The kidney is a vital organ in the human body that carries out the detoxification process to eliminate toxins, excess water and waste products from the body. These bean-shaped organs need to be in perfect health to help the body process everything naturally. Nowadays kidney problems are increasing due to various reasons. Lifestyle factors play an important role in maintaining health and wellness. So for a healthy kidney we must make sure to practice. In this paragraph, Dr. Atul Ingle, Consultant Nephrologist and Transplant Physician, Director, Department of Nephrology, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Bhashi Kidney health tips are shared to make sure your kidneys are in good condition.
7 Healthy Practices for Kidney Health
Here are some good habits for a healthy kidney that you must follow to avoid kidney problems.
Stay active and fit
One of the main habits that can keep you healthy and fit throughout your life is physical activity. As long as your body is fit and in its best shape, you are healthy. Exercising regularly is very important to reduce the risk of kidney disease. It will increase blood circulation which keeps the heart and other organs healthy. Do some physical activity every day to promote overall well-being.
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Control blood sugar
Not just diabetics, but everyone should have their blood sugar checked. High blood sugar can damage your kidneys because when blood sugar is irregular or blood cells are unable to use the glucose present in the blood, it puts a strain on your kidneys. Therefore, patients with diabetes have a higher risk of chronic kidney disease.
Monitor blood pressure
Both high blood sugar and high blood pressure are equally detrimental to the health of your kidneys. One of the healthiest habits of the kidneys is to monitor your blood pressure regularly. High blood pressure increases the risk of cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. If your blood pressure rises frequently, you must consult a doctor to prevent kidney disease (s).
Healthy diet and weight management
A healthy diet is important not only for controlling your weight but also for your kidneys. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of kidney problems and therefore weight control is very important. Having a healthy weight and proper BMI is the key to good health. If you want to keep your kidneys healthy, avoid oily, salty and junk food. Keep seasonal products and try to eat only home cooked food. Don’t go on a crash diet just to lose weight as it can increase the risk of health problems in the long run.
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Drink plenty of fluids
Water is the best detoxifying drink that cleanses the whole body. If you drink healthy fluids like water and fresh fruit juice, you can easily get rid of toxins from the body. Drinking water not only keeps the body hydrated but it also helps in kidney function and weight control. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily to keep your kidneys healthy. In addition, drinking water reduces the risk of kidney stones.
Avoid smoking and alcohol
If you smoke or drink alcohol, stop these habits to make sure your kidneys are healthy. Nicotine reduces blood flow and over time damages blood vessels, disrupting blood supply to the body, including the kidneys. Alcohol is equally destructive because it dehydrates the body and impairs kidney function.
Avoid taking unnecessary OTC medications
If you want to pop a pill for every small to big problem, it can threaten your kidneys. If you frequently take over-the-counter medications, your health is at risk because these medications have long-term effects.
In addition to the aforementioned habits, you must have your kidney function checked once or twice a year. This will help you keep track of your kidney function and whether there are any underlying problems that require medical attention. Don’t ignore kidney problems as it can lead to chronic illnesses such as kidney failure over time.
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