Everyday Tips for Your Kidney Health
Simple Ways to Support Your Kidney Health
Whether you are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or actively trying to prevent it, there are many ways to support healthy kidney function in your everyday life. Read on to learn more about the simple lifestyle changes that can help keep your kidneys healthy.
Get Quality Sleep
Getting enough rest contributes to better overall health, including keeping your kidneys healthy! (That’s a quote from a doc, so maybe we avoid it unless we use his name? – Dr. McMullan… Try to get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep each night.
Cut Back on Sugar
When you maintain a diet that is high in sugar, it can increase your risk of becoming obese, developing high blood pressure, and even diabetes. These health conditions can lead to the development of CKD. Fortunately, you can lower this risk by reducing your sugar intake. A simple way to do that is cut back on the following:
- Fruit juices with added sugar
- Breakfast cereals
- Condiments like ketchup and barbecue sauce
- White bread
Smoking can increase blood pressure, heart rate, blood clot formation, and fatty deposits in arteries. Try to avoid smoking, or stop smoking to reduce your risk of developing CKD.
Eat a healthy diet
A diet that is low in fats, sodium, sugar, and processed foods is better for health.
Try to eat a diet with more fresh food and produce, which is naturally lower in sodium and sugar. A nutritious and healthy diet also helps in preventing obesity, which is a risk factor for CKD.
Monitor your blood pressure
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage the kidneys over time, causing chronic kidney disease. Try to monitor blood pressure regularly to ensure that it stays in a healthy range, and make sure to contact your doctor if your blood pressure is high.
Exercise and Manage Stress
Stress can lead to high blood pressure and other health problems.
Staying physically active can help to lower your blood pressure, emotional health, and overall well-being.
You can also try listening to music, meditating, or try practicing yoga.
Please talk with your doctor if you are feeling continual anxiety or depression.