If you're prone to kidney stones, staying hydrated during summer months is your best option, say experts. Go easy on meat. A diet high in animal protein increases your risk of kidney stones & eating fast food more than twice a week ups your salt intake. Limit fast foods that are high in salt. Slice up some lemons and add them to your water, lemons have citrate, which is a kidney stone inhibitor. Add juicey fruits and drink lots of water.
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Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin & helps our bodies over come depression issues & helps build strong bones. All you need is 15 minutes a day to get what you need (unless told otherwise by your doc). People take multi-vitamins think they might not be getting enough. Combining the vitamin D in a supplement with the D in your fortified milk & with D your body makes, you are probably way over on what you need. Vitamin D is stored in your system & after a period of time, excess vitamin D makes you
prone to kidney stones.When I was hospitalized with a kidney stone attack, I felt I had been stabbed in the back - it took a max dose of morphine to get relief. My day-shift nurse said she had both kidney stones & three children. "Birth pains aren't close to the pain of a kidney stone attack!"
If you are constantly on the edge of dehydration and only drink when you are thirsty, you are at a much higher risk for kidney stones. If you are in a hot dry climate where you may not notice a sweat because it dries so quickly, make an extra effort to stay hydrated. Drink a cup of Orange Juice or
Cranberry Juice weekly. The high acidity helps dissolve any forming kidney stones.
A quote from a nurse when I was in the hospital with my first case of kidney stones:
"I've had children and I've had kidney stones. I'd rather have two children then one bout with kidney stones."
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