Today is world kidney day and we owe it to ourselves to appreciate these beautiful God-given organs-the kidneys. We can do that by living right as well as eating and drinking the right things.
A good number of people today suffer all kinds of kidney diseases. I bet most of them now nurse damaged kidneys out of ignorance. So every March 9, there is a global sensitization on the do’s and don’t of kidney health.
Statistics from the medical world shows that there is an alarming increase in the dialysis population. In other words, more and more people, young and old alike suffer from kidney diseases.
Did you know that one can lose as much as 90% of kidney function and not have any symptoms or problems? That is why it is important that we are health conscious and knowledgeable about our organs.
The first step in protecting and preserving the kidneys is understanding how the Kidney works.
Ideally, everyone has a pair of bean-shaped kidneys; with each one about 4 or 5 inches long. The kidneys are found behind the abdomen. The kidneys are the organs that are responsible for purifying the blood. They help to filter the blood by removing toxins and harmful substances.
The kidneys control the body’s fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which are collected in the kidneys’ pelvis.
Once the organ fails in this function, it means that the entire body suffers for it. This is because impurities will saturate and eventually tear down the body system.
According to Wed MD, all the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. Each kidney contains around a million units called nephrons, each of which is a microscopic filter for blood.
The kidney is able to perform self-cleansing if you consume the proper fluids and foods.
When do we say kidneys are damaged?
The minute the Kidney can no longer filter the blood and remove toxic wastes from the body, it is considered damaged. However if detected early enough, could be managed with medications and a healthy lifestyle.
A range of causes can lead to kidney damage. They include- health conditions like diabetes/high blood pressure, poor diet, chronic dehydration, excessive alcohol and smoking.
What you can do to protect the kidneys
1. Drink Lots Of Water
Keeping the body system hydrated is always a good thing. Water helps the kidneys to cleanse the body while keeping the pair of organs clean in itself and re-invigorated.
Taking plenty of water helps to prevent kidney stones.
2. Invest In Balanced Diets
A culture of taking a balanced meal will help you maintain a healthy weight and a balanced cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables should be a part of the daily diet. Watermelon and berries are especially recommended for kidney health.
3. Cut Off Smoking
Not only does smoking endanger the heart and the lungs, it also affects the kidney. Smoking slows the blood flow to the kidneys and that increases the chances of kidney diseases.
4. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
5. Blood Pressure
Keep up tabs with your blood pressure, ensuring they are normal. Stress can affect your kidney health. A high blood pressure is a most common cause of kidney problems.
6. Avoid salty foods
This often comes through commercialized foods which uses sodium as a preservative. A high intake of salt increases the sodium content of the blood; causes a high blood pressure and reduces the ability of the kidneys to remove water.