How to Take Care of Your Kidneys and Bladder

Every three days we must give the kidneys a break and dispense with food that irritates them, such as ultra-processed ones. Likewise, we should increase the consumption of raw vegetables and vegetable juices.
How to Take Care of Your Kidneys and Bladder

Last update: 16 October, 2021

The kidneys and the bladder are two essential organs in the body. They aren’t only part of the urinary system, but also the lymphatic system. Therefore, they work together with the liver to eliminate toxins from the body and eliminate waste products found in cells. However, they also fulfill many other functions.

In the popular sphere, when we talk about toxins, we’re referring to one of the main causes of health problems. In fact, the bloodstream can be invaded by toxins from food, pesticides, elements of environmental pollution, and even stress itself, and this influences our state of health and quality of life.

As the kidneys and liver are essential to rid ourselves of toxins and other impurities, it’s necessary to take care of them daily so that they don’t become overloaded and are able to perform their functions. On the other hand, you also have to take care of your bladder. Ultimately, this is where the urine is stored that will then have to be expelled.

Let’s see more below.

Most common kidney and bladder problems

The most common kidney and bladder problems are:

  • Infections
  • Blockages in the urethra
  • Difficulty filtering the blood
  • Bladder control problems: incontinence or retention deficits
  • Changes in the wall of the bladder (it can no longer hold as much urine as it used to)

Each of these problems has different health consequences and requires early diagnosis and treatment, to prevent the patient’s situation from worsening and being more complicated to handle.

An illustration of the kidneys.

When to consult the doctor?

Apart from doing one or two annual check-ups to check that everything is in order, it’s essential to go to the doctor if you notice the following discomfort. This is especially the case if they intensify over time and appear with other symptoms.

  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain in the lumbar region
  • Acute retention of urine
  • Involuntary loss of urine
  • Hematuria (blood in the urine)
  • Wanting to urinate continuously
  • Fever, chills, vomiting, and extreme tiredness

Once the doctor has checked you out and given a diagnosis, it’s essential to follow their instructions in order to recover. Likewise, it’ll be essential to maintain good lifestyle habits. This includes avoiding self-medication.

Guidelines for caring for your kidneys and bladder

Taking care of your diet is essential in order to maintain the health of the kidneys and bladder in good condition. For this reason, you shouldn’t ignore this aspect if you have a problem in the renal system.

Below, we’ll share some guidelines that you can include in your routine, as long as your doctor authorizes it. Remember that not all people are the same and the things that benefit some may not work for others.

If you have any questions, consult your doctor.

Drink enough water every day

Water is the liquid that benefits us the most. For this reason, it’s extremely important to consume it in sufficient quantities on a daily basis.

We mustn’t forget that the amount of water we should drink daily depends on factors such as sex, age, lifestyle, and health. Thus, an older adult will have different hydration needs than an athlete, child, or adolescent.

In addition to drinking water, it’s important to ensure the quality of complementary drinks. If you consume coffee, sugary drinks, and alcohol, you’ll be damaging your health.

person with kidney pain artists interpretation
A patient with kidney problems.

Therefore, rather than fizzy or sugary drinks, give priority to:

  • Fruit juices (especially cranberry): Their antioxidant effect helps to take care of the urinary system and prevent infections.
  • Coconut water: Moisturizing, refreshing, and nourishing, coconut water is also a great option.
  • Fruit waters (homemade): Drinks made at home, without sugar, sweeteners, or any other type of artificial substance can help to supplement hydration and take care of the kidney system.
  • Herbal infusions: Some infusions (chamomile, mint, etc.) may be better alternatives to a soft drink or alcoholic beverage. However, if you’re under some type of pharmacological treatment, it’s best to consult with your doctor about the most recommended option and which ones to avoid.

Herbal infusions for the kidneys and bladder

As popular wisdom indicates, some herbs can help us maintain kidney and bladder health, such as:

  • Nettle and dandelion: These are diuretic, they cleanse the kidneys and help eliminate uric acid.
  • Parsley: Helps to cleanse the kidneys. To prepare it, boil a bunch of parsley for 10 minutes in 2 liters of water, then let it rest, strain it, and put it in the fridge. Try to consume it in five days, and then rest for a week.

Vegetables suitable for your kidneys and bladder

Eating raw fruits and vegetables is essential for the health of the entire body and, therefore, for general well-being. The reason? They provide us with various nutrients, water, fiber, and enzymes that we lose if we cook them and that are essential for the body’s cleansing process.

Hence, we recommend that you consume them raw, whenever possible. Here we’ll show you the right vegetables to take care of the bladder and kidneys.

  • Asparagus: Refreshing and rich in water and fiber, these foods have diuretic properties that stimulate the functioning of the kidneys, eliminating toxins and stimulating the evacuation of urine.
  • Spinach: Rich in minerals and vitamins that not only nourish the body but also support detoxification processes, including cleaning the kidney system.
  • Celery: This is a perfect food for salads or even in infusions. It’s diuretic and rich in minerals.
  • Beetroot: Rich in various vitamins and minerals, as well as water and fiber. For this reason, it’s considered an excellent kidney detoxifier.
  • White beans: These provide carbohydrates, fiber, and various nutrients that are excellent for the kidneys.

It should be noted that these foods should always be included in a balanced diet. Never consume them exclusively, as that could lead to imbalances in your body.

Focusing on real food, minimizing the consumption of saturated and ultra-processed fats in general, maintaining a moderate consumption of salt and sugar, avoiding alcohol, and following the doctor’s recommendations will help you take care of your health in general, including liver, kidneys, and bladder.

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