Kidneys are important, no kidding, so keeping them alive and ticking does just the same for you.
You may have come across many stories of kidney failure, kidney disease or even kidney stones.
Maybe you’re concerned with the health of your kidneys, which is why you’re reading this (we would suggest you call a doctor first, then continue reading).
Whatever the case, your kidneys or kidney if you just have one, need special care, and here’s why.
The kidneys are one of your 3 main waste disposal organ systems. The others being your digestive system, which gets rid of solid waste and your lungs, which get rid of gaseous waste.
Your kidneys deal with liquid waste in the form of urine. Urine is produced when blood is filtered through the kidneys to remove toxins.
This filtration process not only removes toxins but also removes good things that are present in excess quantities.
That's why when you drink loads of water you need to pee more frequently and your pee comes out relatively clear.
So when everything is going good, your kidneys chug along, cleaning your blood and pumping pee into your bladder.
Sometimes things don't go quite this smooth and your kidneys can become disordered.
Kidney disease comes in many forms and has many causes.
Some forms of kidney disease occur through avoidable lifestyle choices, such as diabetic nephropathy or diabetic kidney disease.
This happens due to the protein loss experienced as one of the many negative consequences of type 2 diabetes.
Kidney disease can also be the result of poor dietary choices (of course type 2 diabetes is an example of this too).
A diet with an excess of animal-based fats and proteins can also lead to declined kidney function.
Sometimes kidney disease has a genetic cause, in this case, care and management is the best course of treatment.
In this article, however, we will focus on good foods you can include in your diet for healthy kidneys.
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And with that said, let's explore some healthy eating tips for healthy kidneys.
Cranberries are famous for their urinary health-boosting properties.
Anything from a bladder infection to a UTI will have some form of cranberry extract as one of the prescribed treatments.
That's because cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, the active ingredient that gives these little fruits their bladder cleansing punch.
Just try and avoid store-bought cranberry juice. These drinks are only cranberry in flavor, but have little to none of the nutritional value.
Go for supplemental extracts available in health stores or pharmacies. Or just eat actual cranberries.
This unsung superfood has been under your nose the whole time. The whole dandelion plant has an amazing nutrient profile, but the root has a higher concentration.
Dandelion root contains many essential micronutrients and antioxidants, all beneficial to healthy kidney function.
It also works as a diuretic, increasing the rate of urine production which helps cleanse the kidneys.
Ginger has many well-known health benefits. The key ingredient in this super root (which isn't actually a root) is the compound gingerol.
Gingerol is an effective antimicrobial agent, helping put a stop to any potential kidney disease infections.
Its anti-inflammatory response also helps keep your liver health in check, optimizing function and protecting cells from damage
Aside from being a delicious ingredient (although some are inclined to disagree), garlic is an amazingly healthy superfood.
Where the kidneys are concerned, garlic contains allicin, a powerful antioxidant that also has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
This helps stave off any potential infections to the liver as well as decreasing the filtration workload should the body experience infection elsewhere.
Nettles come packed with vitamin C, one of the most versatile antioxidants. It's also an amazing blood cleanser, which helps limit the toxin load your kidneys are exposed to when filtering out impurities.
Another important property to note is the diuretic nature of nettles.
When taken in a tea, nettle extract can help with fluid filtration for a decent kidney cleanse
Your kidney health is an important aspect to maintain. It's also very delicate when you consider the delicate balance of fluids, mineral salts and immune function required to keep it ticking.
These foods are simply just a lead-in to good kidney health. A lifestyle that includes regular exercise and hydration is also key.
That being said, what we offer is just to help you along with your existing health plan. If you really are concerned about your kidneys, see a doctor first.
We hope you managed to gain some value from this article. If you have any questions you feel weren't answered here, please drop us a line in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to get back to you.
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