A 64-year-old male asked:
Does drinking carbonated water cause kidney stones and if not is there any difference in the benefit of drinking water between flat vs seletzer water?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Helleranswered
Gastroenterology 45 years experience
Minerals, hydration: Ample hydration is best prevention, whether still or sprkling water. Seltzer os carbonated watsr, no minerals. Mineral water (fizzy or not) has extra minerals that may or may not affect stone formation. Club soda is seltzer with extra bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). Effects may vary with thpe lf stone. Generally bubbles dontmatterr
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A Verified Doctoranswered
46 years experience
Stone formation: Carbonated water should not promote kidney stones; bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) can result in an alkaline urine, and alkaline urine will crystallize calcium oxalate more than an acid urine; what is most important is total fluid: aim for 4 liters per day and assure high citrate intake: citrate inhibits crystals in urine: OJ 8 oz twice daily; ReaLemon extract 5 tablespns daily; minimize salt; be modest with meats;
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Will drinking to much water cause kidney stones?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Krickanswered
Urology 38 years experience
No: Quite the contrary. Water intake is one of the most important aspects of prevention.
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Last updated May 25, 2018
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