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How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

Unless you have trouble with your kidneys, you may not even realize just how important they are to your overall health. Your kidneys work as your body’s filtering system. They are responsible for taking toxins out of the body. When they aren’t functioning well, these toxins build up causing swelling, permanent damage, and quite a bit of pain. For most people, taking care of the kidneys is relatively easy. For others, like those with kidney problems or diabetes for example, it can be just a bit more difficult. To take care of your kidneys, check out these tips for how to protect the health of your kidneys long term.

Eat a Clean Diet

Eating a diet high in processed foods can mean quite a bit of toxic build up for your kidneys. In regular functioning kidneys, this is a lot of work on them. For kidneys already under stress, it can be even more strain. These types of foods also contain quite a bit of sodium, which can cause swelling and water retention. To eat clean, stick to fresh fruits and vegetables and lean organic meats.

Drink A Lot of Water

Drinking lots and lots of water helps your kidneys continually flush the body. When you don’t drink enough, your body gets dehydrated and isn’t able to flush toxins on a regular basis. Even though this might mean quite a few trips to the bathroom, it will be worth it for the health of your kidneys. To help them along even more, try to cut out other liquids like soda and coffee. Stick to plain old H2O whenever possible to keep the kidneys in optimal health.

Supplement Properly

Another great way to protect the kidneys is to take supplements geared towards their health. Supplements like Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Fish Oil, and Krill Oil can give the kidneys a much needed boost. These supplements not only promote healthy functioning kidneys, but they also promote heart health. This can be especially helpful for Diabetic patients and kidney disease patients, as these illnesses place extra work on the heart.

Protecting the health of your kidneys can mean prolonging your life and most certainly your quality of life. Use these tips to protect their overall health and to improve the general health of your body. Your kidneys are a big deal, so give them some much deserved attention and boost their health to the best of your ability.

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