Self-help: Preventing Kidney Stones

If you have kidney stones, these dietary precautions may help prevent a recurrence:

  • Drink 2–3 litres (4–6 pints) of fluids daily.

  • Drink fluids before going to bed to ensure that urine production continues overnight.

  • Drink more fluids in hot weather, after strenuous exercise, or if you have a fever.

  • Ask your doctor or dietitian if you should alter your diet, depending on what type of kidney stone you had.

  • To prevent oxalate stones, avoid foods rich in oxalic acid, such as rhubarb, spinach, and asparagus.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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