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How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

There is a lot of media attention paid to staying heart healthy, training your brain and promoting bone health. You seldom hear about other vital organs and how to promote their health and function, despite the fact that these organs are very important to our body’s overall health. For example, kidney disease and failure affects millions of people every year, but seldom do you see commercials about how to stay kidney healthy.

Luckily there are easy ways to keep your kidneys strong and healthy. In case you aren’t sure, kidneys are bean shaped organs that help remove waste products from the metabolic process. When kidneys malfunction, there can be a toxic buildup of enzymes that can spread through the body. While most people may not fully understand the chemistry of the kidneys, we all know that they are vital to our life function.

Doctors are now recommending annual blood screenings for people to test for abnormal enzymes, which could indicate early onset kidney disease. People who have a higher risk for kidney problems should definitely get tested, and include those with diabetes, hypertension or a family history of kidney disease. In addition, many over the counter medications may cause kidney degradation over time. Regular blood screenings could help patients stop this in its tracks.

Other ways to keep kidneys functioning properly is to make the rest of your body is too. Remember that all of the different organs are connected; meaning that weakness in one area can affect many others. Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. Engaging in physical activity, even if it’s just a brisk walk around the office at lunch, is enough to have positive benefits.  Don’t forget to stay hydrated – water intake should be at least 8 glasses per day, and coffee does not count. Protect yourself against dangerous kidney disease and do what you can now for a healthy future.

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