Water Prevents Kidney Stones

Kriss Szkurlatowski (sxc.hu)

To prevent kidney stones, drink plenty of liquids. Dehydration can make stones more likely. Extra fluid intake helps keep urine flowing so that stones do not have the time or opportunity to form. Some people benefit from drinking large quantities of liquids containing citrate, such as lemonade, which can reduce the likelihood of a chemical reaction in your urine that would cause new stones to form. Also, ask your doctor whether changes in your diet may make stones less likely. If you have had kidney stones or have a family history of them, see a urologist or nephrologist (kidney specialist).

Source: Bryan N. Becker, MD, professor of medicine, physician-in-chief and vice chair of the department of medicine and head of the nephrology section at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison.

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