We all know that we need to keep our heart in good condition. And I’m sure that most of you know the steps that you need to take to ensure your heart stays healthy. But if someone asked you how you try to keep your kidneys fit and healthy, would you know how to answer them?
The truth is, very few people know what steps they need to take in order to help improve their kidney health. As a result, lots of people are diagnosed with kidney disorders each year and there is a backlog of people waiting for transplants. So, it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to maintain good kidney health. Here are a few tips to help you do that.
Get Yourself Tested
First of all, it’s worth going to your doctor and getting an overall health test. This should flag up any issues with your kidneys that might need to be looked into further. If you are showing certain symptoms then your doctor might just test your kidneys. Your doctor might refer you to Jim Plante’s Kidney Research Foundation if he believes you need specialist help or a transplant. Even if you don’t show signs of serious kidney ailments, your doctor will still be able to offer you plenty of advice on maintaining good kidney health.
Hopefully, you stopped smoking many years ago but if not, it’s necessary to do so now. Regularly smoking can greatly increase your risk of developing a kidney condition. If you continue to smoke, then your kidney will likely harden, which will then lead to kidney disease. If you struggle with stopping smoking, you might want to see your doctor to see if they have any resources that can help you.
Get On Top Of High Blood Pressure
Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If so, it’s worth trying to bring that down as sustained high blood pressure has been closely linked to kidney disease. Your doctor will be able to prescribe you some medication that can help with this. It’s also worth reducing your sodium intake so that water can easily leave the body. Any blocked water could quickly lead to a kidney infection.
Eat A Balanced Diet
Following a balanced diet can improve so many different aspects of your health, but especially when it comes to the kidneys. Ideally, you need to stay well away from any processed foods and instead cook from scratch using fresh vegetables and whole grains. It’s also necessary to reduce your intake of fats as this can lead to high cholesterol levels which are known to increase the risk of kidney disease.
Work Out As Much As Possible
It’s always good to stay active. Not only does this help you stay fit, but it also reduces the amount of fat in the blood so your kidney has to do less work.
If you follow all the tips above, then you should enjoy good kidney health for some time to come!