How To Improve Kidney Function Naturally
Kidney problems are no joke and many adults worldwide suffer from chronic kidney disease. Commonly, CKD is linked to patients with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and population over 60 years old. Autoimmune diseases, obesity and urinary tract infections might also contribute to your risk of developing CKD.
Controlling weight and eating right are right steps to keep kidneys healthy. In addition, it’s recommended to monitor blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels, to visit the doctor at least once a year, to quit smoking and to exercise regularly. Also, it’s important to know whether kidney disease runs in one’s family. When minerals are building up in urine, kidney stones might develop.
Here are some dieting tips to improve kidney function naturally.
Avoid meals with added salt (Frozen dinners, fast foods, canned soups and vegetables, processed meats, salty snacks, cheeses etc.).
Avoid high potassium foods (oranges, bananas, potatoes, tomatoes, spinach) and choose low-potassium foods (apples, grapes, strawberries, green beans, cabbage).
Eat limited amount of proteins. Avoid high-protein foods (meat, beans, cheese, milk, eggs) and eat low-protein food (fruits, vegetables, cereals).
If you want to keep your kidneys working, eat for kidney health. In general, the diet is similar to any other “healthy” diet, you just have to include some foods and to exclude others. In case you suffer from diabetes, try to manage it carefully. Higher blood sugar levels, if uncontrolled, might damage your kidneys. Also, control your hypertension, because it damages the small blood vessels of kidneys and they cannot work as effectively. Avoid pain relievers as much as you can, because their long term use might damage kidneys. So, avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and acetamnophen whenever you can.
Regular physical activity is good for your overall health and it will also improve your kidney function. Quit smoking, since it makes CKD even worse.