7 Things You Can Do For Your Kidney Health
Your kidneys play an important role in the daily workings of your body and help maintain your general health and wellbeing, so it makes good sense to take good care of them. Kidney diseases are silent killers, which will largely affect your quality of life. If your kidneys can't do their regular job, your body becomes overloaded with toxins. This can lead to kidney failure and even be life-threatening.There are however several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease.
Some key recommendations are:
- Get your blood pressure checked regularly and make sure it stays below the levels recommended by your doctor.
- Make sure you monitor your blood glucose levels and stay within your targets. This is especially important if you have or suspect diabetes.
- Lead an active, healthy lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat healthy and keep your weight in check.
- Reduce your salt intake. The recommended sodium intake is 5-6 grams of salt per day (around a teaspoon). In order to reduce your salt intake, try and limit the amount of processed and restaurant food and do not add salt to food.
- Maintain a healthy fluid intake – about 1.5 to 2 liters of water a day. Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease.
- Do not smoke – smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys.
In case you do have any kidney related issues, check with your naturopath or ayurvedic doctor if any of these supplements are right for you. Keep in mind, any natural or ayurvedic treatment takes about 3 months to show results.