2. Consume Coffee
While coffee is a standard way for millions of Americans to get going in the morning, it turns out it can also be an ally when it comes to preventing kidney stones, according to Prevention.
The source cites a study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology that shows those who drink at least 1-cup of caffeinated coffee per day have a 26-percent lower chance of forming kidney stones. Those who drink decaf coffee still have a 16-percent lower chance, it adds.
3. Hand Them Lemonade
According to the National Kidney Foundation, lemonade is high in natural citrate, and has the same stone-preventing benefits as potassium citrate used to treat chronic kidney stones.
It does warn of sugar content, however, noting it can raise kidney stone risk. The source suggests trying sugar-free lemonade, or making your own by mixing lemon (or lime) juice with water and using a non-sugar sweetener if you prefer. The source notes “citrate in the urine may prevent the calcium from binding with other constituents that lead to stones.”
4. Consider Calcium
Speaking of calcium, Healthline says it’s often falsely blamed for causing kidney stones – after all, it says the most common type of stone is the calcium oxalate stone.
However, while many people use this info as a reason to avoid calcium, low-calcium diets may actually increase your chance of developing kidney stones, it adds. However, try to get your calcium from food sources such as low-fat milk or cheese, rather than supplements that can increase risk (if you take supplements, take them with a meal to limit that risk).