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Tips to keep your kidneys healthy

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs that lie on the posterior aspect of the abdominal cavity. They function to clear waste products of metabolism and regulate the concentrations of many constituents of body fluids. In functional units of the kidney called nephrons, blood undergoes ultrafiltration and reabsorption.

Below is a list of 5 tips to keep your kidneys healthy.

1. Stay active. According to Health Canada, seniors should take part in a minimum of 2.5 hours of aerobic activity per week. Additionally, try taking part in bone and muscle strengthening exercises at least two times each week.

2. Stay hydrated. Eight glasses a day is a general recommendation that health experts make. How much water you need depends on your diet, location, activity level, health, and environment.

3. Reduce your salt intake. Seniors should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. This is because there is a link between high sodium levels and risk factors for reduced kidney function.

4. Control your blood pressure. The second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States is high blood pressure. The constriction or narrowing of blood vessels reduces blood flow to the kidneys and causes damage.

5. Be careful about the use of over-the-counter medications. Regularly taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for headaches, chronic pain, or arthritis can cause kidney damage.

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This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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