Monday, June 28th, 2010

Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

Kidneys

Kidneys are bean shaped organs almost the size of a fist and are located on either side of the spine. Every day kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and extra water. The more obvious and well known role of kidneys is that it helps flush toxins and waste matter from the body through urine. Beyond, the obvious kidneys also help–
1. Influence our blood pressure
2. Stimulate the making of red blood cells
3. Maintain our body’s calcium levels and vitamin D activation
4. Filter blood

7-8 litres of blood get flushed 20 to 25 times by our kidneys. That’s too much of work and we tax our kidneys when we expose it to more of toxins and contaminants, either through air or through food, cigarette smoke and medicines.
Health conditions like diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, recurrent urinary tract infections also damage kidneys. When things are not well with your kidneys, it gives out symptoms in the form of edema. Edema results when kidneys produce less urine because they are unable to properly excrete salt and other wastes and fluid builds up in the body. Ankles and hands may swell and the person becomes short of breath.
Other symptoms of kidney problems are back pain, chills, fever, fluid retention, nausea, urinary urgency and vomiting.

How can you keep kidneys happy

1. Drink water. A natural and easy way to ensure that the kidneys are functioning to their maximum level is to drink around 10-12 glasses of water daily and to pass out urine when the bladder is full, without holding or controlling the need to pass urine. Indeed, drinking sufficient amounts of pure water is the best and most natural method of constant kidney detox. It’s cheap, too. Odorless and colorless urine is an indication of the kidneys functioning well without accumulation of any particular minerals, salts etc. People who don’t drink ample water may develop kidney stones.

2. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. These being high in fibre help in digestion and are good for kidney detoxification.

3. Cranberry juice is effective in keeping kidneys healthy. It helps acidify the urine and also keeps urinary tract infection at bay.

4. Reduce intake of animal protein in your diet, as a diet high in animal protein like Atkins can stress your kidneys.

5. Be careful with pain killers.  Having high doses of pain killers, like Ibuprofen indiscriminately can cause kidney distress.

6. Stay active. Your body loves exercise. Sedentary people are more prone to develop kidney stones.

7. Increase your consumption of foods rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial to the urinary tract. Good sources include pumpkin, carrots and mangoes.

8. Avoid table salt and extra source of salt from canned foods, chips and cola.

The urine Microalbumin Spot Test is an early indicator of kidney disease. It measures the miniscule amounts of albumin the body releases into the urine several years before significant kidney damage becomes apparent. People at risk must be screened for possible kidney disorder or for early damage to the kidneys every six months to a year

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