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Kidney Stones and Water Intake

Hydrate

Kidney stones are hard masses of crystals, and can be made up of various substances, such as calcium or uric acid. The mass generally forms when the urine has high levels of a certain substance, which crystallizes to form the stone. Dehydration is often the culprit, because there is not enough water in the urine to dilute the offending substance.

Increase Water Intake to Prevent or Reduce Kidney Stones

Method

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.

Why It Works

When there is plenty of water to pass into the urine, the urine is not as concentrated and substances that form kidney stones are more dilute. This helps keep stones from forming, and helps keep small stones from getting larger. It also makes it easier to pass the tiny stones and normal deposits of these substances before they have the chance to grow larger.

Precautions

Always see your health care provider if you think you have kidney stones.

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