Katz Health Tips, August 2016
1: Stay Hydrated to Prevent Kidney Stones
The single best way you can reduce the chance of developing painful kidney stones is to drink plenty of water. In fact, you should be passing approximately 2.6 quarts of urine each day. If you exercise frequently, you may need even more water to produce sufficient urine. How do you know if you’re staying hydrated? Your urine should consistently be clear and pale in color.
2: Try a New Sport
With the Summer Olympics in full-swing, it’s easy to get inspired by the amazing athletes who are competing at the top of their game. While you may not be going for the gold, you can achieve your personal best by shaking up your usual exercise routine. Consider trying a sport that catches your eye during the Olympics. Whether it’s swimming, biking or table tennis, sometimes experimenting with a new sport can breathe new life into your fitness program.
3: Avoid Yogurt High in Sugar
Many of us eat yogurt on a daily basis. What’s not to like? It’s convenient, flavorful, loaded with calcium and even has probiotics that are good for digestion. Yet, many brands of yogurt also contain a surprisingly large amount of sugar. You may be surprised that a typical six-ounce container of yogurt with fruit can contain a whopping 25 grams of sugar or more! Compare this with a Twinkie that has only 19 grams! To gain the health benefits of yogurt without exceeding the recommended daily maximum of sugar, choose plain Greek yogurt and add your own fruit or other mix-ins like nuts or grains.