Taking care of the inner self is as essential as of outer self. Some people worry about their body weight, others are concerned about their skin problems or the texture of their hair.
But, have you ever given a second thought about the health of your inner self? Many health professionals and experts have claimed that the health of your outer body depends upon the health of the inner body. E.g. There are times when you feel terrible inside and it gets automatically reflected on your face. I am sure, few instances must have popped out in your mind!
Through this article, I am going to discuss one of the most important parts of our inner body that need special care i.e. Kidney along with the foods that you can eat to protect it from damage. Let’s get started!
This bean-shaped organ that is nearly the size of our fist performs vital functions for the body, which are as follows:
- Healthy kidneys remove the waste products and excess fluids from the body through urine
- It is also responsible for filtering out the blood
- Keeps a balance of the body’s fluids and minerals
- It helps regulate blood pressure
What happens if they don’t work?
If your kidney is damaged it will not be able to perform its desired role and gradually it will cause chronic kidney diseases. As a result, your body will not be able to excrete out unwanted waste products and it keeps on accumulating in the blood gradually making you sick.
Kidney failure is the last stage of chronic kidney diseases after which “Dialysis” and “Kidney transplant” can only help.
How to examine if you are suffering from kidney diseases?
If you observe any of the following symptoms, chances are that you are going through a kidney disease.
- Blood passes through the urine.
- High blood pressure
- Less/more urination than normal
- Feet and ankles swelled up.
- A feeling of a full stomach
- Irritable itching
- Not able to sleep well
Note: The above-mentioned symptoms can be the cause of other diseases too. So, it is better to take advice from the doctor before concluding.
What are the causes which damage healthy kidneys?
- High blood pressure
- No or less physical activity
- Old age
Thankfully, by switching to a healthy kidney friendly diet, you can lower down the number of wastes in the body and the damage of course!
Although diet for a person with kidney disease varies as per their damaging level certain superfoods make space in every healthy kidney-friendly diet.
- Egg whites
- Olive Oil
You can get the following benefits by eating these foods:
- Reduce heart diseases and makes the heart-healthy
- Prevention from a certain type of cancer
- Reduces cholesterol levels in the blood
- Keep the bones stronger
- Improves the digestive system
You can also mix any of these ingredients and cook a unique dish of your own. All of them are loaded with essential protein, minerals, and vitamins which are required for fighting kidney diseases.
Other than that, fluids also play an important role in repairing the kidneys. Make it a habit to drink a lot of water (6-8 glasses per day).
Our body is made up of 70% of water, therefore, it is essential to remain well-hydrated. A lesser amount of water in the body will cause less urination which further affects the kidney. If your body remains well hydrated, then your entire body cell will remain full and the kidney will easily filter out harmful unwanted substances from the body through the urine.
To fulfill the fluid intake, fresh and pure juices are also recommended to the person suffering from any sort of kidney disease.
Orange, green veggies juice, berry juice made up of blueberry, strawberry, pomegranate, and black grapes also does wonders for protecting your kidney. They are rich in antioxidants thus reducing the risk of heart diseases and stroke too.
What food items you should avoid?
Foods that are rich in sodium, potassium, and phosphorus should be strictly avoided. Since kidneys are damaged, they will not be able to remove an excess of sodium, potassium, and phosphorus present in the food items which results in an increment of the blood levels.
Other than this, processed unhealthy junk food should be permanently removed from the diet. Do not opt for food items that have a high content of fat, cholesterol, and salt!
To have a better understanding let’s look at these below-mentioned food items that you should limit in your everyday diet as they are high in sodium, potassium and phosphorus level:
- Fried foods
- Brown rice
Double bonanza! Not only your kidney will be protected after cutting off these harmful food items but also it will maintain your entire health and lower down the risk of other harmful diseases like heart attack, stroke, Diabetes, High blood pressure, etc.
If you are going through any of the above-mentioned symptoms of kidney disease, it’s better to reach out to the doctor first and then following up with the diet.
Healthy foods for kidneys can turn out to be helpful to protect the kidney from failure. Dialysis is a costly and time-consuming treatment plus the person doesn’t need to live long.
A kidney transplant is another alternative. However, it is very complicated as sometimes your body will not accept the donated kidney because of obesity or several other infections.
Prevention is better than cure. So, it’s better to build up your body in such a way that you will no longer need to go through any kind of kidney or other diseases.
Eat healthy, live healthy!