Kidney failure is one health condition that many dread. Its incurability has been compared to HIV, cancer and liver problems. Kidney failure is a condition in which the kidneys lose the ability to remove waste and balance fluids. Kidney failure comes with signs and symptoms which may include: dry and itchy skin, tiredness, urge to urinate often, blood in one’s urine, swollen ankles and feet, loss of appetite, persistent puffiness around the eye, muscle cramp among others.
It is estimated that 10% of the world population suffers from chronic kidney disease and millions die every year mainly because they could not afford medical treatment. When signs and symptoms are detected early enough the symptoms can be curtailed to avoid it progressing to chronic kidney disease which can hardly be treated.
Because It is better to prevent rather than to cure or manage a disease, we will highlight foods that can help improve the functioning of the kidneys and ultimately keep them healthy:
Water: The most important food in the fight against kidney diseases is water. Body cells use water to transport toxins to the bloodstreams. The kidneys then use water to filter the toxins out of the body through urine. It is advised you take at least 2 litres of water every day to maintain healthy kidneys.
Fatty fishes: Cold-water fishes like salmons and tuna that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids is good for the kidneys. Since the body cannot make omega-3 fatty acid, we are left with the option of sourcing it from our diets. Also, omega-3 fats reduce fat levels in the blood. They may also lower high blood pressure, as a result, reducing the risk of kidney diseases.
Berries: Berries like raspberry, strawberry and blackberry are rich in antioxidant compounds and other helpful nutrients that protect body cells from damages. Berries are better options when sourcing for sugar than other inorganic sugary foods.
Apples: Apples contain fibres called pectin. Pectin help reduce risks factors for kidney damage like high blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Cherries: Daily consumption of cherries help reduce inflammations. Cherries are packed with antioxidants. Think of healthy kidneys then think cherries!
Egg whites: As we already know, egg whites are rich in high-quality protein with very essential amino acids. Why egg white is recommended for a healthy pair of kidneys is because the proteins contained in egg whites have less phosphorus than are present in other proteinous foods.
Garlic: Garlic has been used medicinally for years because of its antioxidant effects. The University of Maryland medical centre reported that garlic has been used to enhance the immune system and guard against kidney and heart diseases. Garlic is also said to have diuretic properties. Diuretic eliminates salts and water from your body. This, it does by forcing the kidney to put more sodium in the urine. It is essential to maintain a kidney-friendly diet.
Apple Cider vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar contains citric acid that helps in dissolving calcium deposits. Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8oz of water help reduce kidney stones symptoms and prevent their development. Apple cider vinegar is best taken before every meal.
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