Visalus Q and A: Visalus Shakes and Kidney Stones

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Below is a question directed to Visalus Sciences and their response as it relates to Vi-Shake and people with Kidney Stones.

Question:  “I have two clients that have kidney stones. Are the shakes suitable/safe for them to consume?”

Answer:  Hi Ella, there are several different types of kidney stones:

  1. Calcium oxalate stones are the most common. They tend to form when the urine is acidic, meaning it has a low pH. Some of the oxalate in urine is produced by the body. Calcium and oxalate in the diet play a part but are not the only factors that affect the formation of calcium oxalate stones. Dietary oxalate is an organic molecule found in many vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Calcium from bone may also play a role in kidney stone formation.
  2. Calcium phosphate stones are less common. Calcium phosphate stones tend to form when the urine is alkaline, meaning it has a high pH.
  3. Uric acid stones are more likely to form when the urine is persistently acidic, which may result from a diet rich in animal proteins and purines-substances found naturally in all food but especially in organ meats, fish, and shellfish.
  4. Struvite stones result from infections in the kidney. Preventing struvite stones depends on staying infection free. Diet has not been shown to affect struvite stone formation.
  5. Cystine stones result from a rare genetic disorder that causes cystine-an amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein—to leak through the kidneys and into the urine to form crystals.

The shake has no purines, so for most people it would be helpful.  Drinking water is a key way of helping the body prevent kidney stones.

Dietary calcium typically is not the cause of the stones.

Here is a good article (link) to help.

Audrey Sommerfeld

VP Marketing and Branding ViSalus Sciences

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