Our kidneys are fist-sized organs located at the bottom of our rib cage, on both sides of our spine. Kidneys do perform several functions.
Among which the most important is to filter the waste products, excess water, and other impurities from the blood. These wastes are stored in our bladder and are expelled through urine later.
Along with that, the kidneys regulate the pH level, salt, and potassium levels in our body. They also control the production of red blood cells and produce hormones that regulate our blood pressure.
Our kidneys are responsible for activating a form of vitamin D that helps in absorbing the calcium for building our bones and muscle function.
Therefore, it is very important to maintain kidney health to maintain our overall health and general wellbeing.
How to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy
Dr. Manju Aggarwal, Chief – Medical Services & Chairperson – Nephrology, Artemis Hospitals Gurgaon said, “You should have a good lifestyle and control weight. You should also keep a watch on your blood sugar level. Regular annual health checkup is recommended for people above 35”.
Should not take many pain killers and over-the-counter medicines, added Dr. Aggarwal.
What drink is good for kidneys?
“Plain water is always best for your kidney health. Fruit juice intake should be moderate and you should avoid soft drinks”, says Dr. Aggarwal.
What are the tips to keep kidneys healthy?
Always try and live a healthy lifestyle. Heavy exercise in gyms and too much protein intake without any proper recommendation should be avoided as it gives a lasting impact on your kidney, says Dr. Aggarwal.
Can regular exercise help you to improve the health of the kidney?
“Yes, regular exercise always helps to improve your overall health including blood sugar levels,” said Dr. Aggarwal.
What food and drinks to avoid for kidney health?
Dr. Aggarwal explains, “Too much salted and high carbohydrates and fats intake should be avoided over the counter medicine intake really harms and also try to avoid soft drinks.”