The kidneys work around the clock to cleanse our body of waste and extra fluid, both of which are removed through the urine. The small, bean-shaped organs also release hormones to balance blood pressure, control the production of red blood cells and remove drugs from the body.
Kidney disease affects 10% of the world’s population. When not functioning properly, waste and toxins can build up in the body causing issues.
There are simple things you can do to be sure you’re taking care of your kidneys.
Stay Active – there is no limit to the benefits of moving your body! When you move around 30 minutes a day, it helps prevent obesity, which can be a major factor for kidney disease.
Consume Intentionally – When filling your plate, try to limit sodium, potassium and phosphorous to keep your kidneys feeling healthy. Need inspiration? Try to eat more of these foods:
Cauliflower – full of vitamin C, vitamin K, and B vitamin, cauliflower is an anti-inflammatory food that serves as a great source of fiber.
Blueberries – a natural antioxidant, blueberries help protect against heart disease, some cancers, and diabetes.
Garlic – as you try to limit your salt intake, garlic can serve a valuable role in adding flavor to your meals. With manganese, vitamin C and vitamin B6, garlic also offers a benefit to both your health and your taste buds.
Fatty Fish – a healthy source of protein,
Dark, Leafy Greens – spinach, kale and their similar counterparts offer many key vitamins and nutrients to your system. Be careful to watch for too much potassium, as they do tend to be higher in potassium than some other vegetables.
Science Care’s Role in Kidney Health
Science Care donors continually play a key role in scientific advancements intended to improve kidney health. Our donor community has contributed to numerous recent projects aimed at enhancing quality of life through advancing the means by which kidney health is maintained or improved.
Researchers utilized donated tissues and fluids to increase the accuracy and provide earlier detection of diseases, which helps the medical community to not only better diagnose, but provide treatments tailored more specifically to an individual patient based on their disease state and/or its progression.
If you are interested in learning more about the kidneys, consider the National Kidney Foundation website.
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