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MARCH IS NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH AND AN EXPERT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION HAS SOME TIPS FOR PREVENTING KIDNEY STONES.
 
KIDNEY STONES ARE PEBBLE-LIKE MINERAL DEPOSITS THAT CAN CAUSE QUITE A BIT OF PAIN UNTIL THEY PASS. THE BIGGEST RISK FACTOR FOR DEVELOPING THEM IS BEING DEHYDRATED SAYS U OF I EXTENSION NUTRITION AND WELLNESS EDUCATOR LISA PETERSON. SHE RECOMMENDS DRINKING 12 TO 16 CUPS OF FLUIDS A DAY…PREFERABLY WATER.
 
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PETERSON SAYS REDUCING YOUR SALT INTAKE CAN ALSO HELP…AND RECOMMENDS NOT EATING TOO MUCH OF FOODS WITH HIGH LEVELS OF OXALATES. THAT INCLUDES PEANUTS, RHUBARB, SWEET POTATOES, CHOCOLATE AND SOY PRODUCTS.
 
PETERSON SAYS TOO MUCH SODIUM IN YOUR DIET CAN ALSO LEAD TO KIDNEY STONES.

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