Kidney Health

Doctor showing a chart with kidneys

Your kidney’s serve very important bodily functions, namely filtering blood and producing urine to flush out waste and toxins. Other functions include regulating pH, salt, and potassium levels in the body; producing hormones that control the production of red blood cells and regulate blood pressure; and help the body absorb calcium. When your kidneys aren’t working properly, it can affect your entire body. To better understand, here are some common kidney issues:

  • Kidney infection is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI) caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract. These infections need to be treated so they don’t cause permanent damage to the kidney.
  • Kidney stones are a relatively common issue, happening when minerals crystallize and form solid masses. They pass during urination and can be quite painful.
  • Kidney disease occurs when your kidneys are damaged and cannot perform their function, leading to waste build-up. Dialysis (filtering of the blood) or transplant may be required.

Protect your kidneys by leading a healthy lifestyle or managing conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, that could cause damage to your kidneys. Some tips for kidney health include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight through diet and physical activity (30+ minutes per day). Choose healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Reduce your salt and sugar intake.
  • Drink plenty of water to help prevent kidney stones and kidney infections. Water produces more urine, which helps flush out bacteria.
  • Try to get at least seven hours each night. If you have trouble sleeping, set quiet time for an hour or so before bedtime. Incorporate some relaxation techniques to help you unwind.
  • Stop smoking and limit the amount of alcohol you’re consuming. Both of these habits can increase your blood pressure, which can, in turn, affect your kidney function.

As part of our goal of overall health and well-bring, your Capital Women’s Care provider will take your blood pressure and ask questions at every visit, providing insight and referrals when necessary.

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