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Stay Hydrated, Avoid Kidney Stones

Having belly pain? It could be a kidney stone.

Kidney stones are minerals in your urine that have become concentrated enough to develop into a sedimentary stone.

Risk factors for kidney stones include genetics, diet, and bowel problems, but the most common factor is your level of hydration. 

“When gauging your hydration levels, make sure your urine is clear or light yellow,” says Richard Paul, MD, of Beebe Urology. “Darker urine means it’s highly concentrated.” 

Delbert Kwan, MD, of Beebe Urology agreed. He said to stay hydrated, drink at least three quarts—or 12 cups—of fluids daily.

Avoid consuming coffee or tea, which act as diuretics that can cause dehydration if over-consumed. Dr. Kwan also suggests reducing sodium intake and adding more fiber and citrus to your diet to promote good hydration.  

WELLNESS TIP: Chase every cup of coffee with 8 oz of water. 

Beebe's urology physicians are committed to providing our patients with outstanding medical care. Our team of doctors and staff know the importance of delivering positive experiences for our patients and their families. With that in mind, the physicians in the group utilize a team approach in treating our patients. Although each physician sees his own patients, the physicians are associates, which assures that a urologist is always available should an emergency arise. 

Learn more about Beebe Urology.

To make an appointment with Beebe Urology, call (302)645-2666. Urology specialists see patients in Lewes and Milford.