Ways to Maintain Healthy Kidneys
Kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, but playing a vital role in human life. They are important for a healthy body as they are primarily in charge of:
- Extracting waste materials, excess water, and other impurities from the bloodstream.
- Regulating the body’s fluid levels
- Releasing a hormone that regulates blood pressure
Nerves, muscles, and other tissues in the human body can not function properly if these organs are not in good health. Approximately 1 in 10 adults have some form of kidney damage, and every year millions die prematurely of complications related to Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD).
How To Keep Kidneys Health Under Control?
Think of your kidney as a plant that needs Water, Water, Water!
Drink enough water throughout the day, to get a minimum of 1.5 liters of urine out.
Ideally, you should aim to drink 2.5 or 3 liters of water throughout the day.
Tip: drink water with a straw, it will increase your water intake!
- Carefully control your protein intake
Several recent studies have shown that even if you don’t have any kidney disease, but your protein intake is high, you may be at greater risk of kidney damage.
This is very important for people who consume protein artificially (through protein powders and protein shakes) and end up consuming more than the required amount.
Tip: as a rule, you can eat 1 gram of protein per kilogram of ideal body intake per day.
- Don’t excessively use painkillers and medicines
People tend to take pain relievers and over-the-counter medications without thinking about the threats these drugs pose to their kidneys. These drugs may damage the kidneys if the heavy dose of medicines is taken continuously for two to three years.
- Regulate your blood pressure
One of the most important aspects of preventing kidney disease is monitoring blood pressure carefully. It is important to realize that uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to narrowing, weakening, or stiffening of the arteries around the kidneys over time.
Tip: Hibiscus tea is a natural remedy for high blood pressure
- Don’t Smoke
The blood vessels in your body are damaged when you smoke. As a result, blood flow throughout your body and to your kidneys is slowed.
Smoking exposes your kidneys to a higher risk of cancer. Your risk will decrease if you stop smoking. Reverting to the risk level of someone who has never smoked, on the other hand, will take many years.
When To See A Doctor?
Regular kidney function tests are an excellent way to keep track of your kidney’s health and detect any changes. If you feel that you are at high risk of kidney damage or illness, go to Okadoc.com or download our Mobile App and book an appointment with a Nephrologist instantly.
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