If you are experiencing kidney related problems or you simply want to do something for your health and kidneys to avoid related problems in the future? Then you may find this article to be of help. However, before you read on, please be aware that if you are in fact experiencing any kind of kidney related problems, it is crucial that you determine the exact cause of these problems by consulting with a healthcare professional. This is because approaches that may be beneficial in some instances may not be so in others. Being aware of the cause of your kidney problems will allow you to make the best use of the tips presented in this article.
How to improve kidney function Step 1: Drink more water and freshly pressed juice
The amount of water we drink each day is of huge importance to our overall health. Our bodies are composed of around 70% of water and we lose water with almost any activity we engage in, be it through sweating, going to the bathroom or even simply by breathing! For this reason we must make sure that we stay well hydrated throughout the course of the day.
It is commonly said that a person should consume between 2 to 3 liters of water per day. Drinking that amount of water a day may seem like a lot to some people but bear in mind that this includes the water contained in beverages like tea, coffee or milk, food items such as soups, as well as the water content in fruits and vegetables. So, in the end, it should not be too difficult to reach the minimum water consumption level.
However, you should be aware that the amount of water that we require each day can vary considerable with our daily activity and the environmental conditions we find ourselves in, among other factors. So, if you are a very active person (be it job related or because of sports and exercise) or if you live in a place with very high temperatures throughout most of the year, you should be aware that your daily water requirements can easily exceed three or even four liters. So, please keep this in mind when determining how much water you should consume each day.
You may already have known some of the information we just presented and you may be telling yourself: Yeah that’s fine and dandy, but how exactly can drinking more water help me improve the functioning of my kidneys? Well, you see, our kidneys have the function of filtering the blood in our bodies to remove waste and toxins and prevent us from getting sick. In essence, our kidneys are like the water treatment plant of our bodies. But in order to be able to fulfill their function properly, our kidneys require enough clean fluids to help them filter out the waste in our bloodstreams. Therefore, drinking enough water can help increase the functioning of our kidneys. In addition, drinking more water also helps to lower the chances of kidney stones and infections. For example, increasing water intake can help to prevent kidney stones and infections in well functioning kidneys.
However, it is important to note that people suffering from advanced stages of kidney disease may actually have to reduce and monitor their daily levels of fluids intake as their condition may be causing them to retain excess amounts of water in their bodies.
One more thing that you should keep in mind is that you should try to drink water and beverages slowly to avoid placing unnecessary pressure on your kidneys which can happen when you consume fluids to fast after a longer period of time without drinking.
Another good idea to help increase the functioning of your kidneys is to consume freshly pressed (preferably homemade) juice. If you don’t have a juicer at your disposal yet, then we highly advise you to get one if you can. Though the search may not be too easy so, in order to save you time, you can click on this link to check out one which we can really recommend.
Aside from the obvious fact that you are increasing your fluid intake by juicing (the healthy way), you will also benefit from the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients you will be adding to your diet which are contained in the fruits (herbs) and vegetables you are putting into your juice.
How to improve kidney function Step 2: Avoid drinking alcohol
Another, more obvious, way to help your kidneys improve their functionality is to avoid consuming alcoholic drinks. It is alright to have a drink once in a while since a little bit of poison won’t kill you, however, why would you want to put even the smallest amount of poison willingly into your body? Rationally, the consumption of alcohol does not make any sense, yet the same thing can be said for smoking cigarettes, and unfortunately (the Tobacco companies will see it differently of course) we know that people will keep on doing it anyways. So, you should know for yourself whether the benefits you get from drinking alcohol truly outweigh the damage that it does to your body.
How to improve kidney function Step 3: Enjoy the Sun
Rejoice, because the next step is an easier one, unless you live in places like Iceland, Denmark or Great Britain (or pretty much Northern Europe in general). Yes, unfortunately these regions see a lot less sunlight throughout the year (particularly in the winter seasons) than most other regions around the world, which may make it difficult for anyone living in these areas to follow up on our next recommendation.
