The World Loves Your Kidneys and You Should Too!

kidney dayAn important day is approaching quickly. We know what you’re thinking, and no, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day or Easter quite yet. It’s World Kidney Day! World Kidney Day is March 10, 2016. In honor of World Kidney Day, we’ve gathered some information on why you should care about your kidneys.

Your kidneys are pretty important.

Although you probably don’t think about them quite often, your kidneys are extremely important.

They help keep us healthy!

Your kidneys are two fist-shaped organs located below the rib cage.1

They are responsible for removing waste from your blood, controlling your body’s chemical balance, controlling your blood pressure, keeping your bones healthy and helping your body make red blood cells.1

Give your kidneys some TLC.

Because kidneys are essential to our well being, it’s important to give them the attention they deserve.

The World Kidney Day website lists “8 Golden Rules” for keeping your kidneys healthy:

  1. Keep fit and active.
  2. Keep regular control of your blood sugar level.
  3. Monitor your blood pressure.
  4. Eat healthy and keep your weight in check.
  5. Pay attention to your salt intake.
  6. Maintain a healthy fluid intake.
  7. Don’t smoke.
  8. Don’t take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis.2

These rules are pretty painless to follow and will make your kidneys happy!

Not taking care of your kidneys is dangerous.

When you don’t properly take care of your kidneys, they can become damaged. When this happens they cannot properly perform the functions they are supposed to.

Damage to your kidneys can lead to kidney disease, which affects approximately 26 million American adults.3

Kidney disease can lead to kidney failure, along with a multitude of other health-related problems.

It’s important to know the symptoms of kidney disease.

According to Healthline, kidney disease often goes unnoticed until symptoms become severe.

Here are some early warning signs for potential kidney disease:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Poor appetite
  • Muscle cramping
  • Swollen feet/ankles
  • Puffiness around the eyes in the morning
  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Frequent urination, especially late at night3

Keep these early warning signs in mind, and talk to your doctor about the risks of kidney disease.

When you think about it, your kidneys are pretty awesome, and your body relies heavily on them. Taking good care of your kidneys means taking good care of your entire body!

What do you do to take care of your kidneys and your body? Tell us in the comments below!


SOURCES

  1. http://www.worldkidneyday.org/faqs/your-kidneys/
  2. http://www.worldkidneyday.org/faqs/take-care-of-your-kidneys/8-golden-rules/
  3. http://www.healthline.com/health/kidney-disease#Overview1