use protein supplements are putting stress on their kidneys.
Caffeine use increases risk of kidney stones.
Excess dairy foods like milk and cheese can cause kidney stones to form.
Some ideas to check if you are prone to or have a family history of kidney stones:
Trace Elements Testing: This will show your mineral levels over a long period of time and can make a huge difference.
Vitamin E can reduce calcium oxylate levels, along with vitamin B-6.
Magnesium will help the body’s use of calcium.
Finally, in the throes of an attack, I have treated patients with acupuncture by supporting the kidney’s health. In these cases, the stones have passed quickly, within a few hours of the treatments…

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Taryn DeCicco ND, LAc, LDN of Apple A Day Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been specializing in Acne, Skin, and Digestive Disorders for over 16 years.