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The kidneys are vital organs in our body’s excretory system (the body’s waste management department). Without it, our body would accumulate waste and excess water, causing our hands and feet to swell and later, our abdomen to bloat. So, in order to avoid being swollen, puffy and bloated we must keep our kidneys in top shape.

Avoid kidney problems by keeping your kidneys in shape with these tips:

Drink Enough Water

Since our kidneys filter out the toxins in our body, we need to be hydrated for it to function correctly. Straw-Colored urine is a good sign that you are well hydrated. If your urine is darker, increase your water intake and prevent further dehydration.

Drink more water:

  • during a hot day
  • when traveling in warm places
  • during exercise

Hold the Salt

Having a high-sodium diet can lead to hypertension because salt attracts and holds water in the body. This also increases your blood pressure. The average American consumes at least 3,400 mg a day and even more, increasing the risks for kidney problems. Do not be extreme about salt avoidance though. Your body needs sodium to function properly but only about 2,300mg per day.

Interestingly, salt can sneak into your diet without you knowing it. That is why checking labels and sticking to fresh fruits and vegetables, and unprocessed foods are the best way to keep your sodium levels low. There is no food label to check on whole unprocessed foods. When it comes to salt, less is better.

Stay Fit and Within a Healthy Weight.

Being heavy can take a toll on your kidneys. Be active regularly, ideally 30 minutes a day, and eat healthy to keep off extra pounds. More tips on healthy weight here.

Do Not Smoke or Consume Too Much Alcohol.

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