If you’re suffering from kidney stones and every year around this time you start worrying about how to get through, or even get started with ramadan.
Maintaining a healthy diet alone doesn’t only help in getting rid of kidney stones, but it also prevents their formation.
Here are a few tips that will certainly improve your ramadan experience as a Kidney Stone Patient:
Drink Three Liters of Water a Day
Patients with kidney stones can fast during Ramadan on the condition that they drink three liters of water through the day. They can organize drinking water throughout the day to include 0.5 liter of water with lemon juice before iftar (eating iftar after 15 minutes) and 2.5 liters of water from the time between iftar till sohoor. It’s also recommended to delay taking their sohoor till dawn and drink sugar-free berry juice.
Reduce Animal Protein Intake: Patients with kidney stones should reduce animal protein intake, since it induces calcium which increases the urinary calcium excretion, thus leading to high amounts of calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate and uric acid in the kidney.
Reduce Intake of Dairy Products
Avoid foods including refined sugars, as they stimulate the pancreas to secrete insulin and thereby increasing calcium excretion.
Plant-based protein resources such as vegetables and fruits can increase kidneys’ efficiency.
Foods including oxalic acid, such as: spinach, beetroot, nuts, dried figs, red tea, caffeine and coke, should be avoided.
Reduce Daily Consumption of Salt
Increasing the consumption of foods rich in vitamin A like: cantaloupe, carrots, apricots, pumpkin, and sweet potato, is highly recommended.
Apple and Lemon juices are very healthy and useful for people with kidney stones.
Useful Herbs for the Kidneys
Best Plant-based Protein Resources
Soybeans, corn, lentils, pea and beans
Watermelon and pumpkin are useful, especially their seeds.
Soft drinks should be avoided, as they contain phosphate.
Take fewer amounts of foods that include calcium, such as: grape-leaves, spinach, dried figs, molokhiyya and arugula.
Reduce the consumption of foods high in phosphate, such as: animal guts, meats, tuna, salmon, and mackerel fish.
Foods should be included in your diet: whole-grain rice, whole-grain bread, pasta, berries, walnuts, plums, prunes.
Increase the intake of buttermilk and yogurt.