Following are four tips from the National Kidney Foundation to help us to protect ourselves in this National Kidney Month:
• Drink fluids! Ideally, 2-3 liters daily.
• Water is best. Water is the best fluid to drink. Another option is sugar-free fresh lemon or lime juice mixed with water.
• Eat fruits and veggies. In general, eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables, moderate in low fat dairy and low in salt and animal protein might prevent kidney stone formation. Most Americans eat more than the recommended amounts of animal protein and salt.
• Stick to a treatment plan. After a kidney stone, work with a doctor to create an individual treatment plan that considers fluid intake, diet and sometimes medication.