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Preventing Kidney Stones with Your Diet Santa Monica, CA
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If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you know the excruciating discomfort hat can accompany these mineral deposits when they try to pass through the urinary tract. Unfortunately, it is common for individuals to suffer from recurring kidney stones. In fact, once you’ve had one kidney stone, you are 50% more likely to get another within the next 10 years!

While there is not a guaranteed way to prevent kidney stones, there are some things you can do to lessen your risk. Beyond medications and lifestyle changes, there are certain dietary habits that can help you avoid the dreaded discomfort of a kidney stone.

The following simple adjustments to your diet are an excellent way to prevent kidney stones naturally:

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! When you drink more water, your urine becomes less concentrated. This makes it easier to dissolve the urine salts that cause kidney stones. In addition to extra glasses of water each day, consider beverages with citrates, such as lemonade and orange juice. Stay away from soft drinks and sweet tea.

Get More Calcium. Many kidney stones are called calcium stones. However, this isn’t because you’ve consumed too much calcium. In fact, you’ll need to increase your calcium intake to help prevent these types of kidney stones. In addition to calcium supplements, you may want to add low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese to your diet.

Lighten Up on Sodium. It is proven that a high-salt diet can contribute to kidney stones. Large amounts of sodium can inhibit calcium from being reabsorbed from your urine to your blood, which leads to high urine calcium and kidney stones. Watch your sodium intake carefully, especially when it comes to processed foods.

Limit Oxalate-Rich Foods. Oxalate is a compound that binds with calcium in the urine to form a kidney stone. Therefore, it is important to eat fewer amounts of the foods and drinks that contain oxalate, which include spinach, chocolate, sweet potatoes, coffee, peanuts and wheat bran.

Reduce Animal Protein. It is helpful to keep your urine acids low if you want to prevent kidney stones. Animal proteins, such as those from beef, poultry, fish and pork, can increase the acidity of the urine and contribute to both uric acid and calcium oxalate kidney stones.

At the office of Dr. Brent Michael, we want to help you avoid the unbearable discomfort of having a kidney stone. Kidney stones can often be treated at home, but surgical treatment is sometimes necessary. Most importantly, we work with patients to establish lifestyle and dietary habits that reduce the risk of kidney stones. If these changes are not enough, we can also recommend preventative medication depending on the specific type of kidney stones that you are prone to. Call our Santa Monica clinic today to learn more.

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

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Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM