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Kidney Disease – Take Care of your Kidneys

Kidney disease is the silent killer, which will largely affect your quality of life. When thinking of preventative health measures, your kidneys should come to mind. In protecting your kidneys tend may not be on your mind. However, kidneys play an important role in filtering the toxins and waste out of your blood, regulating blood pressure, and maintaining the right balance of water in your body. With infections, medications and illnesses it can take a gradual toll on the kidneys, and some decline in function with age. Kidney damage tends to be symptomless until about 90% of kidney function is impaired, often irreversibly. Fortunately, there are many measures you can take to prevent common causes of kidney damage, and keep your kidneys working well through your lifetime. Maintain a Healthy Diet While keeping a well-balanced diet is a very important part in having a healthy lifestyle at any age, to prevent obesity. Obesity is a high risk factor for many diseases, including kidney disease. Canada’s Food Guide provides an evidence-based approach to nutrition, based on the most recent science around optimal nutrient intake and disease prevention. A low in sodium diet is especially important to maintain kidney health, particularly if you have high blood pressure. It is best to avoid packaged, take-out and convenience food that tends to be high in sodium, fat and sugar. Choose whole grains with fresh fruit and vegetables, and moderate amounts of lean protein. It is always a good idea to drink enough water during the day, but drinking more than the typical four to six glasses a day probably won’t help your kidneys...
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