Water: The Secret Weapon to Preventing Kidney Stones
Kidney stones: Two simple words that are enough to make the toughest person cringe. If you’ve had them before, you sure don’t want them again.
We’re talking about little mineral deposits that form in your kidneys and can wreak havoc on your urinary system, causing intense discomfort as they travel through your body and eventually pass. The pain has been compared to that of childbirth.
But there’s good news for those looking to prevent these sharp little pests from rearing their ugly, jagged heads. It turns out, one of the best things you can do to prevent kidney stones (Nephrolithiasis) from forming is to drink plenty of water.
That’s right, salvation from kidney stones can be as simple as a glass (or eight) of refreshing H2O. According to a study published last year by the Annals of Internal Medicine, doctors now recommend drinking eight to ten eight-ounce glasses of water per day if you want to prevent kidney stone recurrence.
The study suggests that previous sufferers that drank the recommended amount of water were 15% less likely to develop future kidney stones. If you’ve had a tussle with one in the past, you’d probably take any advantage you could in the fight to prevent future occurrences.
Staying properly hydrated, as you know, has a whole host of marvelous health benefits. Water can help you lose weight and improve your metabolism. It helps prevent muscle fatigue during exercise. It can even help keep you healthy during peak cold and flu season. If you were on the fence about the benefits of staying hydrated before, these new kidney stone prevention recommendations should have you reaching for a bottle of water.
As it turns out, drinking plenty of water isn’t the only thing you can do to help keep your kidneys pebble free. Cutting down on, or cutting out cola completely, was also shown to reduce the risk of kidney stone recurrence. Some medical professionals believe that the phosphoric acid in colas can acidify urine, leading to the formation of kidney stones.
Instead of sugar-packed, acid-filled sodas, try our All-Natural Cap10 Sparkling Mineral Water as a delicious alternative! Cap10 has zero calories and plenty of refreshing flavors to help keep you healthy and hydrated.
How do you get your eight glasses of water in per day? Do the kidney stone prevention benefits have you thirsty for more? Tell us what you think in the comments below!