Have you thought about your kidney health lately? Me neither. Well, today’s guest blogger, Monica, gives us ample reason to start thinking about taking better care of our kidneys and how to do this. Which (not surprising), is really living a healthier lifestyle! Check out the deets:
The truth is that every single person out there wants to be in great health for the rest of their lives. Nobody wants to experience pain in their lifetime! Most people are interested in avoiding disease such as diabetes and kidney disease while at the same time improving overall health.
The reality is that most people rarely, if ever, think about their kidney health. In fact, when was the last time you thought about your kidneys and how they’re doing? If you can’t remember, then perhaps it’s time to starting paying them some attention.
You need to appreciate the fact that your kidneys are one of the most important organs of your body. One of the main responsibilities they have is to filter about 200 quarts of blood each and every day. Another responsibility they have is to filter about 2 quarts of excess water and waste products… all of which becomes urine down the road.
Your kidneys also produce essential hormones and help ensure your blood chemicals are properly regulated. Taking the time to care of your kidneys just makes good sense in the long term!
Here are a few solid tips that will help to keep your kidneys in remarkable health:
1. Drink plenty of water everyday
Being hydrated all the time will help ensure the volume and concentration of your blood is maintained as it should be. The other benefit is that it will help ensure your digestive system is working as it should be, and that your body’s optimal temperature is maintained. On top of that, staying hydrated will help rid your body of toxins.
To get all these things done, the average person should drink about 64 ounces of water every single day. However if you have kidney issues or you happen to be an individual that sweats a lot, then you’re going to want to increase the amount of water you drink.
A good average is to drink half your body weight in ounces everyday. So if you weighed 180 pounds you should aim to drink at least 90 ounces of water everyday… preferably filtered.
2. Avoid delaying going to the toilet
One of the main functions your kidneys have is to filter the blood in your body. Once your body is done filtering, all the excess water and waste that remains is stored up in your bladder waiting to be released. However there is only so much your bladder can hold… which, to be precise, is 14 ounces.
If you prevent yourself from going to the bathroom when you need to go, your bladder stretches out more than what it should. So when you do finally get around to urinating, your bladder doesn’t actually empty all the way… and in the long term this can lead to urinary tract infections.
3. Drink juice on a regular basis
Of course, juicing by itself isn’t going to cure all your problems but if you take the time to prepare and drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice on a regular basis then your kidneys are only going to be better for it.
The great thing about juicing is that it will cause your digestive system to absorb all the additional water in your body and therefore help flush out the toxins and waste.
But if you happen to have kidney stones then you’ll want to avoid making juices that contain things like spinach, collard greens and beets. The reason to avoid these vegetables is that they contain a whole lot more oxalic acid which actually promotes the creation of kidney stones.
4. Start eating properly
The truth is that the food you eat is literally fuel for your body and how your body functions will be largely dependent upon the kinds of foods that you consume on a day to day basis. If the foods that you consume are terrible for you and processed then it will, over the long term, affect your health in a negative way… including your kidneys.
This is the precise reason why it’s so important for you to avoid consuming processed, junk foods.
So what should you be eating? Your focus should be on eating those foods that will help keep your kidneys healthy and strong… this includes consuming things like green tea, watermelon, garlic, asparagus, parsley and fish.
5. Make sure that you’re taking all the right supplements
One of the best supplements that you can take contains cranberry extract. Take this and you can be sure that not only will your kidneys function at their best but it will also help to keep your bladder working in top order.
Why is cranberry extract so good for you? Well, the main reason lies in its ability to keep harmful bacteria from sticking to your kidneys. Cranberries also have the ability to reduce the amount of inflammation that you experience and they also provide you with much needed antioxidants.
To really keep your kidneys in great condition, take about 400 mg of cranberry extract every single day. If you’re suffering from a condition such as urinary tract infection then I’d recommend that you double up the dosage.
You should also make sure that you’re taking adequate amounts of vitamin D. There are plenty of research studies out there that show that being deficient in vitamin D can drastically increase the chance that you experience kidney issues down the lane. You’re going to want to take at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D every single day.
You need to remember your kidneys were designed to last for your entire life. Make sure you take care of them by applying the tips that I shared with you above so that you remain healthy and fit for as long as you live. 🙂
About the Author
If you enjoyed reading this article then be sure to check out Monica’s blog where she writes a ton of articles on subjects such as developing a positive mindset even when you have kidney disease. Who knows perhaps you’ll learn something that could benefit you 🙂
Do you have any good kidney health tips you’d like to share?