Stoned

Was following the post on Facebook of a woman who came down with kidney stones. So I’ve been been reading about what causes them and the various types of kidney stones, with each type having a somewhat different origin.

Something that jumped out at me was water — how critical being hydrated is to avoid kidney stones; and the related cause of having too much salt in one’s diet because salt can cause dehydration.  She blamed a plant-based diet and specifically the oxalates from spinach for causing the kidney stones, but I wonder if the real cause of her problem was the amount of salt in her diet.  

From what I read, there is no need to add any salt to what we eat, as the food itself already contains within it enough salt for adequate human consumption (the human body does need some salt, but a very small amount).  Yet you see these cooking shows on TV where the chef adds salt to everything without a second thought — mindlessly.  

No doubt, this kind of thing is a prime cause for kidney stones for those who eat food prepared this way.  Best not to add salt to anything (what a huge change for people accustomed to always add that pinch of salt for taste!), and make it a habit to buy the “unsalted” version of whatever you get from the supermarket.  Otherwise, you may find yourself enduring those terrible pains.  And drink plenty of water — you don’t want to get stoned, do you?

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