As your doctor has told you, water is essential for your body’s health. About 80% of people are dehydrated and don’t even know it. This spells disaster for those people who are prone to kidney stones. A good rule we suggest is to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water a day.
You should know that your diet can help or hinder your health too! Here are three simple rules to remember. You should avoid high sugar foods which have been associated with kidney stones. You should also watch your red meat consumption which can make you more prone to uric acid stones. Finally, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables which contain fiber that flushes your body and could possibly pass your stones.
Drink plenty of fruit and vegetable juices such as cranberry, carrot, grape, apple, and orange juices which contain high levels of citrates. Citrates reduce the build up of uric acid and help eliminate the formation of calcium salts (cause of most kidney stones). Avoid soft drinks which contain phosphorus which can cause kidney stones.
4. Know your vitamins
There are at least 3 vitamins you should always be supplementing. For instance, many kidney stone sufferers are B-6 deficient. Therefore, you should consider taking a complete B-complex vitamin which will drastically reduce your risk.