Arnold Schwarzenegger Answers If High-Protein Diets Cause Kidney Stones

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Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses another myth on High Protein diets causing Kidney Stones

Arnold Schwarzenegger has found a way to connect with bodybuilding fans and does it in the form of a daily newsletter. This is where he can discuss certain myths within the fitness industry. During a recent edition of Arnold’s Pump Clubthe bodybuilding legend, Schwarzenegger touched on high-protein diets and connections to kidney stones.

Schwarzenegger referenced studies from the National Library of Medicine when discussing this topic.

“Studies suggest that higher-protein diets are not a direct cause of kidney stones. However, ignoring other nutritional needs while eating more protein could increase your risk.”

Arnold is arguably the most famous name in bodybuilding, as well as the community outside of it. He has also led quite an eccentric life — a 4-time Mr. Universe champion, and 7-time Mr. Olympia champion, an Emmy-award winning actor, and a two-term governor of California. The Arnold Sports Festival, which has been held annually since 1989, is named after him as well, and now held in multiple countries each year.

To this day, Schwarzenegger continues to keep up with his fitness, both in and out of the gym.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals If Kidney Stones Are Caused By High-Protein

Kidney stones are buildups of minerals and salt in the urinary tract and cause extreme pain.

“They tend to be associated with obesity and a lack of movement and exercise. But your diet and hydration also play a key role in prevention.”

There has been certain research that shows kidney stones are directly connected to a large amount of protein. Arnold Schwarzenegger looked into it and found that this might be true if there is no balance.

Kidney stones can form if there is a lack of variety within your diet plan. It is important to remain hydrated and add other elements as well if you are following a high-protein diet plan.

“Drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, managing salt and sugar, and having enough potassium, calcium, and vitamin C can all help reduce your likelihood of getting a stone, even if you follow a higher-protein diet.”

The diet plan is one of the most important aspects of building an elite physique and can keep your health in good standings. Arnold Schwarzenegger calls for balance no matter what you prioritize within your diet.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.