Your kidneys are critical for your well being. The primary role and function of the kidneys is to process an average of 200 quarts of blood to extract two quarts of bodily waste and extra water on a daily basis.
Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys cannot properly remove wastes, which in turn causes the buildup of waste and fluid in the body. A physician can assess kidney failure through blood and urine tests.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 Million Americans have kidney disease and most do not know it.
There are several types of kidney failure:
• Acute kidney failure develops suddenly, sometimes because of severe infection, drugs or other chemical agents, or physical trauma. If the underlying problem can be successfully treated, complete recovery of the kidneys is possible.
• Chronic kidney failure develops gradually over years and may cause weight loss, anemia (low blood cell count), nausea or vomiting, tiredness, headaches, decreased mental sharpness, muscle twitches and cramps, yellowish-brown skin color, unusual itching, and trouble sleeping.
• End-stage kidney disease causes anemia, high blood pressure, bone disease, heart failure, and poor mental functioning.
- (JAMA, February 11, 2009—Vol 301, No. 6)
Key tools in prevention are:
- Healthy nutrition and eating habits
- Quitting smoking
- Reduction of sodium intake
- Cut back on excessive sugar consumption
- Stop drinking sodas
- Stop eating processed foods
- managing and maintaining or prevention of diabetes
- Implement more physical activities
Top Foods For Optimal Kidney Health
- Cruciferous vegetables such as: cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, kale, watercress
- Green Tea
- Flaxseed/ flaxseed oil
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