When your kidneys are functioning at an optimal level, you are able to derive the most advantage from the foods you consume. It takes approximately 30 minutes for your kidneys to filter blood inside your body. It might shock you to learn that kidney (renal) failure is officially the 9th leading cause of death in the world. Most people don’t give kidney health much consideration − until these very important organs stop working.
To survive you must have at least one functioning kidney. When both kidneys stop functioning like normal, you only have two options:
Dialysis − the only available treatment for kidney failure is dialysis. Medical gear takes over the filtration of your blood, doing the job your kidneys once carried out. And it’s ongoing. Once you start dialysis due to renal failure, you are going to have to get it done for life.
Kidney Transplant − the only other alternative to dialysis is a kidney transplant, but demand far outweighs supply (it’s the number one requested organ on transplant lists). As of 2016, more than 100,000 people in India alone are awaiting kidney transplants. Sadly, fewer than 17,000 will receive this life-saving organ they need in time. Here is how you can keep your kidneys in top health.
- Drink enough water
This is the most important step in keeping your kidneys strong. At a minimum, doctors recommend drinking 7-8 glasses of water every day. Make sure to drink more after arduous exercise or if you live in a dry climatic conditions.
- Lower your phosphorus intake
When kidneys don’t work well, phosphorus builds up in the body, causing potentially grave health conditions, such as heart and bone disorders, as well as hardening of tissues.
Phosphorous is found in the majority of food stuff, but carbonated soft drinks and processed foods are especially high in phosphorus. You only need 800 mg to 1,200 mg of phosphorus each day. Higher amounts are flushed out from the body by healthy kidneys.
- Take probiotics daily
Probiotics (good bacteria) help your kidneys process waste materials and add to positive overall digestive health. A recent clinical trial involving patients with chronic kidney disease found that the group taking probiotics showed enhanced kidney function test scores as well as an improvement overall quality of life.
- Eat kidney-supportive foods
- Olive oil
- Drink green juice
Green foods assist in detoxification of your body and kidneys in particular. A simple recipe is to juice cilantro (a kidney-friendly herb) with water, lemon juice, and honey. Greens supplement is a good option too.
- Lose weight
Obesity has been frequently linked to an increased likelihood of developing kidney cancer.
- Control your blood pressure
- Avoid pain relievers
Products like pain relievers are very hard on the kidneys. Even worse news is that researchers have found that these drugs add to the threat of developing kidney cancer. Never mix pain relievers and alcohol.
- Take a bath in Epsom salts
This is a fundamental detoxification measure. Epsom salts help in removing waste and toxins and gives your kidneys a boost while bettering your overall health.
- Stop smoking
Kicking the butt will help undo most of the damage you have caused to your body by smoking. The toxins and carcinogens damage your kidneys.