Kidney stones are hard masses of crystals, and can be made up of various substances, such as calcium or uric acid. The mass generally forms when the urine has high levels of a certain substance, which crystallizes to form the stone. Dehydration is often the culprit, because there is not enough water in the urine to dilute the offending substance.
Reducing Red Meat Intake to Prevent Kidney Stones
- Eliminating red meat entirely from the diet would offer the most benefit. If you do eat red meat, limit your portion to no larger than a deck of cards, and certainly don’t eat it every day.
Why It Works
Eating lots of red meat, which is high in a compound called purine, lowers the ph of the urine, which causes an increase in the release of uric acid. As we learned, too much uric acid in the urine will cause the acid to crystallize into stones.
Always check with your healthcare provider if you think you have kidney stones. Eliminating red meat will not cure the condition – only help prevent it.