Kidney stones will affect 1 in 10 Americans at some point, according to the National Kidney Foundation, and recent studies show the numbers are rising. According to the National Institutes of Health, kidney stones are responsible for 1.3 million visits to the emergency room each year.
Kidney stones can be prevented by simply drinking water, says a new review of nine studies by the Mayo Clinic, which found that people who drank eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water every day were 50 percent less likely to get kidney stones.
"We've known for years that drinking fluids lowers the risk of kidney stones, but this new analysis, which included more than 273,000 people, found that a lot of fluids cut the risk in half," said best-selling author Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of
Real Cause, Real Cure.
"Kidneys are your body's filters," Dr. Teitelbaum tells Newsmax Health. "They pull toxins and other substances out of your blood for disposal in the urine. But when some of the substances become too concentrated, they can form stones. It's just like adding sugar to water. If you add too much sugar, it'll start to crystalize.
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