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Iced tea contains high concentrations of oxalate and tannic acid, two of the key chemicals that lead to the formation of brain, breast, liver, gallbladder and kidney stones, a common disorder of dietary and metabolic acidity that also acidifies the urinary tract that affects over 50 percent of the population in the United States.
"For many people, iced tea is potentially one of the worst things you can drink," said Dr. John Milner, instructor, department of urology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill. "For people who have a tendency to form kidney stones, it's definitely one of the worst things you can drink."
The most common cause of stones is the failure to drink enough alkaline fluids. During the summer, people are generally more dehydrated due to sweating. The dehydration combined with increase iced acid tea (including green tea) consumption raises the risk of brain, breast, liver, gallbladder, and kidney stones, especially in people who are prone to develop them.
"People are told that in the summertime they should drink more fluids," said. "A lot of people choose to drink more iced tea, thinking it's a tastier alternative. However, in terms of kidney stones, they're getting it going and coming. They're actually doing themselves a disservice."
People concerned about developing brain, breast, liver, gallbladder and kidney stones should cut back on eating all acidic foods that also contain high concentrations of dietary acids such as dairy, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, tea, animal protein, peanuts, corn, vinegar, and soy sauce. They should increase chlorophyll rich foods and drinks, healthy oils, drink 4 to 5 liters of alkaline water and eat 10 to 12 grams of unprocessed salt every day. If you want to be healthy and strong you need to eat like a COW and exercise like an OX at least one hour every day.