The DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension has been making headlines of late because it has been linked to a lower risk of dementia. Now a new study suggests that it may also reduce the likelihood of developing kidney stones. More than 200,000 people filled out diet questionnaires every few years for 14 to 18 years. Those whose diets had the most vegetables, fruits and legumes and the least red meat were at least 40 percent less likely to develop a kidney stone. A DASH-type diet seems to be good for the heart, the brain and maybe even the kidneys.
[Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, online August 13, 2009]

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  1. Kjirstin

    Just wanted to let everyone know I have eliminated my kidney stones now. I haven’t had one for over a year. What did I do? Cut way down on sugar, drink LOTS of water every day, and I found if I felt the flank pain coming on to signal another stone, it only took me 1/3 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice to make it go away. It works!
    P.S. I fired my kidney doctor. He had bowls of candy in his waiting room! Talk about job security…sheesh!

  2. Laura

    I am so glad to have this article. My brother was in problem of kidney stone but after getting diet for it and getting much more proper food and intake water as well.

  3. Kjirstin

    I’m almost a vegetarian, eat plenty of fruits, veggies and legumes, no red meat, with fish twice per week and chicken only now and then. I still get kidney stones every three to six weeks. Go figure.
    Thankfully, they are the calcium type, and I drink a full glass of straight lemon juice (hey, it beats the stones, okay?) at the first sign of flank pain when I know one is coming on, and I eliminate the nausea and most of the heaviest pain. It sure beats the $3,000 bill from the emergency room with the MRI to tell me what I already knew! The best part? No painkillers needed, and I can continue to function. Yeah!!!
    The concentrated stuff in the green bottles works just as well as fresh-squeezed juice, so I keep it in my fridge always. If you get frequent kidney stones of the common calcium type, you owe it to yourself to try this cure before rushing off to the hospital.

  4. RMD

    Surprise! What will they think of next? Fruits, vegetables and legumes are good for you, your heart, your brain and now even your kidneys. Let’s have some more studies to tell us the obvious, maybe they’ll even find out these are also good for the other organs of the body. I can save the researchers some time and money, Clean Water is also good for you. DUH
    BTW: I first learned the above in elementary school from a book on nutrition and that was a very long time ago.

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