One of the key things to limit in a diet aiming to care for the kidneys is Sodium and for some people already with the disease there might be a need to limit their consumption of protein too.
When it comes to diet for those with the disease, they will have follow doctor’s orders strictly.
In recent times, kidney disease has become kind of more prevalent among younger people and the fact that kidney failure can certainly lead to death especially where people can’t afford dialysis. It is a serious ailments that has a significant impact on health and quality of life. This really got me into research mode of what really causes it and how we can reduce/ sucessfully eliminate our risks of getting it.
The kidneys are a vital organ that primarily remove waste products and excess fluids from the body through the urine. They also help balance the electrolyte levels in the body amongst other functions.
Kidney disease may be a primary condition or a result of other ailments such as hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis (when arteries are clogged by fatty substances), or diabetes (high blood sugar).
Old age is certainly also a risk factor especially in older men as a result of enlargement of the postrate , ( that is particularly common in men over 50 years) which may lead to urinary tract infection that can also impact on kidney function if not properly treated.
Side effects from medicines/drugs are common and preventable causes of serious kidney disorders. Even some non prescription drugs can be very damaging; for example combining aspiring and paracetamol. Particular care should be taken with Non- Steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like Ibrupofen, Aspirin, Naproxen and others available by prescription.
In short, be very safe with medicines; make sure your doctor knows about any vitamin supplements, herbal teas and other non prescription medicines you are taking before prescribing you new ones.
Conscious Steps To Care for Your Kidneys
Drink plenty of fluids ; (6-8 glasses daily) preferably clean drinking water to flush the urinary system and replace lost fluids in order to prevent kidney stones . Aim to excrete about 2 litres of urine daily if you are already suffering from kidney stones.
Limit your sodium intake and stop the bad habit of adding salt to your food at the table.
Always read food labels on packaged foods as many processed foods have high sodium contents. Salt is an acquired taste that can easily be adjusted by retraining your taste buds.
Do not smoke or drink alcohol excessively as these two lifestyle choices raise blood pressure and high blood pressure is one of the most common causes of kidney disease.
Keep your blood sugar levels under control; especially for people living with diabetes.
Regularly eat a balanced and well varied diet from all the food groups for optimal nutrition.
Maintain a healthy blood pressure, as untreated high blood pressure can impair kidney function / totally damage the organs. It is a deadly silent killer.
Live a physically active lifestyle that includes aerobic exercises and if possible strength training. Aim for about 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical exercises in a week.
Avoid regular or long term use of non prescription pain killers, calcium supplements and vitamin pills which have side effects and interactions that may cause kidney damage.
Above all, let us realise that health is wealth ; and take all necessary steps within our control to protect our health when blessed with good health.