Fresh Lemonade is Better than Iced Tea for Kidneys

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According to Dr. John Milner, assistant professor of Department of Urology, Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, in Maywood, Illinois, iced tea can cause painful kidney stones, up to 10% of the United States population. Most kidney stones are very small and pass without notice for most people. However, some are not so lucky.

Men are four times more likely than women to develop this urinary tract disorder and the risk rises over the age of 40. There is increased risk for women, too, if they’ve had their ovaries removed or are menopausal. Kidney stones are small crystal-like substances that form and pass through the ureters (the tubes that drain urine from the kidney to the bladder). Of course, the most common cause of kidney stones is dehydration, but be careful before reaching for that iced tea to quench that summer time thirst!

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For those who are prone to kidney stones, and do not like water, consider fresh lemonade. Lemons are high in citrates, which inhibit growth of kidney stones. Do not use the powder mixes as these mixes contain artificial ingredients and they do not contain the citrates. Other suggestions include avoiding spinach, chocolate, rhubarb and nuts; ease up on salt, meat and make sure to drink several glasses of water a day. Further, eat foods and drink liquids that are high in calcium.

The reason for this is oxalates, which are high in the first group and the second group makes the body hang on to the oxalates whereas calcium helps the body not absorb the oxalate contained in the food one does eat.

To make fresh lemonade:
Cut three lemons into slices (leave on rinds). Add to two quarts of water. Squeeze one lemon into water and stir. Chill for one to two hours. Serve over ice.

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