5 tips for healthy kidneys

Your kidneys are vital to your overall health, so it's important to look after them.

5 simple lifestyle steps can help you keep them in good shape.

1. Stay hydrated!

Drinking plenty of fluid will help your kidneys function properly. Your urine should be straw-coloured. If it's any darker it may be a sign of dehydration.

2. Eat healthy!

A balanced diet ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. The NHS has great resources on making sure you eat a balanced diet including 5 portions of fruit and vegetables and plenty of fluid. 

3. Watch your blood pressure!

Have your blood pressure checked regularly. High blood pressure has no symptoms, but it can increase your risk of kidney and heart problems.

4. Avoid heavy drinking and smoking!

Drinking too much alcohol and smoking both raise your blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of kidney disease.

5. Be mindful of your weight!

Being too heavy raises your blood pressure, which is bad for your kidneys. Try to keep yourself at a healthy weight by keeping active and not overeating.

If you have any concern over your health, please contact your GP surgery as soon as possible. 


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