How to Show Your Kidneys Some Love
Caring for Your Kidneys
Your kidneys work hard every day to keep you healthy. In fact, your kidneys are one of the hardest working organs in your body. From filtering out toxins to regulating the amount of fluid in your body, it’s no wonder that your kidneys need a little extra TLC.
Here's everything you need to know about showing your kidneys some love.
The kidneys perform a lot of different jobs. They clear away toxins, help regulate your blood pressure, and even play a role when it comes to managing hormone levels. Armed with this knowledge, you're better equipped to make better decisions when it comes to your health.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Showing your kidneys some love starts with your lifestyle. Start by exercising regularly, eating a well-balanced diet, and avoiding things that are nephrotoxic (toxic to the kidneys). Other good lifestyle choices include reducing sodium in your diet, maintaining a healthy weight, work to control stress, and stop smoking.
Staying on top of your health can make a huge difference. If you suspect there's something not quite right, get it checked out. Sometimes, other underlying medical conditions can make your kidneys work harder than they should. Untreated hypertension or diabetes can cause chronic kidney disease, so if diagnosed with these conditions, follow your doctor's orders.
Also, even if you exercise and are active and healthy, it's still a good idea to schedule an annual physical. It's during these exams your doctor can run bloodwork and address any abnormalities.
Avoid Toxic Agents
Medications are filtered through your liver or kidneys. And while most are safe to take, some can cause kidney injury when taken in excess. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are filtered through your kidneys. As such, taking more than the recommended dosage can cause serious issues. Medications that contain sodium phosphate, like Tums, can also cause kidney damage.
Show Yourself Some Love
Loving your kidneys means showing yourself some love as well. Get plenty of rest, find ways to relax and blow off steam and follow up on any new symptoms you may have.
Finally, if you know someone who has chronic kidney disease and is going through dialysis, spread some love and let them know you care. It will do your heart and kidneys a world of good.