Today I want to cover the difference between a gallstone and a kidney stone and how they develop to begin with.
The most common type of kidney stone is the calcium oxalate stone. The urine is becoming super concentrated, and the oxalates are forming with the calcium. Certain foods, even keto-friendly foods, are high in oxalates.
Foods high in oxalates:
• Black tea
• Beet tops
How to help minimize the risk of forming a calcium oxalate stone:
• Drink plenty of fluids (at least 2.5 liters of fluid every day)
• Potassium citrate (add lemon juice to your water)
Other types of kidney stones that are less common:
• Calcium phosphate
• Uric acid
Gallstones are completely different. They can be caused by a lack of bile. Over 80% of gallstones are cholesterol stones, which form because of supersaturated cholesterol. Typically, the cholesterol is supersaturated because of a lack of bile.
A few causes of a bile deficiency:
• Damage to the liver
• Low-fat diets
• High insulin
• High cortisol
• High estrogen
How to help minimize the risk of gallstones:
• Keep insulin in check
• Keep stress down (cortisol)
• Keep estrogen low
• Keep enough bile
• Take purified bile salts (if you’re at risk for getting gallstones or if you have liver damage)
20% of gallstones are calcium stones. Those are primarily related to taking calcium supplements, specifically calcium carbonate.
Thanks for watching! I hope this helps explain the difference between a gallstone and a kidney stone and how they develop to begin with.