Did you know that there are chemicals in some diet sodas that may actually help dissolve kidney stones?
Recent research presented by the American Urology Association found that the substances citrate and malate were present in several diet sodas in amounts high enough to help dissolve kidney stones.
The highest levels were seen in Diet 7-Up and Diet Sunkist Orange, respectively.
Citrate is also present in lemon juice; interestingly, both sodas mentioned by name are citrus based.
While no one is suggesting that diet soda could be an effective treatment for kidney stones, researchers do think that the occasional diet soda could actually be beneficial in preventing the development of kidney stones.
People who suffer from kidney stones but who deliberately avoid carbonated beverages may want to indulge in the occasional diet soda.
Dehydration is a common contributor to the development of kidney stones. If you suffer from kidney stones, make sure to remain hydrated, and do not substitute diet soda for the water you should be drinking.
Lemonade made with real lemons can be a healthy beverage choice for kidney stone sufferers as long as you avoid consuming excessive sugar. Avoiding salty foods and excessive calcium is also recommended.