The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. One of the reasons could be because people — including children — aren’t drinking enough water.
Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones.
Kidney stones can’t form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water!
Last night I trekked up to PA to help take care of my niece. Mom was having severe pain and nausea. She had a kidney stone on Friday we thought passed on its own, but no such luck. She went to the emergency room Monday and today they performed a lithotripsy to break it up. If all goes as planned she’ll be home tomorrow and so will I.
Let me tell you, kidney stones are no fun. My mom is a strong, STRONG, woman. Two natural childbirths, single-parent who worked full time while getting her nursing degree. She’s the type of person who handles whatever life throws at her without complaint. Today I could see the pain on her face. And here she was doing so well recovering from the hip replacment.
Getting old sucks. (Her words. Not mine.)
I agree, at least on the physical degeneration front. It’s one reason I’m so passionate about my fitness and strength now. I know I can’t stop the aging process but hopefully I can slow it down a little.
I also foresee kidney stones in my future. My grandfather had them. Now Mom. I can very well be next.
Women’s risk increases in their 50s and the odds go up with family history of kidney stones and a pattern of urinary tract infections — both of which I have.
Also a diet high in protein, sodium, and high-oxalate foods, such as chocolate or dark green vegetables, can boost the risk.
However, drinking too little water is the most common cause.
Drink up people.