Iced tea may increase the risk of painful kidney stones, urologist alerts

Much of the charm of iced tea is due to the belief that it is healthier than other beverages such as soft drinks and beer. The pain was so strong that once seemed to deliver a baby made of razor blades, said the 48 years Mulac. I really had no idea that iced tea could lead to this.

I stayed away from carbonated drinks for a long time because I thought it was upsetting my stomach and it was not so good for me, but I think that is an exaggeration with iced tea, Mulac said one.

The most common cause of kidney stones is the failure to drink enough. During the summer, people are generally more dehydrated due to sweating. The combination with the increased consumption of iced tea increases the risk of kidney stones, especially in people who are prone to develop them.

Mark Mulac was a passionate lover of iced tea, Downing to six drinks per day was popular thirst-quencher.

Iced tea contains high concentrations of oxalate, one of the key chemicals that lead to the formation of kidney stones, a common condition that affects the urinary tract of about 10 % of the population in the United States. Even if the hot tea also contains oxalate, it is not easy to consume sufficient quantities to encourage the formation of stones.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has a wealth of information on weight control.

Milner also said people concerned about developing kidney stones should reduce their intake of foods that contain high concentrations of oxalates such as spinach, chocolate, rhubarb and nuts. They should take the salt, eat meat sparingly, drink several glasses of water a day and eat foods that are rich in calcium, which reduces the amount of oxalate the body absorbs.

The popularity of iced tea has grown dramatically with billions of gallons consumed more than 2 per year in the United States, according to the Tea Association of the United States almost 128 Americans drink the beverage daily.

Unfortunately, for health reasons, Mulac was forced to go cold turkey. All iced tea, he was shot helped set up a dreadful game that eventually led to surgery at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Illinois

I was a drug addict in a folder. I have every day, said Mulac, a resident of Brookfield, Ill. Iced tea is very refreshing, cheap to buy and easy to do.

People have been told that you should drink more fluids, said Milner, who treated Mulac of kidney stones. Many people choose to drink tea cooler, thinking that it is tasty alternative.

However, in terms of kidney stones, they are actually a disservice.