Now, if the environment in which you live in allows it, then you should spend about 15 minutes a day in direct sunlight exposure. Why? Because direct exposure to sunlight activates receptor cells in our skin which produce the active form of Vitamin D, and Vitamin D has many benefits for our bodies, including: facilitating the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorous, regulating our immune systems, and even lowering the risk of developing cancer.
So, why is this good for our kidneys? Well, if you didn’t guess it, one of the functions of our kidneys is to activate Vitamin D as well. Therefore, if you get your daily dose of sunlight exposure, then you effectively take away extra work from your kidneys, and you also get to enjoy the awesome sensation which you get from standing in the sun :).
How to improve kidney function Step 4: Start exercising
Exercise is a fundamental component to safeguard our overall health and well being and chances are that you are not getting enough of it. You should be honest to yourself and ask yourself whether you are truly providing your body with enough physical stimulation to avoid getting rusty all over.
Our bodies are very complex systems and a problem in one area can often lead to developing many other related problems, just as is the case with diabetes. Type two diabetes can be reversed in most cases simply by making some dietary adjustments and lifestyle changes, which usually include incorporating a regular exercising regime into our daily life’s. The same can be said for most types of kidney disease, it is really up to you to take the little steps each day which will without a doubt amount to big steps in the long run.
So what are you waiting for? Provided you don’t have any medical conditions that may prevent you from doing so, you should stop finding excuses and start doing something for your health and body. You could join a gym, join a yoga class, or drive a bicycle more often. You could even just start doing body weight exercises from the comfort of your own home. Just make sure that you actually start doing something and keep doing it regularly. In the long run, you will be glad you did!
How to improve kidney function Step 5: Consider lowering your protein consumption
All right, our final recommendation showing you what you can do to help increase the health and functioning of your kidneys consists of lowering your daily protein intake. Of course, this only applies if you have a fairly high daily intake of protein to begin with, and if you are already experiencing kidney related problems. So, how do you know if you are consuming too much protein? Well, again there are many factors involved in determining what an appropriate amount of protein intake per day should be. These include gender, age and level of physical activity to name some of the most important ones. But we won’t go into too much detail about explaining how this works; instead, you can click on this link to find a calculator which can help you determine your daily protein requirement (keep in mind that the results are only estimates, the best approach is to consult with a physician/dietitian) .
Once you know how much protein you should include in your daily diet you can determine whether you are eating too much or too less by examining the labels of the foods you ingest daily and calculating the amount of protein you consume in one portion. Bear in mind that you should not over stress if you find out that you are consuming a lot more protein than what you should be supposed to consume. Some people ingest many times the amount of protein that a regular person should consume (at least according to traditional nutritionists) without necessarily causing harm to their bodies, examples include (pro-)athletes or natural bodybuilders. However, if you are experiencing kidney related problems, then you should definitely give this information some thoughtful consideration as protein over consumption may very well be contributing to your kidney problems. If this is the case, you should try to make some adjustments to your diet to get your protein consumption under control. But keep in mind that it is a lot more common to be over-consuming fats and carbohydrates than it is to be over-consuming protein. Yet explaining what the side effects of an over-consumption of fats and carbohydrates may be, is hardly necessary.
On the other hand, not too many people know how exactly protein over-consumption is related to kidney health. Therefore, this is something worth addressing. So, let’s find out shall we? Alright, without making this matter overly complicated, what you should know is that consuming too much protein can put the body into a state of ketosis, which means that the body is producing ketones that can be found in the bloodstream. These ketones are produced when fat is broken down for energy instead of carbohydrates, and this can happen when you are following a diet high on proteins and low on carbohydrates. Now, when the body is in a state of ketosis this can often lead to dehydration, and (as we now from before) a lack of water in the body places extra strain on the kidneys, thus impairing their proper functioning. This is essentially the reason why too much protein in your diet can be bad for your kidneys.
Those were our 5 tips that, when applied consistently, should help you to gradually increase kidney function. If you follow all of them, not only should you be able to increase the functioning of your kidneys but you should also experience all sorts of health benefits and feel better and more full of energy throughout the whole day, today and in the future.
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