National Kidney Day
National Kidney Day
What are your kidneys? AND why are they so important?
Your kidneys are two bean shaped organs that’s primary role is to extract waste from your blood, balance body fluids, form urine and many other functions. For their small size they put in a good amount of hard work to making sure you stay healthy! We have to take care of our kidneys if we want them to take care of us!
Main roles of the kidneys:
- Waste excretion. Filtering out toxins, excess salts, urea. All important to discard from the body!
- Water level balancing. What a fine act the kidneys perform in making sure you have the exact amount of water balance needed for the body. As water intake decreases the kidneys will make sure that more water is held on to in the body.
- Blood Pressure Regulation. We need constant blood pressure to maintain filtering of the blood. So when we have blood pressure that drops too low the kidneys make sure to increase the pressure.
- Red Blood Cell Regulation. If kidneys don’t receive enough oxygen they send out a signal to receive more oxygen carrying blood cells from our bone marrow.
- Acid Regulation. When cells are metabolized they produce acids. When we eat certain foods we can either raise our acidity level or neutralize it. So it’s important to understand the acidity level of foods we eat and to try to stay more alkaline. (1)
Most common causes of kidney disease?
- High Blood Pressure
- Kidney stones
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Urinary tract infections
- Heavy use of drugs and toxins
- Autoimmune kidney disorders
Ways to help keep our kidneys happy and functioning optimally!
- Keep blood sugars low, staying away from high carbohydrate intake
- Stay hydrated with water
- Keep blood pressure in normal range for your age
- Avoid processed and junk foods
- Eat more alkaline foods
- Drink a glass of lemon water or Apple Cider Vinegar drinks
- Moderate your salt intake
- Stay active
- Stinging Nettle tea
Fact: The kidneys perform their life-sustaining job of filtering and returning to the bloodstream about 200 quarts of fluid every 24 hours. About two quarts are removed from the body in the form of urine, and about 198 quarts are recovered. The urine we excrete has been stored in the bladder for anywhere from 1 to 8 hours.
Awareness Challenge this week: Care for your kidneys this month! Pick a daily practice that will help benefit your kidneys!
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- https://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/kidney/male#1, Healthline, 2014