At the International Kidney Stone Institute, our goal is nothing less than the cure.

Tips for Increasing Your Fluid Intake

Your urologist has recommended increasing your water intake. Why? If you are a kidney stone former, the NUMBER ONE thing you can do to prevent formation of stones is to make your urine more dilute by increasing fluid intake. If your doctor has prescribed medication and/or diet changes to prevent stones, urinating at least 64 ounces of water a day should still be your goal.

We can all benefit from increasing fluids. Our bodies need fluid to digest food, eliminate waste and transport nutrients. If you struggle with your weight, water consumption can give a feeling of fullness, replacing caloric foods and liquids.

Remember that if you are losing moisture on a hot day through perspiration, you must DRINK MORE to make up for that loss through your skin.

Here are some tips to help you reach the goal of 64 ounces / 2 quarts / 2 liters/ 10 glasses (or more!) each day:

  • Good tasting water is easier to consume than tap water; treat yourself to purified bottled water or a charcoal-filter pitcher.
  • Drink a large glass of water at transitional times during the day: when you get up in the morning, before leaving home, when you arrive at work, after using the restroom, etc.
  • Keep a large, insulated water bottle or mug at your desk.
  • Try sipping from a straw; some people feel drinking through a straw helps them drink more.
  • Drink one glass of water each hour on the hour.
  • Dilute fruit juices with water 50:50.
  • Make a bet with a family member or coworker to see who can drink the most during the day.
  • When you feel a craving for junk food or sweets, drink a glass of water instead.
  • Bring a 2-liter bottle of water to work. If you have not finished by the end of the day, finish it on the drive home.
  • Add frozen bits of lemon, lime or oranges to cool water.
  • Drink two full glasses at each meal – one before and one after eating.
  • Carry a refillable water bottle everywhere – walking, shopping, driving, watching television, doing laundry, etc.
  • Drink from an attractive or special container.
  • To keep track of quantity consumed, pour water from a liter bottle or measuring cup as you drink throughout the day.
  • Fluid intake should be spread out as evenly as possible during the day. If you don't get up once at night to urinate, you're not drinking enough. When you get up to urinate, drink yet another glass of water!

Choose moist foods, for example fresh fruit instead of dried fruit.