March is a special month for us here at Reliant Renal Care, and it’s not just because of the time change. March 10th was World Kidney Day, and it’s a holiday we take very seriously. Your kidneys are the purifiers of your body, helping to remove waste and toxins from your blood and keep your whole body running smoothly – and taking good care of them is critical for your long-term health. To help you keep your own kidneys healthy, here are a few simple rules to follow for long term kidney health:
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is something that’s great for every part of your body – and kidneys are no exception. For kidneys, though, the key to healthy eating is low sodium intake. To help achieve this, avoid processed foods with a lot of added sodium and cook your meals at home using fresh ingredients and lots of vegetables.
Exercise is another thing that’s great for your whole body, and by reducing your blood pressure; cardiovascular exercise helps to take strain off your kidneys. Try to get an hour or so of cardio every day – whether that’s walking, running, biking, or anything else you choose.
Tip: Starting your day with exercise can help you kick start your mental energy, attitude, and metabolism for the rest of the day.
Again, this is something that will benefit your whole body in a big way – especially your kidneys. Smoking not only dramatically reduces blood flow to the kidneys, which impairs their ability to function properly, but it also increases your risk of kidney cancer by 50% – those are some seriously unhealthy odds! If your kidneys aren’t functioning properly to remove waste and toxins, drinking on top of smoking is not recommended.
Have more questions about taking care of your kidneys or want to come in for dialysis or an evaluation? We’re always happy to help. Feel free to call us at 610.892.4700 with any questions, learn more about kidney health, or reach out to us at our contact page to find a location near you. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog for more tips and info on keeping your kidneys healthy – your whole life long.