Maintaining Healthy Kidneys

Doctor doing kidney exam for female patient with kidney disease Our kidneys are crucial in helping our bodies stay healthy and strong. Our kidneys serve as part of the urinary system, which helps remove waste and filter your body of toxins. Without healthy kidneys, your body suffers dire consequences. Taking care of our kidneys as we age is essential to having a long and healthy life. Here are some ways to track your kidney health and keep them performing well.

Manage Chronic Health Conditions

If you are one of the 37 million people in the U.S with diabetes, you understand how critical it is to manage the illness. Your kidneys serve as one of the filters for your body. Not keeping an eye on chronic conditions places pressure on them to filter toxins from your body. Over time, the strain can become too much and increase your risk of kidney failure. 

Following your doctor’s advice, managing your health, and taking medications can help you care for your kidneys.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

A culprit of compromised kidney function is an unhealthy diet. Eating high-fat, processed, and sugary foods can be hard on the kidneys, but choosing healthier foods can help your kidney function, including

  • Lean meats
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Cabbage
  • Apples

Speaking with a health professional can help you find a proper diet for your situation.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol products can be tough on the kidneys, and too much drinking can have long-lasting effects. While avoiding alcohol is critical to optimal kidney health, moderation is the key. If you drink, avoid exceeding two drinking per day. 

Stay Active

A sedentary lifestyle can lead to gaining weight, forcing your kidneys to work hard. Daily exercise can help you manage your weight and reduce stress on your body. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous, and you can perform movements that are easy on your body and beneficial to your health.

For instance, high blood pressure is connected to poor kidney health. Studies show that 30 minutes of daily walking can help lower your blood pressure.  

Also, low-impact movements such as swimming or biking can help you to stay active.

If you have questions about kidney health, call the Metropolitan Vascular Institute. Call our Waldorf office today and schedule a consultation at (301) 374-8540.

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