Wellness Wednesday: Preventing Kidney Stones
You’re a few hours into hauling a load when nature calls, the next rest stop is only a few miles ahead. Many of TMC’s drivers have been there – do you stop now or can you hold it just a bit longer? But ‘holding it’ for any amount of time could be bad for your health, specifically, your kidney function.
TruckNews.com reports that long-distance drivers experience higher occurrences of kidney issues, including things like kidney stones. Truckers are not alone in this – professions that keep people away from regular bathroom breaks are all at higher risks for kidney stones. Fortunately, there are easy ways to help reduce your risk.
The first step to keep your kidneys in working order is to drink more water. The Mayo Clinic recommends men consume just under four liters of water a day and nearly three liters for women. Water helps flush toxins through your kidneys, keeping things running smoothly and not allowing minerals to settle, which can lead to kidney stones.
People who tend to sweat more should consume even more water, however. The more you sweat, the less urine you produce, again leading to mineral settlement.
Another way to help reduce your risk for kidney stones is to watch what you are eating. Foods and drinks higher in sodium can contribute to the issue. Increasing calcium and oxalate-rich foods, things as fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds can also help limit your risk, that's according to Kidney.com. Daily exercise can also help keep your kidneys in tip-top shape.
Just how TMC’s mechanics regularly check your Peterbilts oil filters are working properly, you should pay attention to how your kidneys are running for you. Ensuring that your urine is clear or light in color is one good signifier your kidneys are doing well. And of course, also be sure to regularly check in with a medical professional to be sure you’re healthy or if you think your kidneys are not working well.
How to help prevent kidney stones:
- Stay hydrated.
- Consume less sodium.
- Consume more calcium and oxalate-rich foods.
- Don’t hold it!
- Check your urine – clear or pale is a good sign!
- Regularly talk with your doctor.