Kidney stones are a pain at any time of year, and they are certainly more common in the summer months. When you think of summertime, you probably think of barbecues, exploring the outdoors and spending time in the sunshine. While enjoyable, those things can increase your chances of developing painful kidney stones if you aren’t careful.
The main reason this condition is more common this time of year is dehydration. It’s hot outside and many people don’t drink enough water each day. We sweat more in the summer, causing us to lose water and not urinate as often as we should. When your body can’t get rid of excess minerals through urination, those minerals clump together and form stones. Kidney stones vary in size, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. The best thing you can do to avoid the formation of kidney stones is to drink plenty of water, especially if you’ll be spending time outside in the heat.
While enjoying a barbecue every once in a while probably won’t do you any harm, it’s important to limit foods that are high in salt, sugar and protein. High-oxalate foods, such as almonds, chocolate, tofu and spinach should also be limited. Watch your soda intake as well, as drinking too much soda can also lead to the development of kidney stones. Make sure that your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink a glass of water with every meal if you can.
If you do end up with a kidney stone, don’t fret! Most stones will pass on their own with plenty of fluids, and all you’ll need are some over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if you’re experiencing severe pain, it’s best to make an appointment with your urologist to rule out any complications.
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