How drinking more water helps you avoid a kidney stone?
May 15, 2018
Many people leave their doctor’s office with the vague instruction to increase their daily water input to avoid kidney stones. So, how much water are you really supposed to drink?
Generally, doctors tell patients to go home and start drinking 3-4 litres of water each day. That raises a second question. If someone is not used to drink more than a couple of glasses per day, how are they supposed to drink 3-4 litres tomorrow?
Most people find this task extremely hard.
In this post, we offer advise on how drinking water benefits your kidneys and how to increase your water intake.
Drinking more water for preventing kidney stones
The food we consume has a number of minerals and salts. The body retains the amount necessary for optimum nutrition and excretes the rest of these minerals to the kidneys. Calcium, oxalate and uric acid are among the minerals that go to the kidneys.
Stones can form if an excess amount of these minerals reach the kidney. The minerals may join and form crystals which can further combine to form a stone. Drinking more water means your kidneys are regularly flushed and therefore the chances of stone formation is significantly reduced.
Drinking more water, but…
Many people complain that they drink a ton of water but don't have to use the loo in that proportion. This is caused by sodium (salts) in your meals, which retains water in your body and causes a steady weight gain. When you consistently eat foods rich in salts, eventually the excess water you are drinking will appear in your urine.
However, significantly reducing your salts intake afterwards may have the reverse effect, as you are more likely to forget that you are thirsty and hence drink less water. So, it is advised that you reduce your sodium intake gradually while increasing the volume of water you are drinking. About 1500 mg of sodium a day is ideal for an average human body.
How much water should you drink?
In a normal lifestyle, 3-4 litres of fluids per day will produce 2.5 to 3 litres of urine volume, which is healthy. An average adult bladder holds about 1/2 litre, meaning 7-9 trips to the bathroom in a 24 hour period.
So, how do you increase your daily water intake?
Effect a gradual increase in your water intake. For example, if you are drinking one glass of water each day, drink two tomorrow, and three the day after. With some effort and will power, you can increase your daily water intake to up to 10 glasses.
Some tricks that you can use to remember drinking water daily;
- Buy a home water purifier, which will make it easy for you to have fresh drinking water readily available.
- Use a fancy water bottle which you would love to carry around, and hence increase your water intake.
- Prepare innovative water drinks as refreshment.
- Download a water drinking reminder app on your smartphone.
- Eat water rich foods to increase your daily fluid intake.
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