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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?

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Dr. Arthur Heller answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

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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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith answered

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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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