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Written by Karel Nunnink   

Water, calcium, and kidney stones.

Woman who don't drink enough water or are calcium deficient, and consume too much salt, have an increased risk of developing kidney stones.
Kidney stones develop when urine contains more crystal forming substances, like uric acid oxalate and calcium, they crystallize because of lack of available fluids.
Boosting fluid intake can help dilute the substances that can lead to stone formation, cutting down on salt also helps, because too much sodium boosts calcium levels in the urine.
Because most kidney stones contain calcium it was thought that cutting own on calcium would help.
Recent studies however suggest that certain foods high in calcium, like collards, kale, herring, spinach, and some dairy products, could actually be protective.
The latest findings in the Journal of Urology, confirm the findings that higher calcium intake is linked to a lower risk of kidney stones.
It also showed a 60% greater risk of developing kidney stones, with higher sodium intakes.
If you take calcium in supplement form, make sure it's taken with meals  and it's a two to one ratio with magnesium.
Try to get at least  1000-1200 mg of calcium daily, by eating lots of leafy green veggies or taking a Calcium-Magnesium supplement.
Live long and strong.
Karel.

 

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