The kidneys are some of the most used and abused organs of the overall human body. They are tasked with the responsibility of ridding the blood of toxins and the body of excess fluids by filtering out impurities. They also stimulate red blood cell production, help regulate blood pressure and control the metabolism of calcium in the human body. To say the kidneys are overworked would be an understatement, and it seems that today more than ever, we are witness to a rise in kidney disease like we have never seen before. In America alone, there are more than half a million people living with kidney failure, and almost 80% of them are undergoing dialysis treatment. The causes of kidney disease are many, and while the condition may be hereditary there are also other factors that can influence its occurrence that can be somewhat controlled and considered as you go about your life. While kidney disease is not considered fatal in most cases, there is a significant reduction in the quality of life of patients with kidney failure. Today in Joe Cosgrove’s Blog, we want to tell about some of the things you can do to keep your kidneys healthy and what extent of your renal health is in your hands to influence and care for.
Keep control of your blood pressure
High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of kidney problems and sometimes people suffer from hypertension and are not even aware of it. It is important to have regular health screenings in order to keep track of things like this. High blood pressure puts unnecessary strain on your kidneys and can eventually lead to kidney failure if left unchecked. If you take medicine for your blood pressure, make sure you follow the schedule given by your doctor and always take the meds on time.
Proper hydration is all about balance. Drinking water is one of the healthiest habits you can have, but overdoing it also has its toll. Over-hydration is not something doctors recommend as it can have dangerous results and it doesn’t necessarily help your kidneys perform their functions any better. Hydration is different for every single person and it has to do with your habits and your own metabolism. During the summer and while exercising requires a higher intake of water to stay properly hydrated than if you work sitting down and don’t do much physical activity.
Since high blood pressure and diabetes are two factors that promote kidney disease, it is important to watch what you eat and stay away from foods that are bad for your kidneys while consuming things that promote healthy renal activity. Proper eating habits can help you maintain your weight under control and promote a faster metabolism. When your body receives the proper nutrients, it heals faster and it doesn’t overwork its functions.
Smoking and alcohol consumption
Smoking is bad for your health period, and when it comes to your kidneys it can damage blood vessels reducing blood flow to them. If the kidneys are not receiving blood the way they should, they will not be able to perform their basic functions properly. Alcohol dehydrates you and raises your blood pressure, two things that are particularly damaging to your kidneys.
Moderate exercise can be enough to promote your overall health and it works particularly well for your kidneys. You do not have to over do it at the gym every day, but a simple change in habits can make a huge difference in your life. The amount of exercise you do has to be proportional to your body type and health condition. As with most things, excess are bad and should be considered.
Consider your specific situation
No two bodies are the same and that is why you have to understand your specific needs and understand your body to know what it needs. Maintain control of your body weight and blood pressure, take your medicines and create a small exercise routine that works for you. The things that are helpful for some may not apply to you and vice versa. It is important to take charge of your own health.
Be careful with over the counter medication
Do not abuse seemingly harmless medication like ibuprofen and aspirin as they can be damaging to your kidneys if used in abundance. These types of substances have their use and you should consider your doctor before deciding to take medication you can buy over the counter. Not everyone reacts the same way, so you should be informed and always take them with moderation.
See your doctor
You and your doctor make up the best team to avoid kidney failure. Make sure you have a good relationship and communicate regularly about your health concerns and questions you may have.
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