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10 Secrets to Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

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When your kidneys are functioning at an optimal level, you can 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 vital organs stop working.

To survive, you must have at least one functioning kidney. When both kidneys stop functioning like usual, 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 crucial step in keeping your kidneys healthy. 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 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 foodstuff, 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 improved overall quality of life.

  • Eat kidney-supportive Foods

    • Watermelon
    • Cranberries
    • Onions
    • Olive oil
    • Blueberries
    • Strawberries
    • Cauliflower
    • Peppers
    • Garlic
  • 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

Diabetes and high blood pressure are two significant threats to your kidneys functioning well. Controlling your blood pressure and blood sugar are your best bets for maintaining regular kidney function. Read more on how to control high blood pressure.

  • Avoid Pain Relievers

Products like pain relievers are very hard on the kidneys. The 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. Read more on how to quit smoking

 

Also Read: 16 Symptoms of Poor Kidney Function

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