Your Kidney and Health

March is the International Kidney Awareness Month, and what better way is there to celebrate than to learn more about them!

First things first, what exactly are your kidneys and why are they important?

Kidneys are a pair of fist-sized organs located at the bottom of your rib cage, with one on either side of your spine. They are extremely important because your kidneys are in charge of filtering waste products, blood impurities and excess water out of your body! Kidneys also activate vitamin D for healthy bones and muscles, regulate blood pressure through hormone production, and ensure your blood minerals are always balanced.

Without healthy kidneys, you could suffer from nerve damage, cardiovascular diseases, weak bones, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney failure, and even anaemia (low red blood cell count)!

Now that you know why they’re important, here’s how to keep them healthy!

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And the most important, keep a healthy diet!

While your body requires potassium to maintain a healthy heart and muscles, people with kidney diseases or an ineffective kidney are unable to eliminate them properly, causing increased heart palpitations and inflammations. This can be extremely dangerous and potentially fatal for a person suffering from kidney diseases!

So, if you have a kidney problem, remember to avoid eating too much potassium rich foods like avocados, bananas, spinach and sweet potatoes.

Instead, have more low potassium fruits and veggies that are not only full of nutrients, they’re usually anti-inflammatory and great for your kidneys! You can have them raw, cooked, or even blended into some fresh juice! We have a great selection for you to choose from, or why not just make your own Juice Works blend!

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Though remember, if your kidneys are healthy and fully functioning, then fret not! Potassium rich foods are perfectly good for you too!

 

Sources: National Kidney Foundation, Your Kidneys, NHS, Healthline