Today we are going to talk about a very important organ in our body which is the kidney and the reasons why we have two of them because they are responsible for a lot of things that happen in our body.
So first, let’s talk about what kidneys are. Kidneys are basically bean-shaped organs located in your stomach area, and they are responsible for waste disposal and what it does is, it regulates a lot of things in your body it actually sorts out recycled and unrecycled waste, and produces urine.
Your kidneys also cleanse your blood 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Your kidneys process approximately around 200 liters of blood per day and when it produces urine that goes to your bladder, and you will actually excrete up to 1-2L of urine each day which is including a lot of the waste, the toxins and all the unwanted things that your body does not need. It actually helps to regulate the blood pressure in your body. Your kidney will also regulate the water balance in your body, so any excess water is to be made in urine.
Your kidney also manages the production of vitamin D, which is important for your muscles, bones, and your general overall health, so basically your kidney is a very important organ to keep you healthy, young and youthful.
There are certain foods that you should eat, that not only help to keep your kidneys healthy but also boost the functions of your kidney.
Good foods for your kidneys:
Cranberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, anti-oxidants, fiber and very low in sugar, but what makes them super good is that they are great for preventing UTIs as it will make you more athletic and help keep bacteria from attaching to the inside of the bladder. They also help fight ulcer bacteria in the kidneys.
Cabbage contains a ton of good stuff like Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Floc Acid and fiber. It is low in potassium, so it is kidney friendly, but what makes it unique is that is filled with phytochemicals which break up hot free radicals and combats cancer and supports cardiovascular health.
3. Red Bell Peppers.
It’s low in potassium which is great for flushing out the kidneys and eliminates water from the body. However, if you have existing kidney problems, frequent urination can be painful and red bell peppers are a good source Vitamin C and Lycopene which is an anti-oxidant that fights off certain types of cancers. It too contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B6, Flic Acid and Fiber.
Mushrooms are the best whole food plant-based source of Vitamin D, which is an important mineral for good kidney health. It regulates kidney functions and prevents kidney diseases plus they are tasty too.
Awesome source of Vitamin A and C that prevents inflammation and protects the immune system. It is low in potassium and high in iron which will optimize kidney functions. A lot of people with kidney diseases have deficiency so always go for prevention rather than cure.
6. Black Porridge.
A very tasty food made up of black rice, black bean, sesame, barley, yam, peanuts, walnuts. Add some brown sugar and it’s super delicious and healthy for your kidneys as well.
Now let’s talk about what are some things that you do that can damage a kidney which you should avoid doing and keep that in mind.
1. Don’t hold your pee for too long because when you hold it in your bladder for a long time, it can cause bacteria which actually cause a lot of kidney problems in the future.
2. Drinking too much soft drink. Soft drinks actually contain a lot of sugar which throws the balance which causes your kidney to work overtime.
3. Taking too many painkillers. A lot of painkillers like Panadol, Aspirin will contain a lot of foreign toxins that your body don’t need and probably don’t requires so, therefore, your kidneys will also have to work overtime to get rid of those toxins from your blood.
4. Eating a lot of processed foods that contain high sodium like potato chips or ramen, because sodium actually not only gives you high blood pressure but also reduces kidney functions.
Make sure you keep hydrated at all time because when you deprive your body of water, your kidneys become dehydrated and causes problems like kidney stones which is probably the most painful thing that you could ever experience in your life.
Of course, we can’t deny that some of these problems can be hereditary, so it is genetics or passed down from your parents or your grandparents, so there are some things that you can’t avoid.
A tip to protect your kidney:
An awesome tip that you can do that not only help to improve the function of a kidney but also to protect it and make sure it works at its best is to soak your feet in warm to hot water, every night for 15 minutes before going to bed. There are hundreds of pressure points on the soles of your feet and when you increase the blood circulation in your feet you are in turn exercising the organs in your body.