When all the articles have been written and all the research is done, the best way to keep your kidneys healthy is by preventing the common diseases that harm them.
The incidences of hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes or a family history of kidney failure threaten one of three Americans who have a high risk of developing kidney disease. But even if you don’t fit in any of those risk categories, it’s important to take care of these critically important organs.
How To Keep Your Kidneys Healthy
There are a number of things you can do to keep your kidneys functioning properly and keep them as healthy as possible at every stage of life.
Contrary to popular belief, no studies have proven over-hydration as an effective practice in maintaining or boosting kidney function.
While it’s always a good idea to drink enough water, drinking more than the usually recommended four to six glasses a day will probably not help your kidneys do their job any better.
Eat healthy foods
Your kidneys can tolerate a wide range of dietary habits, but most kidney problems arise out of other medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Because of this, prevention is the key.
➡ Healthy, moderate eating habits to control weight and maintaining a healthy blood pressure will keep your kidneys functioning well for a lifetime.
➡ Do not overexert yourself if you’re not already conditioned, however. Be mindful of how much exercise you do.
➡ Overexerting yourself when you’re not fit and healthy can put a strain on your kidneys, especially if you exercise so much that you cause excessive breakdown of muscle tissue.
Be careful with supplements and herbal remedies
➡ Excessive amounts of certain vitamin supplements and some herbal extracts may be harmful to your kidneys. Talk to your doctor about any vitamins and herbs you plan to take.
➡ Smoking damages your blood vessels, which then decreases the flow of blood in the kidneys. Without adequate blood flow, the kidneys cannot function at their highest level.
➡ Smoking also increases the risk of high blood pressure as well as the risk of kidney cancer.
Don’t overdo it when taking over-the-counter medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories)
➡ Common non-prescription pills like Ibuprofen (i.e. Advil and Motrin ), as well as Naproxen (like Aleve And Naprosyn) can cause kidney damage if taken regularly over a prolonged period.
If you have healthy kidneys and use these medicines for occasional pain, they probably don’t pose a risk.
However, if you take them for chronic pain or arthritis, you should talk to your doctor about monitoring your kidney function or finding alternative ways to control your pain.
➡ If you have either diabetes or high blood pressure, your physician should screen for kidney dysfunction as part of routine care for those conditions.
➡ Often, your kidneys simply become affected by other medical conditions.
The most important thing you can do to keep your kidneys safe is to take care of your body to reduce your chances of developing diseases that put a strain on your kidneys.
I’m sure it gets boring to hear and read the same advice over and over. The proof of its validity, however, is found in hundreds of research studies and your physician’s education and understanding of how intricately everything in your body is dependent on everything else.
What you do internally shows on the outside. Likewise, how you treat the outside of your body is also reflected in the health of your organs, head to toe.
The bottom line is this, however, healthy kidneys love a healthy body.
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