If you have come here wondering if your diet could be affecting your urological health or contributing to urological symptoms you may be having, the answer is yes, it could be.
It’s almost always a possibility that your diet could be affecting your health in some way, shape, or form. Whether that’s with your urinary tract or other areas of your body. The food we consume is very important and has the power to affect your overall health in a lot of ways.
When it comes to urology specifically, there are certain foods and habits that can aid in healing or enhance the health of these systems. There are also foods that can contribute to urological issues that you may need to restrict based on your symptoms.
Before embarking on any dietary changes in hopes of healing urological issues, we suggest meeting with one of our urologists in Springfield or Dayton, Ohio. We would be happy to guide you in exploring how your diet could be affecting your urinary tract.
Let’s take a look at some of the more popular or effective urological diets.
Uric Acid Restricted Diet
Uric acid is a main contributor to the formation of uric acid kidney stones. If you are experiencing this type of kidney stone, it may be recommended to restrict your intake of foods containing uric acid.
Acid forming foods:
- Cranberries (juice)
- Prunes (juice)
This type of diet also includes increased alkaline forming foods such as milk, vegetables, breads, and lots of fluids.
Calcium Oxalate Restricted Diet
This type of diet will include a moderate calcium restriction which includes foods like milk, cheese, and other dairy products in addition to food high in oxalate listed below. It is important to note that these foods are not forbidden but intake should be monitored or restricted should this diet apply to your symptoms.
High oxalate foods:
- Dark green vegetables, such as spinach.
- Soda (cola).
- Soy beans.
- Soy milk.
- Sweet potatoes.
- Tea (black).
- Wheat bran.
Oxalate Restricted Diet
If you have experience with hyperoxaluria (increase oxalate excretion in urine) you likely have an increased incidence of kidney stones. Successful treatment of hyperoxaluria requires a significant reduction in intake of dietary oxalates. (listed above)
We Can Help
Again, always consult your urologist before embarking on any major dietary changes, especially in hopes of helping or treating urological symptoms. We are ready and eager to help you on the path to improved health through your diet!