8 Habits to keep your kidneys healthy and happy !

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Kidney disease is a common problem affecting about 10% of the world’s population (1).

The kidneys are small but powerful bean-shaped organs that perform many important functions like filtering waste products, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure, balancing fluids in the body and producing urine. There are various ways in which these vital organs can become damaged. Following are few steps you can take to assure kidney health:

  • Drink water : It is recommended to drink water over other beverages. Atleast, 8 glasses of water is recommended to drink. Avoid sodas and caffeine as they can potentially harm if used excessively. In summer or if you are engaged in excercises, you can increase your water intake even more to compensate for water loss through your sweat.
  • Maintain healthy diet and weight : Overweight is often linked with higher metabolic waste. It can put more load on your kidneys to clean your body. Avoiding excessive weight gain can keep your kidneys healthy. Anti-inflammatory diet can prevent inflammation in your kidneys  as well. (2)
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  • Maintaining good blood pressure : High blood pressure can cause chronic kidney disease. It is recommended to maintain your blood pressure below 140/80 in healthy adults and below 130/80 in diabetic patients.
  • Avoid over the counter pain medication like NSAIDS : Alleve, motrin, ibuprofen can potentially cause Acute Kidney Injury and their regular use should be avoided. (3)
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  • Consume Anti-inflammatory diet : Foods and herbs like turmeric, ginger, blueberries, fish rich in omega 3 can decrease inflammation in your body and can help keeping kidneys healthy and happy ! (4)
  • Quit smoking : Smoking can damage blood vessels and increase inflammatory markers and decrease blood flow to the vital organs like kidneys. Avoiding active and passive smoking can add longevity to your kidney function.
  • Avoid over the counter Chinese herbs and supplements: Even natural supplements should be taken with caution as they may contain heavy metals and herbs with diuretic effect which can be potentially harmful to the kidneys.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise : With extreme exercise muscle breakdown can occur which releases harmful breakdown products in the blood causing ultimately kidney damage. Although regular exercise is recommended to maintain healthy weight, strenuous exercise should be avoided.

Summary : If you have other medical problems get your kidney function test every 3-4 months to keep a close eye on your kidney health. Talk to your healthcare providers about changes you can bring in your lifestyle to maintain kidney health !

Dr.Sharma

Dr.Sharma is a Board certified medical Doctor who has special interest in natural holistic approach to health and healing. She uses nutrition therapies, tailored supplements and mind body modalities in her day to day clinical practice. Her mission is to spread wellness through mindful living and healthy eating ! She wants to spread awareness about power of natural products in body and Mind healing. Join her mission today !

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