Tips For Healthy Kidneys

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March 06, 2019

The kidneys are important organs that affect many other body parts, including the heart. Follow these tips to keep them working efficiently:

Avoid Extra Salt
Eating a lot of salty foods can disrupt the balance of minerals in the blood. This can make it harder for the kidneys to work properly. Try swapping out processed foods — which usually have a lot of added salt — for whole foods, such as:

  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • lean cuts of meat
  • nuts 

 


Exercise
High blood pressure is a known risk factor for chronic kidney disease. Regular exercise, even for just 20 minutes a day, can help reduce blood pressure.

Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water helps the kidneys perform one of their most important functions: removing toxins. Learn more about how much water you should really be drinking every day.

Use medications with caution
Regularly taking certain over-the-counter medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can cause kidney damage over time. Occasionally taking them is fine, but work with your doctor to find alternatives if you have a condition that requires managing pain, such as arthritis.

Know the risk factors
Several things can increase your risk of developing a kidney condition. Make sure you regularly have your kidney function tested if you:

 

Source: https://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/kidney

News date : 03/06/2019    Category : Education, Health

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