In the U.S. approximately 80 million people are at risk of nephrology diseases or kidney damage. To be precise, 14% of women, 12% of men. In the U.S. kidney disease has become a leading death cause. And, it is somewhat equally deadly in other countries too. The worse, there is no evident cure for kidney diseases, especially kidney failure. Thus, it is a serious medical condition that deserves a discussion over its prevention. In this blog, we will share tips to keep kidneys healthy and the alarming signs to get your kidneys checked.
Kidneys’ major function is to purify your bloodstream by removing the excess water and toxins via urine. It is an essential body organ whose damage is a big loss to the human body that changes their life devastatingly.
Following are the tips you can use to modify your lifestyle to prevent kidney damage.
As you know, the kidney purifies the bloodstream but that is done with the help of water in the form of urine. If you will not drink plenty of water, enough body waste will not go out of the body.
On top of that, water helps your blood to travel in your body freely so that it can deliver the nutrients to your kidneys to keep them healthy. Thus, drink water daily. The medically recommended quantity of water in a day for men is 3.7 liters and 2.7litres for women.
Make sure to not consume too less or do not exceed very much as well.
Blood sugar is another essential factor that affects your kidneys significantly. For instance, diabetes is one of the biggest causes of kidney damage or complete failure. If you have diabetes, make sure you monitor it regularly.
However, not only people with diabetes should be concerned about their blood sugar. Ensure you eat healthy foods and vegetables instead of processed foods and refined sugars.
Foods such as red bell peppers, blueberries, cauliflower, garlic, apples, raspberries, strawberries, red grapes, and onions help keep your kidneys healthy. Moreover, egg whites, olive oil, and fish provide healthy proteins.
Another leading cause of kidney failure, blood pressure can impact your kidneys drastically. If combined with high cholesterol, increased blood sugars, or heart diseases; it can damage multiple organs.
Especially if your family has a medical history of hypertension or lower blood pressure, make sure you get it checked frequently and keep your doctor in the loop. Do not ignore this medical condition, it can cause many health problems and organ failure.
Reduce salt (sodium) consumption and processed foods, control alcohol intake, take good sleep, and keep yourself indulged in physical activities.
It is important to stay fit for your well-being. If you are unable to keep going all day, that means there is something that needs your attention. You should get indulged in activities such as walking, running, swimming, dancing, etc. to keep your body physically healthy.
Even a 30-minutes walk can keep your heart healthy, improve blood sugar and lower your blood pressure. All of these factors are essential for healthy kidneys.
Thus, staying active and involved in physical activities is significant to keeping your kidneys healthy.
There is a taboo that maintaining a healthy weight is only essential for a good physical appearance. It is completely wrong. Remember, if you do not maintain a healthy weight, you invite many illnesses and diseases in your body.
Do every required thing to stay healthy and maintain weight. However, that does not mean you can not eat your favourite meals. You can still grab a burger but not too often. Once in a while, it is fine to eat such foods.
A universal fact that smoking harms the human body in the long run. Everyone knows but still, most people avoid this fact.
Smoking is not only dangerous for the heart and lungs. It critically impacts the kidneys. It restricts the blood flow to the kidneys and hinders the delivery of essential nutrients. Thus, it weakens the kidneys and results in kidney failure or other kidney diseases. Moreover, it raises kidney cancer chances by 50%.
If you like smoking, you must think at what cost you are buying this joy for yourself.
The regular consumption of OTC (over the counter) medicines such as pain killers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can significantly damage your kidneys due to increased stomach issues and raised blood pressures.
Do not consume them without consulting your doctor. Especially, if you are already suffering from hypertension, diabetes, or any other chronic diseases.
Well, this may sound like a normal thing but it is one of the biggest problems people face these days. Maximum people are taking medicines to have a healthy sleep. However, those drugs have long-term side effects.
Therefore, if you are fortunate enough to get a healthy sleep without any medicines. You should respect the fact and take quality sleep of at least 7-8 hours without fail.
If you face trouble having sleep, try avoiding foods that hamper your sleep such as caffeine, fried foods, alcohol, etc.
We underestimate the power of regular health check-ups. If people get themselves checked regularly, there are chances that disease(s) get diagnosed in early stages.
Most of the diseases can be cured if diagnosed at early stages. So make sure you regularly go for your health check-ups and get your annual medical tests done without any fail.
Kidney damage is still incurable if not diagnosed at an early stage. If anyone or their parents have a medical history of diabetes, hypertension or heart risks. You are more prone to kidney damage. However, these are not the definite and only causes of kidney damage. This chronic disease can be caused to anybody. Therefore, make sure you avoid carelessness and follow these tips to keep your kidneys healthy. And, please do not avoid regular health check-ups, it can prevent severe damage to your kidneys and other organs. For more health-related blogs, keep following our blog page.