Published on May 19th, 2016 | by Michaelw
How to keep your kidneys healthy in 5 steps
Did you know that being thirsty can seriously damage your kidneys? This how-to-keep-your-kidneys-healthy video will give you some advice to maintain the health of your kidney – and of your whole body too.
Either if you’re a kidney patient or just want to take care of yourself, it is fundamental to have an healthy lifestyle.
Why it is so important to stay hydrated, limit salt and not to smoke?
Those fist-sized, bean shaped organs in your body, known as kidneys, are far more important than most people realize.
They do amazing work every single day.
Filtering 120-150 quarts of blood every day, the kidneys work hard to keep the body healthy. Each of the two has about a million nephrons, or filtering units inside.
The waste filtered from the kidneys is turned into urine, which we then excrete. This process does many things, such as stabilizing the make-up of our blood, preventing excess waste and fluid from building up, and keeping our electrolytes stable.
Once we pass the age of 30 our kidney function reduces by 10% every 10 years, so it’s imperative that we do what we can to keep our kidneys operating smoothly and prevent kidney disease from developing.
how to keep your kidneys healthy in 5 steps
- step 1: keep your body well hydrated.
The thing that has the biggest impact on the kidney is the lack of water in the body.
If you’re already subscribed to my channel you may know that the main purpose of the kidney is filtering the toxins and waste products from the body.
For doing this, it needs water. A lot of water. At least 8 glasses a day, preferably lightly mineralized or oligo mineral water.
Drinking at regular intervals during the day is the best way not to get the kidneys calcified or congested.
Staying hydrated by drinking many of the right fluids is great for kidney health. This will help with clearing waste from the body.
Light, straw colored urine is a good sign that you are consuming enough fluids. Coffee, teas, and soda reduce the amount of fluid in the body, and that makes the kidneys work harder.
Water is of course the best option, and is easily available. Stay clear of sugary fruit juices.
- Step 2 less salt is better
The problem with salt is that it is not dangerous by itself, but it is present in the vast majority of foods we eat in a quantity that’s not healthy.
The quantity of salt ingested by the typical American is enough to clog up the kidneys and increase the blood pressure. This is not the way to-keep-your-kidneys-healthy.
Especially for kidney patients it is important not to ingest more than 1,500mg of sodium per day.
Maintain a healthy diet by lowering your salt intake, making sure you are eating the right types of protein, and eating lots of fruits and vegetables. Look for foods with labels that say things like “low sodium”, “reduced sodium”, or “no salt”. Eating healthy will also help you maintain a healthy weight, which is beneficial for kidney health.
In any case, it is better to stop using the salt shaker during lunch or dinner, avoid eating processed foods and thus start eating more fruit and vegetables.
The best part about this… is that once you start avoid salt… your body will not want it anymore. Try and be surprised.
- Step 3 blood pressure.
High blood pressure is one of the most dangerous condition for the kidneys, and is also a common culprit for causing kidney failure.
When your blood pressure is high, it does damage to arteries and blood vessels. When this happens, the process of filtering waste from the blood cannot be done well.
High blood pressure is in fact capable of damaging the vessels, including those within the kidneys that are responsible for the filtering capacity.
If you suffer from kidney disease or impaired kidney function it is probable that your doctor already gave you a target blood pressure and that you’re constantly monitoring it.
Usually we’re talking about less than 140 over 90.
Hypertension doesn’t have visible symptoms, and that’s why it is so important to check blood pressure regularly.
If you still don’t have a blood pressure monitor, buy one as soon as you can.
- Step 4 Stop smoking.
There are just two kinds of people at this world. Non smokers and those whose doctor already told to stop smoking at least 100 times.
Joking aside, everybody knows that smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your body.
But how much damage can smoking regularly do to the kidneys? Well, a lot, according to latest researches.
Smoking narrows blood vessels, this in turn means not as much blood reaches the kidneys. Cigarette smoking also increases the chance of kidney cancer.
Smoking dissolves toxins in the bloodstream.
Just like sodium excess, these toxins will damage the small blood vessels, including those in the kidneys. The result is that blood-flow in the kidney will decrease and thus the organ will get clogged up. Atherosclerosis is another result of smoking and will increase the pressure on the kidney too.
Of the 480,000 death a year caused by smoking there’s a percent related to kidney failure.
There are many steps you can take right now to start your quitting journey. Deciding to stop smoking is one of the best thing you can do to your body.
- step 5 a healthy mind in a healthy body
Numerous studies have proven that – even if you’re affected from serious illness – visualization and meditation have the power of improving the overall health, wellness and well-being.
For millennia ancient cultures around the world – along with Hindu masters and medicine men – have used meditation methods to take advantage of the energy of their thoughts to obtain physical manifestations.
That’s why we’ve researched for a comprehensive and easy to follow guide that we’re now giving out for free. Get your copy now!
What else can you do to protect your kidneys?
Avoid bad habits, such as consuming too much alcohol. Since alcohol is one of the toxins the kidneys help remove from our bodies, limiting your intake will many their job easier. Alcohol also damages the liver, which helps with filtration, meaning that the kidneys will have to work harder.
Control blood sugar, and cholesterol to promote good kidney function. As the most common cause of kidney failure, diabetes can seriously damage kidneys. Take steps to prevent diabetes, and if you already have it, be sure to manage it well to protect your kidneys.
Discuss all medications with your doctor so you can be sure you are taking the right ones in the right way. Some herbal remedies and vitamins can actually harm your kidneys, so be sure to clear them before starting a regimen. Over the counter medications that are NSAIDS are known to cause acute kidney injury if taken too often, so discuss your pain relief methods thoroughly.
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