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How Low-carb Diets May Be Causing More Kidney Stones

Like many busy people, David Crossley often used to find himself so wrapped up in his working day that he would go without lunch, and often barely stopped for a cup of tea. In fact, David, 63, a musculoskeletal therapist from Birmingham, admits: 'I would often be so busy at the clinic that I'd forget to drink any liquid at all, other than the odd cup of tea or coffee. It had been the same way for years - although I would drink more water at weekends.' Last year, this habit caught up with him. He noticed a vague ache in his abdomen, stretching around to his back. 'It wasn't agonising but it just didn't feel quite right, so I went to the GP,' he says. 'As I had some bloating, he sent me for an ultrasound.' This revealed two large stones in his right kidney - a direct result, his doctors believe, of his low fluid intake. A CT scan showed that the stones were so large (6 mm across) they could not be passed naturally, and he needed surgery. One in ten of us will develop a kidney stone, and the numbers are rising dramatically. They are the result of waste products in the blood forming crystals inside the kidneys, which eventually build up into a solid lump. They can be excruciatingly pai Continue reading >>

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  1. teamzissous

    I made a post a little while back about having consistent bladder and or kidney pains whenever I was in ketosis. It took a while to correlate the pain with low carb (originally thought I may have a hernia, even a doctor thought so and ordered a CT scan, found nothing and gave up on me)
    One redditor (THANK YOU SoftwareMaven) suggested an acidic urine pH. After charting my pain and testing my urine with rapid response urinalysis strips I found that my urine was much too acidic, and it correlated with the pain.
    Apparently ketones tend to make your urine more acidic and you HAVE to balance out your protein/meat intake with alkalizing vegetables (fruits really help too) I've been following the PRAL food lists in order to help keep my urine more alkaline.
    It was also suggested that I try adding some baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to some water if I was eating a particularly acidic forming meal, and IT WORKS!
    There are also some supplementary benefits of baking soda according to examine.com, it has the same benefits of supplementing with beta alanine (reduces muscle burn when taken 60-90 min before a workout) They also note that a study has shown it has no significant effect on your blood pressure, good to know.
    note: I make a point to drink a TON of water, but it is not sufficient to balance out my urine pH.
    TL;DR Thank you SoftwareMaven! Ketosis can make your urine too acidic causing kidney/bladder pain. Eat more alkalizing vegetables (and/or fruit). Also drinking baking soda and water with your acidic forming meal can also keep your pee balanced.

  2. emag

    It's interesting that acidic foods like lemon juice, orange juice, tomatoes, and vinegar all exert a base effect...

  3. happee

    What about coffee? It's pretty acidic, would it exert a base effect as well?

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