10 tips to protect your kidneys

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10 Simple Steps That Will Help You Protect Your Kidneys, Before It’s Too Late!

Chronic kidney disease affects millions of people worldwide, radically curtailing their quality of life, with the threat of dialysis or transplantation hanging over their heads.

1. Eat Yoghurt Every Day

Yoghurt contains probiotics (good bacteria) that help your kidneys process waste materials and improve your overall digestive health.

2. Drink Plenty Of Water

Consuming plenty of water and other fluids helps the kidneys clear the sodium, urea and other toxins from the body in a healthy manner. It keeps both the kidneys and the rest of the body healthy.

3. Take Only Kidney-Safe Drugs

Excessive consumption of over-the-counter pills, painkillers and analgesics such as Ibuprofen is not healthy. Some of these drugs can harm the kidneys if consumed on a regular basis. If you have arthritis or a similarly painful condition that requires you to take painkillers frequently, make sure your doctor prescribes your drugs, and not your chemist.

4. Lower Your Phosphorus Intake

If the kidneys aren’t working properly, phosphorus accumulates in the body, causing potentially serious conditions such as bone and heart disorders, and calcification (hardening) of tissues. Avoid consuming products with a high phosphorus content, like carbonated soft drinks and processed foods. You only need 800 – 1,200 mg of phosphorus per day; the extra amount is flushed from the body by healthy kidneys.

5. Eat Healthy

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can prevent multiple diseases. Cut down on processed and packaged foods and eat light and fresh. This will also help you avoid foods that are rich in empty calories and reduce your salt intake. If necessary, consult a dietitian about adopting a kidney-friendly diet.

6. Quit Your Harmful Habits

Excessive drinking doesn’t just damage your liver; it also harms your kidneys. Similarly, excessive smoking doesn’t just affect your lungs, but your kidneys as well.

7. Know Your Family Medical History

Awareness can help you be more prepared. Talk to a doctor about whether your family history puts you at a greater risk and what preventive steps you should take in case your parents or relatives have kidney disease. If you are at a greater risk, make sure you get your renal functions tested to know how healthy your kidneys are. Often, people who have no symptoms discover that they have renal disease.

8. Keep Your Blood Sugar Levels Under Control

Having diabetes compounds your chances of developing kidney disease. A large number of diabetic patients suffer from kidney failure and need dialysis or organ transplants. It is therefore important that you keep your blood sugar levels under control. It is also important for people with diabetes to get regular kidney function tests to detect any anomalies early. Kidney damage from diabetes can be reduced or prevented if it is detected in time.

9. Manage Your Blood Pressure

Hypertension not only increases your chances of getting a stroke and cardiovascular disease, but it also increases your risk of developing kidney disease. The risk is multiplied if you suffer from diabetes as well. If you have a family history of hypertension and kidney disease, keep a strict check on your blood pressure. Manage it by living a healthy life and strictly adhering to advised medication. Maintain your cholesterol levels.

10. Live An Active Life

Lack of physical activity is the root cause of a large number of lifestyle diseases. Leading sedentary lives makes us more prone to developing hypertension, heart disease, obesity and even diabetes. Pre-diabetics, who are at an increased risk of turning diabetic, can control their blood sugar levels by exercising every day for half an hour. Exercising also helps keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and weight under control. Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure, which are major risk factors for kidney disease.

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