How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy and Strong?
‘Kidney disease is a rare condition’ – that’s one of the most widespread misconceptions about kidney health. You may be surprised to know that it is quite common to suffer from some kind of kidney problem. Moreover, you may lose up to 90% of kidney function without any noticeable symptoms.
With your kidneys being responsible for blood purification, removing toxins through urine, regulating alkaline/acid balance in your body and preventing damage to all organs, it is very important to keep your kidneys clean, healthy and strong.
Drink enough water
The best way to keep your kidneys healthy and strong is to drink sufficient amount of water. If your urine is any darker than straw-coloured, this suggests that you are not drinking enough water. You should drink more water after rigorous exercising and during dry climate to stay hydrated.
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Foods for healthy kidneys
You are what you eat. For good kidney health, you should eat watermelons, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, garlic, onions, olive oil, cucumbers, lemons and other citrus fruits. Carbonated cold drinks should be strictly avoided.
Avoid pain killers
Most pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen and other NSAIDs are very harsh on your kidneys and may cause severe damage. You should never mix alcohol with such drugs. These drugs can also lead to kidney cancer, if taken regularly.
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Check your blood pressure and blood sugar
High blood pressure and increased blood sugar levels (diabetes) are major threats to your kidney health. You should maintain both of them for proper functioning of your kidneys.
Quit smoking and tobacco
People who smoke three times a day are more likely to have reduced kidney function than those who don’t. Smoking and using tobacco are injurious not just to your kidneys but to your overall health.
Since most kidney diseases can be symptomless, you should get tested at least once in a year to discover any underlying kidney problems. Make necessary changes in your lifestyle for healthy and strong kidneys. Preventive care is the key to good health.
At PSRI Hospital, the dedicated departments for Urology and Kidney Transplant are well-equipped to handle any kind of issues related to kidney health, including kidney stones, problems in the urinary tract, prostate cancer, infections, need for dialysis or transplant, neurogenic bladder and other diseases.
To know more about the highly qualified nephrologists and urologists at PSRI Hospital, visit http://www.psrihospital.com/our-consultant/listing/1 or call us at +91-9582261502.