Kidneys are important

November 12, 2012

Kidneys are important

Kidneys are two organs in your lower back used to clean the blood. Any waste material in the blood is filtered out by the kidneys and it is then turned into urine for disposal by the body. So keeping them healthy and in good shape is crucial to your health and wellbeing.

There are a few

lifestyle things that can affect the condition of your kidneys. To remain healthy you must remain hydrated, eat healthily, keep an eye on your blood pressure, avoid alcohol and smoking and keep your weight at a healthy level.

If you are dehydrated then your urine will be a very dark colour. If this is the case then you must drink to replenish your body with water. It is more important to avoid dehydration in hotter climates or when exercising because you may lose more fluid through lots of sweating.

Eating healthily ensures two things, your kidneys are being well looked after and you will not put on any excess weight.

Being overweight is bad for your kidneys and it can cause an increase in blood pressure. Don’t overeat and do some exercise to try to keep yourself at a healthy weight. You can get all the minerals and vitamins your body requires if you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Grains, such as wholewheat pasta, bread and rice are also good nutrients to find in a balanced diet. Also avoid excessive salty or fatty food. Your doctor may decide if you are overweight by use of a body mass index (BMI) calculator. This can be an important tool when measuring whether you’re a healthy weight.

Because a raised blood pressure does not have any symptoms it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If you do have high blood pressure it can increase your risk of kidney problems. A blood pressure check is simple and takes less than a couple of minutes and is available at your GP’s surgery and many high street pharmacies will carry it out free of charge.

Should your blood pressure be high then your GP can prescribe medication or perhaps suggest lifestyle changes that will help to reduce your blood pressure.

The kidneys’ job is to carry away toxins within the body, alcohol and smoking are full of toxins. Therefore the kidneys have to work much harder if you are a smoker or drinker. It is best to stop smoking and only drink to recommended limits.

The kidneys are healthier when you are healthier so try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five times every week. This can be anything you enjoy such as walking, exercise bike or cycling at least five times a week.

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