Each one of your two kidneys have about a million tiny filtering units in it. That might seem more than enough to do a good filtering job, but they have a lot to do and are easy to harm.
The kidneys remove sodium and water to maintain the fluid balance in your body, and they eliminate urea caused by protein breakdown.
They also work to fine-tune levels of calcium, phosphorus and potassium, and they help to regulate the acid balance in your blood.
If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, you have a high risk of killing off some of those million filtering units. Smoking, being overweight and having high cholesterol also threaten to break them down.
To save your kidneys, take these steps:
➢ Carefully control diabetes, which is the most common cause of kidney failure. Talk with your doctor about how exercise, food, medications and stress affect your blood sugar, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic.
➢ Make every effort to control hypertension. High blood pressure damages small blood vessels in the kidneys and can cause kidney disease.
➢ Avoid taking too many pain killers. Long-term use of over-the-counter pain killers can damage the kidneys.
➢ Eat with kidney health in mind. Avoid eating too much meat. Talk to your doctor if you already have kidney disease about how to achieve a low-protein diet. Reducing protein in your diet will slow the progression of chronic kidney disease.
➢ If you smoke, quit now. Smoking and using other tobacco products makes kidney and heart disease worse. If you don’t already have kidney or heart disease, smoking significantly increases your risk of both.
➢ Nutrilite® Glucose Health can support a healthy metabolism, ➢ Stay hydrated with plenty of water
➢ Nutrilte Double® X for optimal balance of vitamins & minerals
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