Kidney disease is a serious medical issue with an unfortunate prevalence in our society. Without use of these organs, waste will pile up and pollute our bodies. Research has shown that over 20 million individuals in the United States exhibit some level of dysfunction with their kidneys. Certain factors such as blood pressure and insulin sensitivity can make you even more likely to be part of the 20% of people affected by this disease.
The Importance of Kidneys
Kidneys are kind of like the custodial staff of the body – except without their custodial effort you can’t live. They are made to function in several ways to ensure the healthy function of your internal processes. Your kidneys are are located in the middle of your back against the back muscles, with one on either side of your spine.
These bean-shaped organs filter out any harmful waste and excess toxins while balancing blood pressure and essential nutrients.
Without kidneys our bodies wouldn’t be able to:
- Keep water and essential minerals balanced in the bloodstream.
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
- Extract chemicals and waste that come from the digestion process, taking medication, and physical exertion.
- Activate vitamin D for healthy bones.
- Increase the production of red blood cells to deliver oxygen through the body.
Even bodily processes that seem healthy like metabolic function produce waste products that are harmful for the body. Risk factors surround us and happen regularly within our own body, but with our kidneys at work we don’t have to worry about them.
What Causes Kidney Disease
As mentioned earlier, some diseases can serve as a predisposition for kidney disease. Diabetes and blood pressure issues are the top contributors to this health issue. If you have a high blood pressure stay mindful of the possibility of kidney problems in the future. When you visit the doctor keep a close watch over your blood sugar and blood pressure levels and ask the physician if they are normal.
Kidney disease can also be passed on through genetic issues. If your family has a history of autoimmune disease or polycystic kidney disease you are more vulnerable to kidney problems in the future. Birth defects and improper use of medication can cause to kidney damage. Harmful habits like drinking, smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise can also contribute.
Early Signs of Kidney Disease
The trouble with kidney disease is that many people fail to act upon the issue until the condition has become severe. The symptoms can be a tad general in the early phase, allowing someone to simply brush them off or associate them with some other illness. Your kidneys also have a great ability to adapt to the disease as they lose function. The following symptoms will appear in the early stage of kidney disease and slowly worsen over time.
- Feeling easily tired and experiencing a lack of strength
- Changes in urination, such as blood in the urine or changes in the amount and number of times urine is passed
- Troubles with sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting
- Irregularities in the digestive routine
- Disinterest in eating food and bad metallic taste in the mouth
- Lack of focus and mental clarity
- Swollen ankles or feet
- Pain above the waist in the back of the body (where the kidneys are)
- Muscle spasms and cramping
- Unstable blood pressure
- Loss of breath
- Skin rash or chronic itching
Detecting these signs early on is essential. If kidney problems aren’t addressed early on, then the damage can quickly become irreversible. Nobody wants to have to struggle through the misfortune of dialysis and treatment for the disease.
If you exhibit some of these symptoms or worry that you might have a vulnerability to kidney issues consult a physician immediately. The symptoms are fairly general so there is a chance they could be from some other illness. It’s never too safe to be sure, and the sooner you tackle kidney disease the better.
How to Strengthen Your Kidneys
Looking after your kidneys is one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health. A few small changes in your everyday life can lead to a life-saving difference down the road. These five changes to your lifestyle and nutrition will reduce your risk of disease by protecting your kidneys.
- Blood pressure plays a big part in kidney function. Keeping yours at a healthy level (around 130/80) will help reduce damage to the kidneys. Find here more information how to reduce high blood pressure naturally.
2. Smoking and drinking should be avoided because they wreak havoc on your kidneys.
3. Get active with more exercise. It will strengthen your entire body and give you more energy to love life. It will help you to keep optimal body weight and reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes and hypertension, that can reduce kidney functioning over time.
4. Consider supplements that provide calcium and vitamin D if you feel you don’t get enough on a daily basis. Always consult with your doctor before taking them.
5. Limit using painkillers and steroids and only when you feel they are absolutely necessary. Overuse of them can lead to kidney damage. Try instead to use these top 22 natural painkillers.
- Stay mindful of your sodium intake. Keep the salt and potassium you ingest at a moderate level.
2. Maintain a healthy nutrition. Eat meals with small amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat. You can find more information about healthy eating and nutrition in my e-book Effortless Healthy Eating which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition or weight loss goals.
3. Maintain low protein diet. Too much protein is bad for the kidneys. Ask your physician how much you should eat daily according to your body type.
4. A sufficient amount of calories is necessary for the kidneys, so starving yourself for weight loss isn’t a great idea.
5. Watermelons, apples and berries are among the foods that should be at the top of your grocery list – find more information in my article about the best foods and herbs to cleanse your kidneys.
6. Stay hydrated. Drink about 8 glasses of fluid, preferable water, every day.
Kidney disease is a sobering reality that plagues thousands of families every single year. Damage to the kidneys can’t be repaired but it can be lived with if detected early enough – though prevention is the best choice. Taking responsibility for your own health isn’t just for yourself. It’s for the friends and family you treasure and the impact your life can have on the world when it is lived to the fullest.
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