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Spring is finally here! You may have already been spring cleaning around your home, but what about your kidneys?

Your kidneys – the body’s filters – play an important role in maintaining your overall health. These two fist-sized organs located in your lower back are responsible for the following functions:

  • Filtering waste out of 200 liters of blood each day.
  • Regulating the body’s salt, potassium and acid content.
  • Removing drugs from the body.
  • Balancing the body’s fluids.
  • Releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure.
  • Producing an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones.
  • Controlling the production of red blood cells.

Quick Facts on Kidney Disease:

  • Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the country.
  • More than 26 million Americans – 1 in 9 adults- have kidney disease, and most don’t know it.
  • There are over 95,000 people waiting for kidney transplants.
  • More than 590,000 people have kidney failure in the US today.

Now, you may be thinking, “How do I keep my ‘filters’ clean and functioning well?”
You can give your kidneys a spring cleaning with these 3 items:

  1. 1. Water. 6 to 8 cups of water will ensure that your blood volume stays high and the active ingredients in your kidney cleanse are rapidly delivered to your kidneys.
  2. 2. Cranberries. 1 to 2 cups of unsweetened cranberry juice or cranberry juice extract will support kidney function and improve the cleansing effect.
  3. 3. Tea. 1 cup of green tea or taking a green tea supplement will also increase the effects of the cleansing process.  If you can get your hands on some milk thistle, this is also known to make an effective cleansing tea.

While you are in the kitchen looking for items to spring clean your kidneys, you may want to toss (or at least cut back on) the salt, red meat, soda, processed foods (like crackers and potato chips), and sugar. Removing these 5 things from your daily diet can drastically reduce your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity which all put you at risk for kidney disease.

Be kind to your kidneys! Visit the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) website to learn more about your kidneys. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney disease, you are at increased risk for kidney disease and should speak with a Valley Healthcare physician. Call our main line at 706-322-9599 and schedule your appointment today.

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