Ice Tea Consumption Increases the Risk of Kidney Stone Disease


A study conducted by Loyola University Medical Center found that those who have the habit of consuming ice tea have a greater risk of developing kidney stones, as quoted by HealthDay News.

According to the researchers, the refreshing drink contain high oxalate levels. Oxalate is the key chemical compounds that triggers the formation of kidney stones.

Kidney stones are small crystals that are formed from the minerals and salts that are commonly found in the urine, kidney or urinary tract. Although it is usually unused minerals to be removed from the body with urine, but under certain conditions, it can settle and harden in the urinary tract.

“For those who have a tendency of suffering from kidney stone disease, they should avoid the consumption of iced tea,” said Dr. John Milner, assistant professor of the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Milner says that dehydration is a common trigger of kidney stones. However, fighting dehydration with the consumption of iced tea is not a smart choice.

“During a hot weather many choose to drink iced tea because in addition to low calories, it also has a fresher flavor than plain water, but unfortunately iced tea are not friendly to the kidneys,” he said.

Together with the results of the study, Milner reveals that men have a risk of developing kidney stones four times greater than women. The risk is increasing rapidly, especially in men over the age of 40 years old. High risk is also shadowing postmenopausal women and women who undergo removal of the ovaries.

As a precaution, Milner always reminds people to keep their body well hydrated. Despite water being a safe option, he recommends fresh lemon drinks as well. “Lemons contain high citric to prevent the formation of kidney stones,” he said.

Not only avoiding ice tea, he also recommends those who have a tendency of suffering kidney stones to stay away from all foods containing oxalate such as spinach, chocolate, and nuts. Reduce your intake of salt, meat, and get enough calcium to reduce oxalate absorption into the body.

How about hot tea? Hot tea actually also have the same bad effect. Only, the dose of hot tea servingĀ  is usually smaller so that the consumption will not be as much as iced tea. Rarely do people drink hot tea when they are thirsty. While many are able to drink more than a glass of ice tea, especially when the weather is hot and they feel thirsty.

Although claiming their research is accurate, Milner asked those who have the habit of drinking iced tea not to worry. He just wanted to raise awareness of the risk of kidney stone attack. As long as you can control moderate consumption, the risk could be muffled. You should also know the symptoms and treatment of kidney stones.