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The summer is often referred to as kidney stone season and for good reason. We all know when it is hot out, our bodies try to cool off by sweating. It’s hard to keep cool when you aren’t properly hydrated. Dehydration is the most common cause of kidney stones.
Kidney stones are hard clumps of minerals that sometimes form when your body doesn’t have enough natural chemicals in urine that prevent clumping. These clumps, or stones, can be very painful as they move from your kidneys and through your system. They form when the balance of water, salts, minerals and other substances in urine is off because your urine contains more crystal-forming substances like calcium than the fluid in your urine can dilute.
When you aren’t drinking enough water, the body is unable to eliminate excess minerals through urination. When this happens, those minerals can settle and form stones. The simple solution to avoiding kidney stones? Drink more water!
When we think of kidney stones, we often think of what we are drinking, not so much what we are eating. But what we are putting into our bodies is so important! Watch what you eat this summer. Tangy foods like barbecue for example can make kidney stones more likely because they are high in salt, protein and sugar. Fruits and vegetables are your best bet. The best thing you can do this summer is to be proactive rather than reactive. Make sure you are staying hydrated and eating the best food to fuel your body.