Take care of your kidneys naturally


Kidney diseases are silent killers. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive loss of kidney function over a period of months or years. Most people have no symptoms until CKD becomes quite advanced. A person can lose up to 90% of kidney function before experiencing any clear symptoms.

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You may be at risk if you:

Have high blood pressure

Have diabetes

Have a family history of kidney disease

Are overweight

Smoke

Are over 50 years of age

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There are, however, several easy ways to reduce the risk of kidney disease, prevent complications, and improve the quality of life.


Start the day with a glass of water; water helps one to stay hydrated and flush out waste, lowering the chance of developing kidney stones and infections.

Minimize spice intake; excess sodium and potassium in foods usually come from seasonings and pickles.

Maintain a healthy weight; check your BMI regularly and manage it. Walking is one of the best ways to be physically active.

Limit salt Intake; too much salt (sodium) leads to high blood pressure, which affects kidney function.

Control cholesterol - high cholesterol, especially in diabetics, Increases the risks of kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke.

Limit intake of alcohol and tobacco (smoking or chewing), as they increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, kidney disease, and other health problems.

Don't resist the urge to urinate. Filtration of blood is a key function of the kidneys. After filtration, the waste and water are stored in the urinary bladder and needs to be excreted.

Drink healthy beverages; drinking fruit juice or coconut water helps keep the kidneys healthy.

Avoid too much coffee and tea as they contain caffeine which reduces the number of fluids in the body.

Manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease: In most cases, kidney disease results from conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure.