Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:
Early Symptoms of Kidney Problems & How to protect them?
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that are important for the elimination of wastes and in aiding other important functions of the body. Kidney disease is a serious medical issue. Research has shown that over 20 million individuals in the United States exhibit some level of dysfunction with their kidneys.
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Causes for Kidney Disease:
- You may have increased risks for kidney disease if you are suffering from medical conditions such as Diabetes and blood pressure.
- Kidney disease can be hereditary.
- Birth defects and improper use of medication can lead to kidney damage.
- Detrimental habits like drinking, smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise can also contribute to kidney disease.
Early Signs of Kidney Disease:
The key to avoiding severe kidney troubles is to recognize the early symptoms of kidney disease and to effectively act upon it; one should look out for the following symptoms:
- Feeling easily tired and experiencing a lack of strength.
- Changes in urination, such as blood in the urine or changes in the amount and number of times urine is passed.
- Troubles with sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Irregularities in the digestive routine
- Unpleasant taste in the mouth and urine-like odor to the breath
- Lack of focus and mental clarity
- Pain above the waist in the back of the body (where the kidneys are).
- Swelling, particularly of the ankles, and puffiness around the eyes.
- Loss of appetite
- Increasingly higher blood pressure.
- Pale skin
- Excessively dry, itchy skin
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Ayurveda approaches to protect your kidneys:
- Never suppress the urge to urinate.
- Drink plenty of warm or room temperature water.
- Practicing personal hygiene is very important, especially for the genitals. For in the long run, this will cause kidney damage.
- Blood pressure plays a big part in kidney function. Keeping yours at a healthy level will help reduce damage to the kidneys.
- Smoking and drinking should be avoided because they wreak havoc on your kidneys.
- Get active with more exercise.
- Overuse of medicines can lead to kidney damage.
- Maintain a healthy nutrition.
- Maintain low protein diet. Too much protein is bad for the kidneys.
- Eat foods lower in sodium.
- Include fruits such as watermelon, papayas, apples, pomegranates, berries, dry fruits, banana and grapes for healthy kidneys.
- The vegetables recommended for healthy kidneys are pumpkin, green leafy vegetables, root vegetables such as carrot, radish, onions, kidney beans (soaked), garlic, potatoes, asparagus, parsley, watercress, celery, cucumbers, soy beans, sprouts and legumes.