World Kidney Health Month, a month to raise awareness to all people far and wide about the importance of kidney health.
Some of you reading this might be thinking why is this important or relevant to you? Well let me give you a fact: Around 10 000 men and women in South Africa die of Kidney Disease yearly!
That’s a scary fact, that’s a lot of people who die just because of the Kidneys.
But what many of you may not know is how important of an organ it is. What does the Kidneys do anyway? You might be thinking.
Think of a glass of fresh orange juice, it has all those orange pieces mixed in with the juice and when you drink it you can feel and taste all those bits and pieces, But if you strain the juice, it will be a smooth consistency and that is basically what your Kidneys do, they filter your blood, removing toxins and excess fluid which is then released through urination, but if your Kidneys are not functioning properly those toxins will remain in your body and you won’t want that as that’s how other illnesses take form.
Remember prevention is better than cure, get checked up by your doctor and drink and eat foods to help aid your health. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and while all these tips are natural and very good for you, always consult a doctor especially if pregnant or using medication.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and while all these tips are natural and very good for you, always consult a doctor especially if pregnant or using medication.
If you are suffering with any Kidney ailments it is important to follow a diet to manage such ailments, and while dietary restrictions vary from person to person it is recommended to restrict the following:
Sodium: Damaged Kidneys cannot filter out sodium and due to that it will cause blood levels to rise. Try alternative foods for flavour like onions and garlic.
Potassium: Potassium is a vital nutrient for many bodily functions, however, if you suffer from Kidney disease it is best to steer clear in order to avoid dangerously high blood levels.
Phosphorus: The same as the previous two, damaged kidneys are not able to remove excess phosphorus and while you may not be able to avoid it all together it is good to keep an eye on what you are eating as to keep your intake bellow 800-1000mg per day.
With that being said, luckily there are many yummy options which are low in Sodium, Potassium and Phosphorus. Here is a list of foods to aid, improve and protect your kidneys:
Remember to always discuss your food choices with your doctor to ensure you have the best diet for your needs, this is especially for those on medication, pregnant or has some form of Kidney ailments.