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Beer & Kidney Stones

This one’s for the guys: Stout, porter, or other hops-heavy beers can help prevent calcium deposits from forming in your kidneys. That’s a good thing, since calcium deposits eventually turn into painful, jagged asteroids of pain called kidney stones. Researchers in Finland tracked 27,000 men and found that every glass of beer they drank daily reduced their risk of kidney stones by 40 percent. If it’s too late, beer can also help you flush out that kidney stone. Your doc might want to suggest cranberry juice, but beer does the same thing—it dilates your sensitive tubing, so the stone can exit your body as painlessly as possible.

Of course, if you’re sitting around drinking beer thinking you’re safe, the extra weight gain and lack of activity will make you more susceptible to stones, which will certainly offset any benefit you may have been deriving.

Remember, as with everything else: Moderation and exercise is the way to go.

About Sanjana Shenoy

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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11 Responses to Beer & Kidney Stones

  1. mayank June 1, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    i am suffering from a 13mm stone in my right kidney.
    howewer i am not having any pain since 2-3 months.
    the doc. suggested me to go foer lithotripsy…but i dont want to get operated.

    is there a possibility of removing it by medication an dincreased liquid or beer intake??

  2. khendruk August 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    follow the link and u will be surprised with the results.

  3. Raj Vyas October 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    Seems to be a great idea doing what sanjana says….

    Thx Sanjana for the cool prescription …

  4. Pratin November 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    i have size of 3.2mm small calculus in left kidney…so beer can flush or not…if yes give proper way how to do that….?

  5. Saurabh Sharma November 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Hi I have been through with a surgery already on that time I had 33 mm of stone. But now after 6 month I am again getting the same pain. Please advice do I need to drink beer to flush the stone. Will It be helpful or If yes what beer because I have not taken any type of alcohol previously.

    Please do reply.


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