The human body system is equipped with various organs with specific functions for the general well- being of a person. The kidneys are among the vital organs that help the body remove toxins, particularly, as urine. These two bean-shaped organs are equally responsible for filtering the blood, balancing body fluids, as well as the release of hormones to control blood pressure. They go further to maintain calcium metabolism and produce vitamins for healthy bones. From the foregoing, healthy kidneys can be said to be indispensable for the effective functioning of the body. They do not work in isolation, and this implies that once they are affected, the operation of other essential organs (like the heart) can be altered alongside. Thus, it is imperative to emphasize on the need to take good care of the kidneys, as overworking these organs can result in costly damages to the body system. Before delving into tips that will help to ensure that the kidneys continue to function optimally, it is best to know activities that can put these “super workers” at risk of breaking down. This is to say that they make you more likely to get kidney diseases. Pay attention to the following factors in case you are guilty of engaging deliberately or not in any of these harmful actions:
• Unregulated sugar intake.
• Indiscriminate drinking of alcohol
• Prolonged intake of certain drugs such as blood pressure or ulcer medicines, antibiotics, etc
• Taking of hard drugs like heroine, marijuana and so on.
The truth is that kidney diseases can happen to anyone but just like every other disease, early diagnosis makes treatment easier and more effective. This can only happen when you pay attention to your body. Once you notice symptoms as the ones enumerated below, do not hesitate to Consult a Doctor
• Swelling of the ankles.
• Shortness of breath.
• Lack of adequate sleep
• Feeling nauseous
• Body weakness
• Buildup of waste products and fluid in the body.
A regular medical checkup is advised if you have a family background with kidney disease or prone to the risk factors associated with it like diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Kidneys
Earlier in the year, we talked about Replacing Unhealthy Habits. This is because, as you will soon observe, most of the tips to be discussed in this exposition have a direct bearing to replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones. Now, to the crux of this article, taking proper care of the kidneys equally relies on the choices and habits we can cultivate into our daily routines. The following change in lifestyle can help boost the performance of your kidneys as well as prevent them from failing:
The benefits of exercising go beyond keeping fit but also helps to ensure that the inner organs work efficiently. You do not necessarily have to register at a gym to help the kidneys function properly. Exercises like walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, etc have positive impacts on the kidneys as they help with weight control, sleep hygiene and improvement of physical functions.
Control Sugar Intake:
Sugar is the new poison. Be mindful of your sugar consumption, particularly your consumption of sugary foods, such as ice creams, soft drinks, alcohol, cakes and pastries, etc. In the same vein, endeavor to check your blood sugar level regularly. These will help to reduce or prevent the risk of getting kidney disease.
Monitor your blood pressure:
A lot of blood vessels are involved in the removal of wastes and fluids from the blood. An uncontrolled high blood pressure may cause weakness of the arteries that deliver blood around the kidneys.
Maintain a Healthy Diet:
You can never go wrong by eating right. Maintaining a healthy diet helps to reduce the amount of waste in the blood. Eat foods that protect or prevent your kidneys from damage. Take care not to accumulate certain minerals like sodium (usually table salt) in your food as well as reduce your consumption of processed foods. Endeavour to balance your meals with the appropriate proportion of vitamins and nutrients.
Body fluids facilitate digestion, circulation and transportation of nutrients in the body. Ensure that you drink enough water daily. Other liquids like juices and lemonades can equally help you stay hydrated. Take fruits that are rich in liquid content like watermelon, pineapple and cucumber.
Quit smoking, excessive alcohol and drugs abuse:
Aside from affecting the lungs, smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys and can trigger or worsen kidney disease. Not taking alcohol in moderation can overwork the kidneys and lead to their failure. Drug abuse is the shortest way to death, and this includes self-medication. Getting over-the-counter drugs may seem to be an easy way but it is never the wise way to care for your health. If going to the hospital is such an issue for you, you can simply Consult a Doctor on KompleteCare and get the right prescription.
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