Let’s take a moment to celebrate your kidneys. These bean-shaped organs don’t just filter toxins from your body – they help regulate blood pressure, keep bones strong and balance the chemical makeup in your blood.
But your kidneys don’t work alone. Diet, activity and the health of other organs affect healthy kidney function. How can you help your kidneys run smoothly? Check out these 7 tips for a kidney-friendly lifestyle.
Drink plenty of water
Recent recommendations say we should take in between 11 and 16 cups of fluid each day – a mix of water, other beverages and foods. However, keep in mind that some liquids are better for you than others. For instance, soda may count toward your daily goal, but added chemicals and caffeine can negate the benefits of the fluid intake. Stick with basic H2O, or for an added flavor, add lemon, herbs or other fruits.
Eat kidney-friendly food
Fruits like cranberries, apples, strawberries and grapefruit; and veggies such as mushrooms, yellow and red peppers and Bok chop including Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, Vitamins A and D and potassium.
Think before you dose
Common non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen, have been found to be harmful to your kidneys if overused. Occasional use shouldn’t affect healthy kidney function, but if you find yourself needed it often, discuss other pain-relief options with your healthcare practitioner.
Regular exercise can improve many aspects of your health. From helping you maintain healthy kidney function to helping your body release feel-good endorphins, physical activity can do wonders for your overall physical and emotional health. Aim for optimal health benefits.
Smoking slows the blood flow to kidneys and other vital organs in your body and can make medicines that treat high blood pressure less effective –which does not help maintain proper kidney function.
Eat low-oxalate foods
The less oxalate your body digests, the work your kidneys will have to do in order to filter and eliminate it. Following a low-oxalate diet or means there will be less dietary oxalate for your kidneys to process.
These small changes in your diet and lifestyle can help you protect healthy kidney function and keep this hard-working organ happy!