The job of your kidneys is to filter the blood in your body so as to remove the toxins which are then excreted through urine. It is believed that every thirty minutes, the entire volume of your blood is filtered by your kidneys to prevent the toxins in the blood from damaging other organs. However, working with so many toxins can sometimes prove to be toxic for your kidneys which in turn is taxing for your health.
It is therefore imperative to keep your kidneys safe. Since there is no ultimate cure for kidney failure (transplant being only a treatment), the only way to take care of your kidneys is to prevent chronic renal diseases. Every third diabetic adult and every fifth adult with high blood pressure are said to be affected with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The condition of your heart, obesity, high cholesterol level and a family history of CKD also increase your risk of damaging your kidneys.
So, what do you do? Attack your unhealthy habits to prevent an attack on your kidneys. A healthy lifestyle can take you a long way in protecting your kidneys. Here are a few tips which will help you reduce the risk of kidney ailments.
- Mind your exercise: Exercise is always good as it helps you watch your weight, keeping your kidneys healthy. While exercising has its own advantages, it is crucial that you don’t overdo it as overexerting your body might not have a good impact on your kidneys. If you are a heart patient, it is good to avoid vigorous exercises as they temporarily increase blood pressure and put strain on both heart and kidneys.
- Flood your house with fruits: It is seen that most of the problems related to kidneys arise due to conditions related to high blood pressure and diabetes. It is therefore crucial to watch your diet. A low-salt diet keeps blood pressure in check, which helps the kidney stay fit. Fruits, on the other hand, help maintain an ongoing supply of water to the kidneys.
- Stay hydrated: Water is the word. Drinking water can never prove futile to your body, until of course you decide to overdo it. Drink sufficient amounts of water every day in order to allow the kidneys to filter blood properly. Whether summer or winter, make sure that your body is never deprived of water. And yes, avoid taking too much caffeine.
- Drink, smoke at your own risk: Heavy smoking and drinking can do lot of damage to your kidneys. Smoking reduces the flow of blood in kidneys. There are also great risks of high blood pressure and heart diseases.
- Know your kidney: It is crucial that you educate yourself about your kidney. Go for regular check-ups. Do not overdo pills or medications that might damage your kidneys. In case you feel uneasy in any area close to your kidney, it is better to see a doctor. Do not dismiss it as just another ‘pain in the stomach.’
Beyond all these, there is one more thing you need to take note of. Several medicines sold over the counter including several pain relievers can lead to kidney damage. Make sure to consult a doctor to know the risks involved before taking any medication. Ibuprofen and Naproxen are two generic drug categories which you especially need to watch out for. Excessive or prolonged use of these medicines can lead to CKD.
Go on. Embrace a healthy life today to secure your kidneys’ future.