The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body, it helps filter the blood, control blood pressure and create urine. Since kidney damage is often associated with people with diabetes, it may be best to take extra care of those two bean shaped organs. Here are some pointers that will help support your kidneys function and longevity.
- Live an active healthy lifestyle: This one seems very intuitive but sometimes people may need a reminder to get them back on track. Make sure you exercise and maintain healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Having these two under control can have a huge impact on prolonging the life of your kidneys.
- Minimize sodium and phosphorus intake: Lowering your sodium intake will help maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Lower levels of phosphorus will help protect your vascular system (the kidneys are highly vascular). So keep away from processed foods and make sure you wash any type of canned food before cooking or eating.
- Stay away from over the counter pain medications as much as possible: These have a great impact on your kidneys and can be dangerous if taken in excess or with alcohol.
- Drink the appropriate amount of water: It is recommended to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily in order to fulfill your recommended amount. (for example someone who weighs 200 pounds needs to drink 100 ounces a day)
- Take daily probiotics: This helps your kidneys in processing waste, which contributes to overall digestive health. So eat your yogurt!!!
- Eat foods that support kidney function: some of these include cilantro, parsley, (green foods are great for kidney function) Watermelon, Cranberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Apples etc.
- Spirulina supplements (from a safe source) and vitamin D: are very good at protecting the kidney so make sure you’re getting the optimum amount of vitamin D.
Kidney disease is the number one cause of death in people with diabetes so it is very important to make sure that you take proper care of your kidney to help prevent other complications from occurring.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.