Happy Kidney Month! (Part II)
March 14, 2021
Here are Five Actions that can keep your kidneys health and decrease the risk of kidney disease.
If you missed our prior post about national kidney awareness month, take a peek back. If not, here are five ways in which you can help take charge of your kidney health and decrease your risk of kidney disease.
1. Drink that water!
Kidneys work well when they get 48-60 ounces of water a day. This not only helps them function well, but it also prevents kidney stones.
2. Stop smoking!
Smoking slows the flow of blood to the kidneys, which may reduce their function. Smoking also raises the risk of kidney cancer by about 50 percent.
3. Eat Well!
Healthy, low fat, low sodium foods are great for your kidneys. High blood sugar and high salt (which can cause high blood pressure) can be tough on your kidneys!
Keep your blood pressure and blood sugar in check with regular exercise. Your kidneys will thank you!
5. Get your Kidneys Checked!
Make sure your doctor is checking your kidney function regularly by viewing your lab results. This is especially important for those with high blood pressure, kidney stones and diabetes. Also, some over the counter medications for pain (Ibuprofen, Naproxen) could harm your kidneys if taken frequently over a long period of time.
If it has been a while since you’ve had your kidneys checked, you can schedule a consultation today by calling us at 512-694-8888 or submitting a contact form.