Best Rx: Can drinking eight glasses of water per day help prevent kidney stones?

scott millerAtlanta’s local doctors provide answers to all your medical questions. One Best Self reader asked: Can drinking eight glasses of water per day help prevent kidney stones?

Scott Miller, MD of Georgia Urology: Even in Georgia—part of the “kidney stone belt”—64 ounces of water (eight 8 oz. glasses) is usually beyond the amount needed for kidney stone prevention and overall health.  The best indicator is the appearance of your urine. With the exception of your first morning urination, your urine should always appear very dilute or pale yellow.  Of course, you should drink more fluids during times of exercise or heat exposure.

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