Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Be “Water Wise” for Healthy Kidneys

We all know that drinking sufficient water is vital to stay hydrated. Proper hydration is very important for the kidneys to function efficiently. The role of water in the human body mimics its role in nature, with its primary offerings being transportation, cleaning, and conduction. Water carries nutrients to cells, flushes our bodies of wastes, and aids digestion by forming stomach secretions. It also keeps our moisture-rich organs (skin, muscles, eyes, and nose) function well, it regulates our body temperature and metabolism while it lubricates, cushions our joints, just to name a few of its many functions.

Have you ever thought about your Kidneys ?

Many of us have a wireless router located on a shelf, somewhere in their home. If you have one in your home, you don’t know precisely how the router works or what all those blinking lights mean, but you are glad it works – most of the time, you only take its nonstop, indefatigable function for granted. You know what else falls into that class? Your kidneys. It’s understandable if you don’t know what they do exactly, but at least you should acknowledge they’re important. The kidneys are in charge of many important processes that take place endlessly in your body to keep you alive. The vital processes include the regulation of water balance, the excretion of waste and acid-base balance. They regulate the levels of salt, potassium, and acid in your body as well as filter your blood to remove waste products and excess fluid. The kidneys filter about 113 to 144 liters of blood to create 0.94 to 1.8 liters of urine every day. To put it simply, every 30 minutes your kidneys filter all the blood in your body eliminating waste and excess fluid. Pretty amazing isn’t it. Your kidneys also produce hormones that regulate your blood pressure, control the production of red blood cells and promote bone health. When you are appropriately hydrated, it keeps your blood vessels in good condition so oxygen and nutrients can pass through freely to the organs that need them, including your kidneys. 

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Almost 10% of the world population is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), and every year millions die as they do not have access to affordable treatment. According to a recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School in partnership with 13 medical canters all over India, 15% of Indians have some form of chronic kidney disease and one-third of the above people have advanced stages of the disease.  The most startling fact is that the majority of kidney failure patients in India are much younger and affects predominantly the working population.

Forget Detox juice, the best liquid your kidney really needs is a nice, big glass of H2O.

Consumption of more water is a simple way to reduce the chances of kidney diseases . Most of us find this task exceptionally hard, so start out slowly and listen to your body. A common "rule" often considered when it comes to water consumption is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. According to the National Kidney Foundation, individuals who excrete 2 - 2.5 liters of urine are 50 percent less likely to form kidney stones. That urine volume is related with drinking about eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day.  However this number varies depending on age, activity level and how much water people,  are consuming in other drinks like coffee, tea, or water-rich fruit and veggies.

Water is always the first line of treatment for Kidney stones. When you are exercising strenuously or when the weather is warmer, you might need to drink more than your normal intake of water as you lose a lot of fluids when you are sweating. When ever you are drinking less water, kidney will conserve more water and secrete a concentrated urine. So by common sense if your urine is high coloured, means your water consumption is inadequate. Thus when ever you void urine, it should be water like, colour less. So whenever you see a high colour urine simply increase your water intake.

Keep your kidneys healthy by being “water-wise”, which means drinking the right amount of water and other healthy fluids.  Take care of your kidneys, and they will take good care of you. They are amazing organs....!!! 

Now you’re prepared, with some practical knowledge to give your kidneys a break. 

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