Kidneys are very important part of human internal organs.
Kidney diseases is on the rise now unlike before and it’s time we created awareness about this ravaging disease to save more lives.
There are ways you can protect your kidneys from failing.
Your kidneys filter waste and extra fluid out of your blood, to be removed from your body through your urine. When your kidneys stop working, it’s called kidney failure.
How you can prevent Kidney failure
Manage your blood sugar
Diabetes increases risk of Kidney failure, it’s to your best interest when you manage your blood sugar whether you have diabetes or not. You can reduce sugar intake, cut down on carbohydrates and sodas. Drink more water, constantly check your sugar level when necessary.
Manage your blood pressure
High blood pressure can also increase risk of kidney failure. When you pay attention to your blood pressure, your problem is half solved. Always check if your blood pressure is high or low, exercise more, take your medicine if you have been diagnosed of low or high blood pressure.
Eat clean and healthy
Too much carbohydrates and cholesterol leads to unhealthy weight gain and that is not good for you. Opt for foods high in fibre, adequate amount of protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Drink enough Water
Water is life and affordable, drink lots of clean water, dehydration reduces blood flow to your kidneys, which can damage them.Drink as much as you can but not too much. It’s advised you drink about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day . You can also ask your doctor how much water you should drink per day.
Reduce salt intake
Salt is good, it makes your food taste better but excess of it is damaging. Too much salt cause high blood pressure and that can expose you to increased risks of having kidney failure.
Limit alcohol intake
Alcohol can also increase your blood pressure, it contains calories as well which can make you gain weight. All these aren’t good for your well being. Drink alcohol in moderate quantity or substitute for freshly made juice, smoothies, and water of course, if you can.
Don’t self medicate
Self medication is popular here in Nigeria but it’s causing more harm than good.
Most over- the -counter-drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, when taken in high doses reduce the amount of blood flow to your kidneys.
Importance of exercising is numerous, swimming, walking, running, jogging, dancing, yoga, e.t.c, can help reduce stress, manage diabetes and high blood pressure, and maintain a healthy weight.
Doing all these we have mentioned will not only prevent Kidney failure but help improve your health and wellness in general.
If you suspect you might have kidney disease, it’s best you go to the hospital, see a doctor for evaluation to get the help you need.
Early detection and diagnosis saves life.
Photo credit: Stanford medicine.