Dr Oz: How To Prevent Kidney Stones
Passing a Kidney Stone is said to be as painful as giving birth (though actual mothers may disagree). Dr Oz said that these are becoming more common, and to explain more, he recruited an Assistant of the Day from his audience.
Dr Oz: Global Warming Causes Kidney Stones?
Dominique, a Brooklyn woman who is preparing to move to Pennsylvania, was very excited to be a part of the show. She has never had a Kidney Stone, but a family member has. Dr Oz explained that they can be caused by dehydration. Even doctors can get them from long days in the operating room with no water.
Doctor Oz also said that Global Warming (sometimes called Climate Change) could also be a factor. Higher temperatures mean we are sweating more, and if we don’t increase our water consumption to replace that, we could end up with Kidney Stones. (That seems like a bold claim.)
Dr Oz: Are You Hydrated?
Dominique put on purple gloves to examine Kidney Stones, which she said felt like rocks. They can contain Calcium, the same thing bones are made of. Dr Oz said that the outsides can be sharp, scratching your Ureters.
He said that this would be much more painful than a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Dr Oz took us inside the body with an animation to show what happens internally when Kidney Stones form. Water can flush them out in urine without a problem.
But if you’re not getting enough water, the stones may be too large and can get stuck along the way, leading to pain and problems. How much water do you need to drink?
Dr Oz: Ideal Urine Color
Dr Oz introduced a game called Wheel of Urine to illustrate different shades of Urine. You can control the color of your Urine by changing how much you drink. There is no set amount of water you need to drink; it depends on your health, environment, and physical activity level.
Dr Oz suggested that you should aim for Straw Colored Urine (completely clear urine may mean you’re getting too much water. But if you see colors that are bright yellow, orange, or brown, it’s a red flag that you need to drink more water.
Dr Oz: Citrates Prevent Kidney Stones — Drink Lemonade
In another demonstration, Dr Oz showed how Calcium can bind together into larger particles. However, Citrate is a chemical that can keep these particles from becoming problematic Kidney Stones.
You can get it naturally from Lemons, like in fresh-squeezed Lemonade (just go easy on the sugar).