7 Easy Ways to Avoid Kidney Failure and Related Diseases

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Have you ever heard the advice, 'drink a lot of water for kidney health?' It is best to follow this recommendation because the kidneys are one of the vital organs in the body. 

Kidney function is very important for human survival.

The position of the kidney is exactly behind the abdominal cavity above the waist. It consists of a pair of right and left kidneys, each measuring around 10–12 cm and weighing 200 grams. About the size of a fist. 

The task of the two kidneys in the human body is very large, including filtering more than 180 liters of blood every day.

However, fat, toxins, excess salt, and other fluids [waste] are processed by the kidneys. Then it is excreted in the form of urine.

Other functions of the kidneys are maintaining water balance in the body, regulating blood pressure and salt levels in the blood, regulating red blood cells, regulating blood pH balance, maintaining electrolyte and mineral balance, as well as maintaining bone calcium and stimulating the spinal cord to produce cells [red blood].

So you can imagine that if these kidneys stopped working, our bodies would be full of piles of these wastes. Serious illnesses will come, such as kidney cancer, kidney failure, and so on.

You know, if you have chronic kidney failure, for example, you have to do dialysis regularly as a treatment step. Don't ask about the cost; it's very expensive.

Before it's too late, let's take care of our kidney health in the following simple ways:

1. Maintain your diet

Maintaining your diet is one effective way to keep your kidneys healthy. 

For example, by reducing salt consumption, reducing or avoiding eating junk food, consuming organic vegetables and fruit, or eating lean meat.

High levels of salt in the body can have a bad impact on the body because the balance of minerals in the blood will be disturbed, the kidneys will work harder, and this directly affects kidney function. 

The way to know if someone has consumed too much salt is that the person will get thirsty easily, have frequent bloating, and produce little urine.

2. Maintain an ideal weight

The importance of maintaining body weight for body health.

Being too thin or too fat is not good for your health.

Body weight must be maintained in accordance with the body mass index, also known as the body mass index.

People whose body weight is not ideal will definitely affect the functioning of the body's organs, including the kidneys.

Kidney performance becomes faster, and ultimately, kidney productivity decreases.

3. Exercise diligently

The body will stay fit when we actively move or exercise regularly. This method is also good for helping keep the kidneys healthy.

That way, it can prevent various kidney diseases and optimize kidney performance.

For example, get used to exercising for 20 minutes every day.

4. Don't smoke or consume alcoholic drinks

No smoking and no consumption of alcoholic drinks

Cigarettes and alcohol are not 'good friends' for the body.

Smoking and consuming alcoholic drinks will damage the lungs and kidneys.

There are many toxins contained in cigarettes and alcoholic drinks.

So stay away from this habit.

5. Drink lots of water

Water plays an important role in maintaining the health of the human body. We are advised to drink 6–8 glasses of water every day.

If the body's water intake is met, the kidneys will be able to work well.

But on the other hand, if you lack water or are dehydrated, it will be difficult for the kidneys to work.

Adequate water needs will prevent us from getting urinary tract infections. Lack of fluids can trigger bacterial attacks, resulting in infections.

This is also the cause of anxiety. If not treated immediately, this bacteria will infect the kidneys.

So, consume enough water. However, people with acute kidney disease, such as kidney failure, must reduce water consumption so as not to burden the kidneys.

6. Don't take supplements and medicines carelessly

There are drugs that can interfere with kidney function, namely several painkillers and antibiotics. Consuming non-prescription drugs for a long time can also damage the kidneys.

Likewise with herbal medicines and body supplements. It's best to consult a doctor first if you want to take certain medications.

7. Check your blood pressure regularly

High blood pressure is a disease that triggers kidney damage. 

Based on research, 35% of kidney disease is caused by high blood pressure. 

This happens because the high blood flow force can cause the blood vessels to stretch, so that the blood flows more smoothly.

However, this stretching causes scars and weakens the blood vessels that flow throughout the body, including the kidneys. So check your blood pressure often.

Prevention is better than cure

Health is expensive. 

If you have been diagnosed with kidney disease, you must be prepared for medical costs that will drain your wallet. 

Therefore, prevention is better than cure.

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