As a young 24 year old vegan, kidney stones were the last thing that I expected myself to get struck with. From what I’ve read so far, it appears that they are typically caused by only a few different things;
- A high protein, low fibre diet
- Chronic dehydration
And as someone who does not consume any animal products, rarely consumes alcohol, has no family history of kidney stones, I certainly did not see them coming. Chances are, you may not see them coming for yourself, either.
When it comes to preventing kidney stones, some recommendations from the Kidney Stone Clinic in Sydney Australia include;
- Decrease protein intake
- Increase fluid intake – it is important to drink 8-10 glasses of water (2.5L) every day, spread out through out the day.
- Decrease salt intake.
If you think you may already have kidney stones, (your doctor will probably diagnose you stones through an ultrasound (which is what happened to me)), there are a few ways to treat them – if they are small enough, you can just pass them naturally, however if they are larger you may be given medication from your doctor to a) stop any pain you are feeling b) prevent any muscles spasming throughout the process and c) to help break down the stones themselves, that you CAN pass them.
They may not be fun, but with a few tweaks to your diet and lifestyle should set you back on track and help prevent them in future.