7 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Find out how you can avoid this painful condition.

7 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “kidney stones” is “ouch!” you’re right. This painful condition develops when your urine is no longer able to hold dissolved calcium or uric acid salts because their concentrations are too high. These salts build up and form crystals which can develop into stones. The more diluted your urine is, the less likely it is that you’ll have kidney stones develop. According to the National Kidney Foundation, kidney stones are on the rise in America. Read on to learn how to prevent kidney stones from forming and how to reduce the chances of them coming back.

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Sip a Glass of Lemonade

Sip a Glass of Lemonade

Unfortunately, if you’ve had kidney stones once, you’re at a greater risk of having them again. While chronic kidney stones are often treated with potassium citrate, studies have shown that diets higher in foods with citric acid, like lemons and limes, may offer the same stone-preventing benefits. You could also drink melon juice and orange juice, both of which are good sources of citrate, according to the study results. Health experts advise you to be aware of the sugar in these beverages since that can increase kidney stone risk. Consider buying sugar-free lemonade or adding fresh lemon juice or lime juice to the water you’re drinking throughout the day.

Watch: Why You Should Start Your Day With Lemon Water

Is This the Key to Ultimate Hydration?

See how electrolytes work in your body.

Is This the Key to Ultimate Hydration?

Whether you're trying to stay hydrated for your workout routine or rehabilitation, recovery and hydration is so important to keeping your body performing like it should. So how do you make sure that happens? You need electrolytes — the minerals that give electrical power to your body. What the video below to see how they get to work inside your body and how you seamlessly add them to your day.

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