We don’t typically think about our kidneys, and this can be a good thing. Not having to think about these fist-sized organs means they are probably in good working order. The thing is, now is a great time to give some attention to the kidneys. When we do this, we are better able to avoid potential problems.
Supporting the kidneys is an easy thing to do, and incredibly beneficial, seeing that the role of these organs is to detoxify the body of waste. Protect your kidney health by:
- Watching what you drink – and how you drink, too. Most people are aware of the value of drinking water, but there’s more to it than a simple recommendation. The cells of the body need water to stay hydrated and functional. Other beverages, such as coffee and alcohol, may put stress on the kidneys. This means that water consumption should be high enough to override your intake of beverages that work against this goal of hydrating the body. Furthermore, guzzling a glass here and there isn’t sufficient for hydration. Sipping is more effective and can be easy when you keep a bottle of water nearby throughout the day.
- Watch what you eat. According to the National Kidney Foundation, there is such as thing as a kidney-friendly diet. Interestingly enough, it mimics a heart-friendly diet; one that is limited in sodium and has plentiful fruits and vegetable content, as well as healthy fats. To make it easy, start by significantly reducing your consumption of processed foods.
- Don’t Smoke. If you do, stop. The chemicals in cigarettes are inhibiting to circulation. They cause the blood vessels in the body to constrict and eventually cause significant damage to the arteries and veins, including those that supply the kidneys with good, healthy blood.
- Move more. Exercise: it does a body good. Moving increases circulation and promotes optimal blood flow even when you’re not working up a sweat. In fact, certain exercises, such as yoga, offer specific benefits for kidney health, according to studies.
Collin County Urology offers professional care in a friendly environment. Learn more about kidney health and treatments for kidney conditions in our Plano office at (972) 403-5425.This entry was posted in Kidney Infection, Kidney Stone. Bookmark the permalink.
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