The kidneys are essential organs for your body to function properly. They regulate blood volume and pH as well as blood pressure. They filter the plasma contained in the blood. They sort the waste while keeping the chemical compounds useful to the body. If you want to improve your overall health and avoid getting sick, it is important that you take care of your kidneys. Many things can go wrong. However, if you follow the simple tips described below, you will decrease your chances of developing kidney stones, getting kidney infections, or kidney failure.
Method 1 of 4: Eat healthy food
Step 1. Eat a balanced diet
Your overall health, like your kidney health, is largely dependent on a balanced diet. Avoid fatty and salty foods. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. To learn more about what a balanced diet really is, start by referring to the Food Pyramid. This will allow you to identify the different existing food groups.
Public health experts have criticized the original food pyramid. However, you can go to the following healthy eating pyramid site which features a recent update of the original pyramid. This new pyramid shows how a balanced diet should be combined with weight loss
Step 2. Reduce your salt intake
It is very common for the level of salt (or sodium) in the diet of many people to exceed the recommended daily amount. A diet too high in salt can affect the kidneys, as this condiment can raise blood pressure. Over time, the kidneys become damaged and become prone to serious disease.
- Prefer fresh foods to processed foods to consume less sodium.
- If you buy junk food, choose packaging that says “no added salt” or something similar.
- Get into the habit of reading labels and checking the salt levels in the product.
Step 3. Eat kidney-friendly foods
The most important thing you can do is eat a healthy, balanced diet. However, there are foods that are particularly beneficial for the kidneys and their function. Foods containing antioxidants are one of them. These promote good general health and good kidney health. These foods are usually fruits and vegetables, the most beneficial of which include cabbage, cauliflower, berries (especially cranberries also known as “cranberries”), red peppers and onions. Add them regularly to your shopping list.
- Please note: although cranberry juice is very healthy, it can contain a huge amount of sugar when sold in boxes.
- Asparagus is also believed to be very good for kidney health.
Method 2 of 4: Stay hydrated
Step 1. Drink lots of water
Good hydration contributes greatly to good general health. In fact, water dilutes the urine, which facilitates good kidney function and promotes good kidney health. Some doctors recommend drinking 8 glasses of water a day. However, in some cases you need to drink more. Water facilitates the removal of toxins and wastes from the body thus helping the kidneys in their role. It also helps regulate body temperature.
Step 2. Drink water regularly
Drinking regularly throughout the day instead of swallowing half a liter of water twice a day may also help optimize kidney function. The kidneys are used to regulate the fluids in your body and it will be easier for them to perform their role if you drink a small amount frequently.
Step 3. Drink alcohol in moderation
Drinking too much alcohol can interfere with proper kidney function and can seriously damage the kidneys. One of the main roles of the kidneys is to filter and remove harmful substances from the blood. Alcohol is one of those harmful substances that the kidneys must pass out. Too much alcohol can prevent the kidneys from doing their job.
Alcohol dehydrates which negatively affects the kidneys. On the contrary, good hydration has positive effects on kidney functions
Method 3 of 4: Maintain your figure and exercise regularly
Step 1. Hold your line
Why is this important? Being overweight can raise blood pressure, which puts strain on the kidneys. Eating a healthy, balanced diet while exercising should be enough to help you maintain a reasonable weight and prevent high blood pressure.
Being overweight can also lead to the development of diabetes. This disease and too high blood pressure are the two main causes of kidney disease
Step 2. Get plenty of exercise
Exercise is great for your health on all fronts and is instrumental in losing weight and maintaining weight. It promotes blood circulation and mobility helping the kidneys to better regulate blood. Exercise helps prevent diabetes and control blood pressure. As a result, the kidneys no longer work as hard to fulfill their role, which decreases the risk of contracting kidney disease.
- If you don't already exercise regularly, it's important that you include this activity in your weekly schedule. Thus, you will reap many benefits in the long term. In addition, it will allow you to optimize your kidney function. If you are a very busy (or a little lazy) person, you might find this difficult to set up. However, you should do all you can to make it happen.
- If you are not used to exercising regularly, the best way to find pleasure in this activity is to choose a sport or other physical activity that you particularly enjoy.
- If you don't want to join a club or be part of a team, you may find it much more fun and relaxing to exercise with your friends or your partner.
Step 3. Exercise outside to get enough vitamin D
It is well known that a vitamin D deficiency can lead to kidney disease. The kidneys also play a role in activating vitamin D. So when you train outside in the sun and make vitamin D from its rays, you put less strain on your kidneys.
- Exercising in the sun for at least 15 minutes a day can help your kidneys to function properly.
- Vitamin D also helps regulate calcium and phosphorus levels in the body.
Method 4 of 4: Find out about the onset of kidney problems
Step 1. What role do the kidneys play?
The first thing to do is to educate yourself and educate yourself on the nature of kidney functions. The kidneys play a very important role: they clean your blood (keeping it healthy) and they facilitate the essential transport of nutrients throughout the body, they protect you against disease and they maintain the blood pH at the right level. It is as you reflect on these things that you will realize that to be healthy you absolutely must have healthy kidneys that are functioning optimally.
Step 2. How do kidney problems appear?
After you understand how the kidneys work and why it is important to keep them healthy, you can also learn about the origin of kidney problems. The two biggest causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. But there are many other causes. These include: poisoning, injury or trauma. For example, kidney disease could appear after a very strong blow to the kidneys.
Some pain relievers can cause kidney problems when taken regularly for a long time. If you take this kind of medication regularly, see your doctor
Step 3. Examine your inheritance
Ask your parents if kidney problems are a part of your family's medical history. Kidney problems are often hereditary. If this is the case in your family, you may be at higher risk for developing kidney disease. In this case, consult your doctor so that he can guide you and give you advice on how to avoid developing this kind of hereditary disease.