World Kidney Day: Five Ways to Keep your Kidneys Healthy

The entire world denotes march 11th as World Kidney Day. The reason this particular day is celebrated is to raise awareness about the importance of kidneys for overall well being and to reduce the frequency of diseases related to kidney. 

Have you ever wondered why kidneys are important?  Situated slightly below the ribcage, Kidneys are bean shaped organs.  One of the vital functions to this organ is it removes waste, filters blood every minute and extra water, which is converted into urine. They are extremely vital for maintaining a balance between the salts, minerals and water. The kidneys are also responsible for making organs that make red blood cells, keep the bones strong and also control blood pressure. 

In the present day scenario due to some factors like unhealthy lifestyle habits, injuries,and  high blood pressure; there has been an increase in the number of people suffering from minor to severe kidney diseases. 

Maintaining a healthy kidneys is vital for your overall health and wellbeing. Let’s look at some ways to keep your kidneys healthy. 

 

  • Drink lots of fluids- You must have heard time and again,  Drinking eight glasses of water a day keeps you healthy. Well it's absolutely true. Regular intake of water is also important for proper functioning of your kidneys. Water or any kind of fluid lowers the risk of chronic kidney disease, and it helps remove toxins and sodium from your kidneys. 

  • Indulge in physical workout- One of the best ways to ensure your kidneys are healthy is to indulge in physical workout on a daily basis. Exercise is shown to reduce blood pressure, and boosts heart health; both of which are important for preventing kidney damage. 

  • Keep your blood pressure under control- People who have diabetes are prone to developing kidney diseases. Keeping your blood sugar levels is one of the best ways to prevent kidney diseases. 

  • Eat a nutritious diet- Along with physical exercise, it is important to keep a track on your diet. People who are overweight or obese are prone to a number of health porblems, which in turn may damage the kidneys. Incorporate foods that are low in sodium like fish, whole grains, blueberries, green beans, apples, and lean chicken breast. 

  • Stay away from smoking and limit the intake of alcohol. Smoking and excessive drinking is linked to high blood pressure. As you already know, high blood pressure is one of the main reasons for kidney diseases. In order to ensure healthy kidneys, you have to reduce the intake of alcohol and try to stop smoking (if you're a smoker). 

 

-Akhila

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