Taking Care of Your Kidneys
March is National Kidney Month, and it is important to take good care of them! Kidneys work hard for you by filtering your blood to remove waste and extra water, by creating urine and removing it from the body. Making sure you are taking care of yourself can lower your risk of Kidney Disease. Although many people are affected by Kidney Disease, most people don’t experience symptoms until it is far too late – their kidneys fail. There are many physical signs to kidney disease, so if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or a family history of Kidney Disease, you may also be at risk. If any of these things are in your family history, or you are concerned about these important organs, there are many ways to keep them in good shape! See these tips:
- Reduce over-the-counter drug usage. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can cause kidney damage if taken too regularly. Never exceed the recommended dosage.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Water helps flush sodium and toxins from your kidneys. It’s recommended that men should drink 15.5 cups of fluids each day, and women 11.5 cups. A cup is about 8 ounces of fluid
- Eat a healthy diet and monitor your weight. Choose a low-sodium diet, avoid processed meats and focus on fresh ingredients like cauliflower, blueberries, fish and whole grains.