Dr Petcha

Don’t Get Stoned

Even as people return to work after the lockdown, more and more workers will find themselves working from home. Unfortunately, this may inadvertently put our bodies at a higher risk of developing kidney stones.

In our daily life, the body produces a lot of waste that needs to be excreted by organs including kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The kidneys have the difficult job of not only getting rid of the bad but also keeping in the good. At any given time, there is a large amount of blood flowing into the kidney, and the glomerulus act as tiny filters for electrolytes and minerals. As such, the kidneys are prone to forming hard deposits made of minerals and salts inside your kidneys. The best way to keep the kidney from forming unwanted stones is to drink an abundance of fluids each day.

Experts recommend for each of us to drink about two liters of water, which is about 8 to 10 large cups replenish and balance what we lost daily. Even if you are not thirsty, drinking water will help get rid of all the formed sediments accumulating in the kidneys. During times of hot weather, it is especially important that you drink lots of water to avoid dehydration and concentrating urine. During vigorous activity, it is best to replenish the water every 20 to 30 minutes with about 200-300 ml of liquid. Beverages like soft drinks have high sugar content and calories that are not as effective. Caffeinated drinks like coffee or tea are counterproductive as they will actually dehydrate the body. The best choice is clear fluids.