To prevent a disease is always better than to cure it, and prevention often lies in simple health tips like the following:
- Limit the workload of the kidneys
This is manageable by making changes in the diet so you can avoid harmful toxins, which will ensure that the kidneys flush out waste from our body. Blood is strained 20-25 times a day in the body – that’s why it’s important to lower the workload of this important organ.
Why is it recommended to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily? Well, imagine a water tank with low levels of water – you can see objects on the surface and everything looks dusty. That’s exactly the image of your blood when you don’t drink enough water. The kidneys are not like a water tank, they’re more of a filter, but nevertheless, toxins build up when not enough fluids are in the system which will push them around with pressure.
A diet full of fruits and vegetables is great for the whole system, but especially for the kidneys. It will assist them in removing acid from the body and excrete it. Foods high in antioxidants can prevent the damage caused by free radicals.
– Egg whites provide high quality protein, as well as essential amino acids with less phosphorus than other protein sources;
– Cabbage has high values of vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber, and also vitamin B6 and folic acid. It’s cheap, affordable and a valuable asset to the kidneys;
– Red bell peppers are low in potassium, but high in lycopene and vitamins A and C. They also contain vitamin B6, fibers and folic acid;
– Grapes – an excellent detox asset to the kidneys. They help in flushing out the excess fluids from the body;
– Cranberries are full of proanthocyanidin, an important antioxidant and nutrient. They contain quinine, which is converted to hippuric acid in the body, helping with the removal of toxins from the system.
Magnesium deficiency causes high blood pressure and toxic overload, so the kidneys are overloaded with work. Be sure that you’re always stuffed with enough magnesium – eat more dark vegetables, seeds, nuts and whole grains.
- Cut the sodium, salt and protein
The body spends much time removing unnecessary things like excess water or salt, so the kidneys are overworked too. Sodium is important in keeping the fluid balance, but it can be damaging if consumed in excess. In that case, if a person has kidney disease, it can lead to several serious issues like high blood pressure or heart stroke. Kidney malfunction occurs if it handles excess protein, as they work harder to remove the blood urea nitrogen. Too much water can also be an issue for the kidneys.
- Calcium mineral supplements
The kidneys have an essential role in calcium supplements supply. When the calcium intake is reduced, a hormone is released in conjunction with vitamin D to encourage the release of calcium through bones. However, the excess calcium supplement can form kidney stones, so its best if you have an organic diet full of calcium and stay away from supplements.
Renal friendly recipe for world kidney day (14th March)
Serving size: 2 cutlets
1 cup of grated carrots; 2 cups of grated cabbage; 2 cups of chopped French beans; ¼ teaspoon of salt; 1 teaspoon cumin powder; 1 teaspoon red chili powder; ½ cup of all purpose white flour; 4 brown bread slices
Steam the cabbage and carrots – halfway through add the chopped beans. When it’s cooled down, add the spices, flour and bread slices (soaked in water and drained by squeezing in the palms), coriander leaves and lime juice. Make 12 balls of the mix and flatten into a patty.
Put the patties in a saucepan on medium heat, 2-3 at a time. Fry for 2-3 minutes at a side, then flip. The patties are served hot.