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Surprising Risk Factors for Kidney Stones


If you’ve ever had the pleasure (NOT) of passing a kidney stone, you already know that something tiny—a solid mass of congealed minerals lodged in your urinary tract—can cause a world of agony. Luckily, you can lower your risk of developing kidney stones if you steer clear of the following rather surprising risk factors…

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1. Not Enough Citrus

You might want to reach for an orange, grapefruit, or a slice of lemon to squeeze into that glass of water after reading this—a lack of citrus fruits in your diet can contribute to the formation of kidney stones.

A research study published by the Nature journal found that individuals who incorporated citrus fruits (i.e., lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits) into their diet for a month—lowered the emission of chemicals in the urine that congeal and contribute to kidney stone formation (i.e., uric acid and calcium).

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