Simple Tips to Keep your Kidney Healthy

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Mary Rae Floresca |

Even if you know that giving up one of your kidneys is feasible and can fund you money, don’t underestimate how important your kidney is. It is also one of the vital organs of a human body. Take note of the ways to keep your pair of kidneys healthy.

In the recent public release of National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) last May, the content said that Gut bacteria may contribute to poor health in patients with kidney disease. Furthermore, the Accumulation of a bacterial metabolite that’s normally excreted may increase risk of heart disease and early death. While you’re still young, or before you get older when it’s too late, consider these following tips.

1. Drink Water

Need we say more? Sometimes, people forget to drink water when they chugged down a lot of fruit juices and sodas throughout the day. When water is eliminated in your system, all the unwanted substances can form kidney stones. Your urine should have a pale yellow color, if it’s not, drink more water, the color of your urine is the hint if you need more water in your body. Also, an unusual foul smell is a bad sign. If you notice this, you need to go to the doctor.

2. Stay away from salt and fat

Your diet should contain less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day. Okay, so you can’t really count how many salt you’ve taken in; but you may check the labels you buy at the grocery, grab those that say “sodium-free” or “no salt added.”  Department of Health (DOH) also advised to stay away from soda, processed meat such as hotdogs and luncheon meat, mayonnaise, butter and frozen meat.

3. Eat heart-healthy foods

Eating these kind of foods will keep the fat from building up in your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys included. Start with cooking steamed veggies or frying fish and meat with olive oil instead of butter. Stock up on veggies, fish, fruits, low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese, lean meat, and poultry as well but sans the skin. Sorry!

4. Quit smoking

Since our kidneys are one of the vital organs of the body, and yes near the lungs, over all, we need to stop what we know it would damage our system as you grow older. Let’s recap elementary anatomy; kidneys filter the waste (like toxins) in the blood stream and eliminates excess water. Too many toxins caused by smoking blocks the lobes inside the kidney.

5. Don’t overdose with pills/painkillers

Sometimes relying over-the-counter pills may harm you when overused. Such pills that you should avoid taking are ibuprofen, naproxen, and higher dose aspirin. These medicines can cause chronic kidney disease known as chronic interstitial nephritis. It reduces the kidney function, over dosage of aspirin intake may increase the tendency to have gastrointestinal bleeding. If you are taking these analgesics, drink more than six glasses of water a day.

The best advice is to undergo regular check up with your trusted accredited doctor, don’t take medicines that are not prescribed by your doctor as much as possible. If you want to self-medicate, get some rest first, eat well, drink a lot of water. Most importantly, follow your doctor’s prescription and advises on your diet and other factors that you need to pay attention to especially that it’s your health we are talking about.

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