Prevent Kidney Stones with H2O

hydrationKidney stones form when you have high levels of a substance in your urine, such as calcium, and not enough urine volume to dilute it. Crystalized stones travel through your urinary tract, and if they get stuck, they can cause a lot of pain. Each year more than 500,000 people visit the emergency room because of kidney stones. The most common reason for developing kidney stones is not drinking enough water. People who produce 2.5 liters of urine a day are 50% less likely to develop kidney stones.*

Generally, drinking 10 glasses of water a day will help you produce the recommended 2.5 liters of urine. You can also use the color of your urine as a guide. Pale yellow is a good sign that you’re hydrated, and dark yellow urine is a sign that you need to drink more water.

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