The kidney is one of the most important human internal organs whose importance is not appreciated until it develops a problem. We never take notice of its functions until it starts malfunctioning. Due to this gross neglect of its importance, we also neglect the need to take care of it before it develops a problem. There is need therefore to take care of it before it gets bad because prevention is better than cure.
The kidneys are hardworking little organs but they require a lot of care to keep them from breaking down. They are responsible for so many important functions, including filtering toxins from your blood. Every 30 minutes, all the blood in the body travels through the kidneys, and there wastes are cleared from the bloodstreams and removed from the body as urine
Its other functions include:
- Oversee distribution of important minerals.
- Regulate the body’s acid-alkaline balance to keep you from becoming too acidic.
- Manage the body’s fluid levels.
- Release three essential hormones involved in blood pressure, bone building, and maintaining healthy red blood cells, among their other duties.
When the kidney is not taken care of, it starts to malfunction, then serious waste products starts to accumulate in the body, causing a lot of harm or damages to other organs. When something goes wrong in the kidney, the following are the symptoms one begins to experience.
- Back pain, especially when it’s sudden and intense
- An urgent need to urinate
- Swollen legs, hands, feet, or ankles
- Blood in the urine or difficulty urinating
- Puffy eyes
- Ridges in fingernails
- Skin problems
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Metallic taste in the mouth
It is therefore needful that one begins on time to take caution. Take care of the kidney. Most often kidney infections are caused by invasion of harmful bacteria in the kidney. The bacteria that causes kidney infections are the same as the bacteria that cause ordinary urinary tract infections UTIS. The most common of that are the bacteria found in stool known as, E.coli or klebsiella. Other bacteria are found in the environment or on the skin also infects the kidney. To prevent the kidney from being infected, stop those bacteria from entering. To do so one should stick to these preventive measures:
DRINK PLENTY WATER (HYDRATION) The best way to prevent kidney infection is to always keep the bladder and urethra bacteria free; drink plenty of water so as to urinate often.
Maintain general and toilet hygiene always
- TOILET TIPS: To help your urinary tract to be
- Go to the toilet immediately you flee the need to urinate, rather than holding it in.
- Wipe from front to back after going to the toilet.
- Wash your genitals everyday and before sexual intercourse
- If you are a woman, avoid hovering the toilet seat as the position can often leave urine behind in the bladder.
Constipation can increase your chances of getting (UTI), so treat constipation promptly by taking enough fibre in your diet using a miled laxative on short term basis.
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Be careful with contraceptives: especially spermicides in condoms and diaphragm.
TYPES OF KIDNEY INFECTIONS
Infections and kidney stones are two of the most common kidney problems. Generally, infections are due to the bacteria E. coli gaining access to the urinary tract where they can connect with the kidneys. Technically, kidney infection is a form of urinary tract infection (UTI) and is treated with antibiotics.
Kidney stones, on the other hand, are solid, chemical deposits that form inside the kidney. Dehydration is one of the most common causes of kidney stones. A kidney stone can be nearly invisible to the naked eye, as large as a marble, or even bigger.
Tiny kidney stones pass out of the body in the urine, so you’re never aware of those. Larger kidney stones, however, can become lodged in the ureter, a thin tube connecting the kidneys and the bladder. When they become stuck, these stones can cause severe pain in the side or back, blood in the urine, and difficulty urinating. It can take days or even weeks for a kidney stone to pass on its own, so if you’re experiencing kidney stone symptoms, see a health care professional as soon as possible.
In addition, there are three types of serious kidney disease – acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, and end stage renal disease. (Note: The word “renal” is simply a medical term for kidneys.)
Acute renal failure (ARF) could be due to an injury or ingesting toxic substances. ARF generally responds well to treatment, especially if the kidneys are not severely damaged.
When kidneys gradually lose the ability to function, it is typically due to chronic kidney disease or CKD, the most common type of kidney ailment. Often, there are no symptoms of CKD until the condition has advanced. Then patients could experience numbness and/or swelling in the hands and feet, frequent urination, nausea, anemia, and poor appetite.
Finally, end stage renal disease (ESRD) is a serious condition in which there is no or very little kidney function remaining, and the damage to the kidney is permanent. At this point, a patient is looking at daily dialysis sessions or a kidney transplant.
Kidney cancer, while not common, does seem to be increasing. In the early stages, there are few symptoms. As the cancer advances, symptoms may include blood in the urine, fever that comes and goes, fatigue, back pain, and weight loss. Kidney cancer can be treated with surgery, radiation, and assorted drugs, depending on its location, size, type, and the overall health of the patient.
Baking soda is very effective in replenishing the bicarbonate levels in the kidney, which makes it one of the good home remedies. Take 8 ounces of water and dissolve 1 tbsp of baking soda in it. Drink it daily.
Garlic is known for its diuretic properties. It alleviates the symptoms of renal infection by forcing the kidneys to pass more salt in the urine.
