5 Ways to Support Healthy Kidneys

5 Ways to Support Healthy Kidneys

Kidneys play a crucial role in your overall health. They are responsible for the removal of waste from the body, keep fluids in balance, and make a number of hormones that are necessary for life [1]. With so many significant jobs, it is important to treat your kidneys well.

Here are five things you can do to support healthy kidneys:

1. Quit Smoking

Quit Smoking

Smoking slows blood flow to many important organs, including the kidneys. The decrease in blood flow makes it harder for the kidneys to do their job [2].

2. Hydrate

Hydrate

However, not too much. Consuming around 2–3 litres of water daily helps the kidneys clear waste from the body, and keeps everything running smoothly [3].

3. Eat healthy foods

A balanced diet made up of fresh, whole foods can help keep weight in check and can promote healthy blood sugar and blood pressure levels already within the normal range to promote healthy kidney function [4].

4. Exercise regularly

Exercise regularly

Along with eating healthy, regular moderate exercise will help in the maintenance of a healthy weight [4].

5. Use caution with medications

Excessive amounts of some medications can be damaging to the kidneys. Speak with your health care practitioner or pharmacist before taking any new medications [3].

The Bottom Line

You can decrease your chances of developing kidney issues by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Often the kidneys are affected because of complications from other medical conditions.

A healthy body = healthy, happy kidneys!

References:
[1] National Kidney Foundation. “Top 5 Jobs Kidneys Do.” National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 2016. Web. 19 December 2016.

[2] Yacoub, Rabi et al. “Association between Smoking and Chronic Kidney Disease: A Case Control Study.” BMC Public Health 10 (2010): 731. PMC. Web. 19 Dec. 2016.

[3] International Society of Nephrology. “8 Golden Rules.” World Kidney Day, 2016. Web. 19 December 2016.

[4] Mayo Clinic Staff. “Chronic Kidney Disease: Symptoms And Causes.” Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2016. Web. 19 December 2016.