World Kidney Day

Hello readers,

Any of you are kidney lovers?well,for those of you who did not know, today is World kidney Day. Aim is to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

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To be able to relate about the importance of this day, I thought it would be helpful to provide the role of kidneys in our bodies.

The kidneys remove wastes and extra water from the blood and make urine. To keep the body working properly, the kidneys balance the salts and minerals—such as calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium—that circulate in the blood. The kidneys also release hormones that help make red blood cells, regulate blood pressure, and keep bones strong little background on kidneys and the disease. See how important they are?

Well, everyone is at risk for kidney disease and this is how it manifests and what it causes. In fact, millions of Americans are at risk for developing CKD because they have diabetes, high blood pressure, or both.For instance, as I was looking for info about the Top 5 Most Important Kidney Health Numbers.I came across the Susan O’malley  post who talks about the story of her brother having kidney disease. Check it out. She also talks about Nick Cannon revelation of his kidney diagnosis on Good morning America.

Check this video on a pretty detailed explanation of  food to avoids

Knowing that kidney disease is associated with so many diseases, I cannot stress enough the importance of having health in your meal .It is a necessity to prevent kidney disease. Having good nutrition becomes even more urgent when one has the disease. When you have chronic kidney disease, diet is an important part of your treatment plan. Your recommended diet may change over time if your kidney disease gets worse. Your doctor can also refer you to a registered dietitian who will help you plan your meals to get the right foods in the right amounts. getting the right amount of calories and protein, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, fluids, vitamins and minerals.

Here Tips for Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

•           Keep blood pressure below 130/80 mm/Hg.

•           Stay in your target cholesterol range.

•           Eat less salt and salt substitutes.

Eat healthy foods

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For those of you who may know someone suffering from kidney disease or just to get involved. Tell others about it. Let them know about quick healthy snacks they can eat for their kindneys

Grab and Go, Top 5 Kidney-Healthy Snacks to Pack in Under 5 Minutes

-Unsalted nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or peanuts.. Moderation is key so a good handful a day would be recommended.

-Fruits, both fresh and dried are also an excellent choice. Those containing edible skins and seeds will contain more fiber.

-Lowfat soymilk .Good thing is: no need for refrigeration!

-Fiber bars

-Fresh whole or cut up vegetables, such as grape tomatoes bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and cucumbers. No need  or little refrigeration .

Get involved!Check the World Kidney day wesbite  page Idea for actions.

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