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      Take better care of your kidneys

      The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located on either side of your spine and lie below your ribs and behind your belly. The role of the kidneys is to filter your blood. They clear wastes, control the body's fluid balance, and maintain right levels of electrolytes. Here's how you can keep them healthy.

      Go easy on the salt

      Salt is essential to the working of our bodies but consuming an excess of salt can do more harm than good. It also ups the risk of high blood pressure which may cause kidney disease, and kidney stones.

      Beware of overdoing certain medications

      NSAIDs are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and include medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen. They may damage your kidneys if taken too often or consumed excessively at once.  Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are usually prescribed for an ulcer or GERD, however, long term use of these will increase your chances of chronic kidney disease.

      Antibiotics

      Taking these too often can damage your kidneys. Antibiotics such as penicillin, sulfonamides, and cephalosporins come under this category.

      Herbal supplements

      Supplement makers may damage your kidneys and especially harmful if you have kidney disease. Discuss with your doctor if you have to take a herbal supplement.

      Eat healthy food

      A healthy diet which is filled with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and few processed foods are good for the kidneys. Your kidneys are the organs that process everything that you eat or drink, and this includes anything that’s bad for you, like lots of fat, salt, and sugar. Over time, a bad diet will create problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and other conditions that can damage your kidneys.

      Drink adequate water

      Water is important to bring nutrients to your kidneys and clear the waste to your bladder in the form of urine.  If you don’t drink enough water, what happens is that the tiny filters inside your kidneys may get blocked and lead to kidney stones and infections. Six cups a day are good to keep you healthy but if you are sick or it’s hot, you may drink more.

       

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