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Food for your kidneys
Increasing your awareness on urology
For people with kidney ailments, eating healthy is tricky. However, it is definitely possible to maintain a wholesome diet with these vegetables on the menu: • Red bell pepper. These peppers are low in potassium and high in flavour. The tasty vegetables are also an excellent source of vitamin C, A, and B6, as well as folic acid and fibre. • Garlic. Roast a head of garlic or just chop it and add it to your dish. Garlic goes a long way in promoting renal health. • Onion. For people on a healthy-kidney diet looking to add more flavour to food, use any variety of onion that you can find – they are all good for you! • Apples. Bake them, smoke them, stew them, or eat them raw. Apples always emerge as winners when it comes to favourite renal-care foods.
Food to stay off While monitoring your healthy-kidney diet, it is essential to know the different foods to stay away from too! Here is a list of items that you need to ban from your kitchen if you suffer from chronic kidney ailments: • Ice cream, chocolate, and cola; • Beer and most alcoholic beverages; • Coffee or any other caffeine-rich beverage; • Oranges, potatoes, and bananas; • Processed and salt-rich food; • Most nuts and nut butters.
Risk factors More often than not, an unhealthy lifestyle leads to kidney ailments. However, there are certain other factors that increase the chances of a person suffering from kidney-related conditions. These include: • High blood pressure. This is the second most prominent factor that causes kidney failure. It damages the tiny filters in your kidneys, resulting in kidney disease and failure. • Diabetes. The kidneys help excrete toxins from the body. However, in case of diabetics, high blood sugar levels damage the delicate structure of the kidneys. • Age. Those over the age of 55 are more vulnerable to suffering from diseases related to the kidney.
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• A family history. If your parents or near kin have suffered from a kidney ailment, there are chances that you will too. However, this can be prevented with regular check-ups and by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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Cheers On a cold winter evening, when the chill has just set in, it helps to take the rustic route and sip a bowl of leek soup. After all, leeks are rich in vitamin C and help ward off a cold. Leeks belong to the same family as garlic and onion. With their high flavonoid kaempferol content, leeks keep the blood vessel lining of your heart in excellent condition. Vitamin B folate and antioxidant polyphenolsis are other compounds in leeks that promote heart health. Leeks also help overcome ailments such as cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes (type-2), high blood pressure, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and allergic airway inflammation.
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