Understanding Kidney Function
Kidneys have a tough job and they take care of a laundry list of bodily functions! From filtering your blood to regulating salt and pH levels as well as removing waste and products from your body, it’s essential to keep your kidneys in good shape — especially for those who are over 60. Here are some things to keep them in tip-top shape!
Staying active and getting regular exercise can lower your risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Getting regular exercise also reduces blood pressure and improves heart health which are also essential for good kidney health.
Keep Blood Sugar Levels in Control
People with diabetes may be at more risk of developing kidney damage. Diabetes causes high blood sugar, and when your body can’t process the glucose (sugar) in your blood, your kidneys will need to work harder to filter your blood — and when your kidneys are overworked, it can lead to serious damage and other health complications.
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can lead to kidney damage and when high blood pressure is combined with other ailments such as diabetes and heart disease, and cholesterol, your health could decline. Be sure to talk to your doctor about keeping an eye on your blood pressure numbers and have your blood pressure checked regularly.
Drinking water and staying hydrated has many health benefits including keeping your kidneys healthy. Not only does water help to clear out sodium and other toxins, but it can also reduce your risk of developing chronic kidney disease. If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add a lemon or your favorite fruit to give it a flavor boost.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a sound diet can not only help you keep a healthy weight, but it can also keep you from being overweight. Being overweight or obese are risk factors for developing heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. When it comes to your kidneys and overall health, stay away from processed foods such as hot dogs and bacon, as well as fast foods and high sodium goods. Stick to fresh fruits, vegetables, and foods that are naturally low in sodium.
The Arbors Assisted Living community encourages and supports healthy habits for our senior residents. We provide a variety of nutritious meals as well as activities that keep our residents active. Contact us today to learn more!