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tea and kidney stones
sherm80 posted:
I am a tea drinker (hot tea), 2-3 cups/day, so how much tea is too much in relation to kidney stones?? Also, all the supplements I take, vit D, calcium, fish oil contain this "oxalate" substance, along with spinach and sweet potatoes, that I also enjoy thoroughly. Do I stop eating completely?? Haha, would appear so with all these "pitfalls" you are warned about on a daily basis!!

I've never had a stone, but would like also to AVOID one! Thanx for your input.
John-SKPT responded:
Read this. This doc says it better and more all-encompassingly than I could.

Stones just cannot be successfully managed by guesswork and by the myths that abound on the internet. It requires a lot of data as to the composition of the stone, and it requires careful analysis of what goes on metabolically between the time that we eat or drink something, and the time we excrete urine. It's complicated but it's the only way to battle stones.
Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Sherm80,

WebMD has some information that might help: Kidney Stones - What Increases Your Risk The article states:

"Risk factors you can control

Risk factors for both new and recurring kidney stones that you can control include:

* Fluids you drink.
o The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water. Try to drink enough water to keep your urine clear (about 8 to 10 glasses of water a day).
o Drinking grapefruit juice may increase your risk for developing kidney stones.
* Diet. If you think that your diet may be a problem, schedule an appointment with a dietitian and review your food choices.
o Vitamins C and D can increase your risk of kidney stones when you take more than the daily recommendations. Read supplement labels carefully, and do not take more than the recommended daily doses.
o Levels of calcium affect your risk of kidney stones. Getting your recommended amounts of calcium combined with a low-sodium, low-protein diet may decrease your risk of kidney stones.
o Diets high in protein, sodium, and oxalate-rich foods, such as dark green vegetables, increase your risk for developing kidney stones.
* Weight and weight gain. Weight gain can result in both insulin resistance and increased calcium in the urine, which can result in a greater risk for kidney stones. In one study, weight gain since early adulthood, a high body mass index (BMI), and a large waist size increased a person's risk for kidney stones.4
* Activity level. People who are not very active may have more problems with kidney stones.
* Medicine. Some medicines, such as acetazolamide (Diamox), or indinavir (Crixivan), can cause kidney stones to form."

Consider speaking to your PCP about your diet and your concern of kidney stones. Please keep us updated. :)

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