8 tips to naturally improve kidney function
The kidneys are delicate organs vulnerable to factors like poor diet, stress, and negative emotions. It’s important to take care of them to prevent serious conditions, especially if you have a personal or family history of kidney problems. In this article, we’ll share 8 tips for improving kidney function through diet, natural remedies, and simple tricks.
Tips for improving kidney function
1. Drink water
Drinking water throughout the day is the simplest, cheapest, and most natural way to take care of your kidneys and prevent kidney stones, inflammation, and infection. However, make sure it’s water that is low in sodium. If it’s not, it could do more harm than good.
- Drink at least 6 cups of water per day. Spread it out throughout the day, always between meals, and particularly first thing on an empty stomach.
2. Control your salt intake
A small amount of salt each day is good for you, as long as it’s not refined (choose sea salts, Himalayan salt, etc.) The problem is if you consume too much, either in pre-made meals or as a condiment. Frozen meals tend to contain table salt, which is just sodium chloride and doesn’t contain the balance of minerals and trace elements that your body needs.
- If you consume too much salt, your kidneys will need to retain more water to be able to process it, which causes an imbalance of fluids in your body.
- At the same time, it causes increased blood pressure, which damages nephrons over time.
3. Reduce your dairy intake
Salt isn’t the only food that’s harmful to your kidneys. Milk and dairy products increase the amount of calcium removed from your body via urine. This can increase the risk of kidney stones, especially if you don’t drink much water and have a genetic predisposition.
- People who consume dairy products for the calcium should remember that calcium in dairy is not digested properly. It can damage your kidneys in the long term.
4. Cut back on sugar
You kidneys, along with your lungs, are responsible for balancing your blood’s pH. Consuming sugar increases your body’s acidity, which can overload your kidneys.
- Although we’ve always talked about salt being the main cause of kidney problems, sugar can also negatively affect them.
- You can opt for healthy alternatives such as stevia, panela, or coconut sugar.
Each time you sweat you reduce the load on your kidneys. Sweating is another way to remove fluids and toxins from your body. As a result, sweating can be an excellent way to improve kidney function.
What are good ways to sweat?
- High or medium intensity physical exercise, or interval-style exercises.
- Eating spicy food like ginger or cayenne pepper.
6. Kidney cleanses
Once or twice a year, especially when the seasons change, it’s a good idea to do some sort of cleanse or detox. It will help your kidneys remove toxins and overall improve liver and kidney function.
To do a kidney detox try the following remedies:
- Garlic and onion soup.
- Green smoothie made from pear, celery, and apple.
- Dandelion, burdock, and horsetail tea.
7. Fear and your kidneys
Negative emotions can also affect organ function. Anger damages the liver, sadness damages the lungs, and for kidneys the main culprit is fear. Professional therapists can help you learn to face life with courage and optimism.
8. Applying heat
Like the liver, the kidneys can benefit from locally applied heat using a hot water bottle or heating pad. It’s very important to keep cold drafts from hitting the kidney area if you are having kidney problems.
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