7 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Find out how you can avoid this painful condition.

7 Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “kidney stones” is “ouch!” you’re right. This painful condition develops when your urine is no longer able to hold dissolved calcium or uric acid salts because their concentrations are too high. These salts build up and form crystals which can develop into stones. The more diluted your urine is, the less likely it is that you’ll have kidney stones develop. According to the National Kidney Foundation, kidney stones are on the rise in America. Read on to learn how to prevent kidney stones from forming and how to reduce the chances of them coming back.

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Stay Hydrated

If you sweat a lot through exercise and don’t replenish the water you lose, you could be putting yourself at risk for kidney stones. Less H20 means less urinating, which allows for those stone-causing minerals to settle and bond in the kidneys and urinary tract. Keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water. Yes, it can be annoying to have to go to the bathroom often when you drink a lot of water but it's a small price to pay to prevent kidney stones.

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