HERE ARE ADDITIONAL STEPS THAT CAN HELP KEEP KIDNEYS HEALTHY, ACCORDING TO THE NNH HEALTH TIPS
Staying thoroughly hydrated is the most important thing you can do to prevent kidney stones and keep kidneys strong. Water dilutes the urine, and that prevents minerals and salts from clustering together and forming stones. I often recommend that patients who are at risk for kidney stones start the day by drinking fresh lemon juice in a glass of room temperature water.
Make certain you have healthy populations of friendly bacteria known as probiotics in your intestines. Studies have shown that these microorganisms are linked to better overall and digestive health, as well as a long list of other benefits. One of those involves assisting kidneys in processing waste materials, as well as reducing the likelihood of developing kidney stones.
A recent clinical trial involving patients with chronic kidney disease found that the group taking probiotics improved kidney function test scores as well as overall quality of life.
Eat Less Red Meat
Go easy on animal protein. Kidney stones are most common in populations that consume a great deal of meat. I suggest aiming for less than 65 grams of animal protein per day, which is just a little more than two ounces.
Watch your phosphorous intake. You rarely hear about the mineral phosphorous, probably because deficiencies are so rare, especially for anyone eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). And that’s why phosphorous is becoming a problem, particularly for kidneys.
The mineral is found in most foods, but carbonated soft drinks and prepared, processed foods are especially high in phosphorus. You only need 800 mg to 1,200 mg of phosphorus each day; higher amounts are flushed from the body by healthy kidneys.
When kidneys don’t work well, phosphorus accumulates in the body, causing potentially serious conditions, such as bone and heart disorders, as well as calcification (hardening) of tissues. The easiest way to make sure you’re not getting too much phosphorus is to eat a nutritious, whole foods diet and totally avoid any fast and convenience foods.
Smoking hurts the kidneys, so if that is one of your vices you have to stop.
One of the best ways to support good kidney health is with daily juicing. My favorite is to juice one entire bunch of cilantro or parsley, two herbs that are kidney friendly and help remove heavy metals from the body, mixed with water, lemon juice, and raw, organic honey to taste. If you have not discovered juicing yet, you can also use a greens product that provides a healthy serving of these essential nutrients.
THESE HOME-MADE JUICES CAN HELP
Like the way your skin needs cleansing, your body and its internal organs also need to be cleansed. Parsley juice serves as a cleanser for the kidneys and flushes out toxins present in it. It contains an array of nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, B, potassium, sodium, copper, thiamin, and riboflavin. Take a few parsley leaves and boil them thoroughly in a boiler along with water. Strain it, cool it and drink it. It is one of the best and the most effective treatments against renal infections.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Both honey and apple cider vinegar work wonders for kidney related infections in the body. Together, they benefit you more than when used separately. Mix 2 tbsp of honey with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. This mix should be consumed by the patients on a daily basis.
Juices are really important for kidney cleansing to get rid of toxins and other infectious particles and agents. Besides cleansing, juice soothes and relaxes kidneys during and post infection. You can consume from a variety of juices, like lemon, orange, cranberry, grapes, apples, etc.
Anything herbal is good for the health of your body. Drinking herbal teas, such as chamomile tea, marshmallow tea, parsley tea or goldenrod tea, is an effective formula to treat many infections, including kidney related problems. You should sip any of these teas at least twice a day.
Aloe vera is a blissful fruit in almost every ailment of the body, and it should be consumed in good quantities when you’re suffering from a kidney infection. It is effective against removing toxins out of the body through its effective cleansing mechanism. Consume aloe vera juice twice a day for beneficiary results.
Cranberry juice is another efficacious treatment for curing kidney related troubles, but it should not be consumed in larger quantities as it could deteriorate the problem. Also, it is should not be consumed for a longer period of time.
Tip: It should be consumed in its natural form, i.e., unsweetened form.
Vitamin C is extremely important and beneficial against the renal infections as it raises the acidic levels in the kidney, thus, making it impossible for bacteria to grow. So, it is advisable to consume an orange or any other citrus fruit every day for favorable results. However, if you don’t like citrus fruits, then you should consume vitamin C tablets once in a day and preferably with the breakfast.
While talking about the kidney infection and its cure, no one can forget the benefits of water as there is nothing that can beat water in the world. Water is the key element that flushes out waste and toxic products from your kidneys, keeping them clean and healthy forever. So, it is advisable for you to consume at least 10 glasses of water in a day whether you are suffering from an infection or not.
Eat These Foods
Stock-up on kidney-supportive foods, including watermelon, berries (cranberries, blueberries, and strawberries), peppers, apples, garlic, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, and olive oil. While you’re at it, please review my earlier recommendations for healthy eating and reducing inflammation, because those suggestions benefit kidneys, too.
Lose Some Weight
If you’re carrying around extra pounds, do your kidneys a favor and shed a few pounds. Obesity has been linked to an increased likelihood of developing kidney cancer.