Drinking water is like washing out your insides as it not only cleanses your system but also decreases your caloric load thus improving functions of all your tissues. Interestingly a large number of people live with the misconception that drinking generous amount of water is limited to summers only.
On the contrary, as temperatures begin to drop and winter season blooms in full swing, we must increase our water intake to maintain the level of moisture in our bodies.
One grave repercussion of dehydration is that drinking less water during winters can cause Kidney stones. Kidney stones develop when crystals of salt gather into lumps and are not flushed out of the body, due to lack of adequate hydration.
They can cause severe abdominal and groin pain, which in extreme cases can only be cured through surgery.
RG Stone Hospital is one of India’s premium Urology hospitals which specialize in treatment for kidney stones. They have been certified by Guinness Book of World Records for treating the largest kidney stone (13cm).
The panel of expert and esteemed Urologists at RG Stone recommend that apart from a healthy lifestyle and diet, sufficient water intake is the most effective way of prevention of kidney stones.
This method is well recognised today even though it is not new and has been used since the time of Hippocrates. Sadly some recent studies have shown that the development and recurrence of kidney stones is on a constant rise in our country.
Adequate water intake is crucial in prevention of kidney stones:
While exercise is mandatory for a fit and healthy life, certain things like saunas, hot yoga or heavy exercise leads to sweating which results in less urine production.
So the more you sweat, the less you urinate allowing stone causing minerals to settle and bond in the kidneys and urinary tract.
So this winter, hydrate with H20 as its one of the best measures for prevention of kidney stones. Thirst may be the obvious indicator of dehydration in winter but it is a late indicator and one should also watch out for signs such as chapped lips, a dry cough, nosebleeds, mild headaches and acne.
While there is no golden rule book on how much water you need to consume during the winter season, experts reckon 10-14 glasses per day for men(who exercise) and 8-12 glasses per day for women (who exercise) in general.
“I Believe that water is the only drink for a wise man” said Henry David Thoreau. So drink lots of water and take care of your body as, it’s the only place you have to live!