Maintaining good health includes making efforts to keep your kidneys healthy and avoid kidney stones. The kidneys are one of the most hard-working organ systems in your body; they act as a purification system for the blood; filtering out and excreting waste products, and maintaining healthy fluid and electrolyte balances.
In addition, the kidneys produce hormones that regulate red blood cell production and blood pressure, and activate vitamin D which plays a key role in bone health.
On average, your kidneys will filter about 120 to 150 quarts of blood a day and produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine, composed of wastes and extra fluid. You can assist this process, and greatly reduce the risk of developing painful kidney stones, by consuming plenty of fluids.
To that end, you have plenty of options to help you stay hydrated this summer, which include…
- Eat more “water-rich” fruits and vegetables like watermelon, strawberries, grapefruit, peaches and cantaloupe. Other options include cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, celery and tomatoes.
- Try iced coffee. You may be surprised to know that, not only does coffee count as part of your daily fluid intake, roughly 98 percent of a cup of coffee is water.
- Try iced tea. In general, tea has about half the amount of caffeine as coffee.
- Eat cold soups, preferably those that are broth-based.
- Choose coconut water over fruit juice. Coconut water generally has fewer calories and added sugars than fruit juice and is also a good source of potassium.
- Whip up a delicious fruit smoothie.
Staying hydrated and consuming the recommended amounts of fluid each day will go a long way towards maintaining healthy kidneys and a healthier you.
If you have questions or concerns about your kidneys or kidney stones, call the Urology Group of Princeton at 609.924.6487 or schedule an appointment online. The board certified physician/surgeons at the Urology Group are experts trained to evaluate your symptoms, perform applicable tests, and develop the proper treatment plan.