Get moving to avoid stones

Inside of a generation or two, kidney stones have gone from thankfully rare to painfully common -- with the emphasis on "pain." Anyone who's ever had one will tell you the pain is off the charts.

But you don't have to be among the growing number of Americans who battle the misery of kidney stones, because there are steps you can take right now for how to avoid kidney stones.

Step one is the easiest step of all: A literal step, because walking and other forms of light exercise can actually stop stones from forming, and new research on how to avoid kidney stones shows it's especially true for women.

The study of 93,676 women between the ages 50 to 79 found that physical activity -- even light activity -- can reduce the odds of a stone by nearly a third.

That's just an average, because the more you exercise, the bigger the benefit -- and in some cases, exercise can slash the risk of stones by as much as 80 percent, according to the study presented at a recent American Urological Association meeting.

"More" doesn't mean more intense in this case. The study finds intensity doesn't matter at all -- all that really matters is that you get up and get moving.

The study was on women, but a sedentary lifestyle is a kidney stone risk factor for men and women alike. Just bear in mind that it's only one risk factor -- and not even the biggest one. But staying active rather than sedentary is a key to how to avoid kidney stones.

That distinction goes to diet, especially processed foods, and poor diet is the real reason kidney stones have shot up by 70 percent over the past 16 years. Obesity -- a consequence of poor diet and processed foods -- is also a risk factor, and the new study finds that obese women are 80 percent more likely to get stones than normal-weight women.

Since obese men and women are often sedentary -- and typically are eating far too many processed foods -- that means they often have three major risk factors for kidney stones all at once.

On the other hand, that also means you can wipe out three major risk factors all at once with one simple lifestyle change.

For more details on simple and natural ways to avoid kidney stones, be sure to read my free report, "How to avoid kidney stones."

And if you're looking for an easy way to get more exercise, try getting a dog. Keep reading for more.