Posted on: 10 Jun 2022
Summer is coming! Drinking more fluid is a must to not only stay hydrated but to help fight kidney stones. The best thing you can do to fight kidney stones is to drink more, especially water. Aim to drink a 2 liters of fluids per day.
Stay hydrated with these ideas and recipes:
- Keep it close. Carry a water bottle with you so you can take sips throughout the day.
- Match with meals. Include at least one beverage with each meal. Decaffeinated is best.
- Drinking jug. Keep a pitcher of water on the counter or in the fridge so it’s handy at home and work.
- Flavor it up. Cut up lemon, lime, watermelon or mint leaves and add these to your glass of water for a refreshing flavor.
- Eat your drinks. Eat fluid-filled foods like watermelon, honeydew melon, plums, lettuce and cucumber.
- Alarming results. Set alarms for yourself on your smartphone or pop-ups on your calendar at work.
- Lots of liquids. Try other liquids like milk, lemonade and iced tea (homemade with less sugar) or smoothies.
- Freeze it for fun. Freeze juice (grape, mango) into ice cubes to cool down hot tea or make a delightful drink.
- Stop time. Don’t let those fruits go bad. Freeze fruits like bananas, strawberries, peaches, blueberries and apricots for quick access to make a great frozen smoothie.
Fluid helps your body in many ways. It:
- Controls your heart rate and your blood pressure
- Keeps your body temperature steady
- Removes toxins and waste
- Carries nutrients and oxygen around your body
- Protects organs, tissues and joints
- Helps fight kidney stones!
For more ideas and recipes, check out our Living Healthy: Fight Kidney Stones with Food Cookbook.
For more summer tips on staying hydrated, check out the podcast: Get Ready for Summer with Dr. Suzette Sutherland.
For more info on how keep your overall urinary system in check this summer, check out the 2022 Summer Issue of UrologyHealth extra®.
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