Prevention of kidney and urinary tract conditions
The following guidelines are helpful in the Prevention of kidney and urinary tract conditions:-
Start your day by emptying your bladder. After some time drink a large glass of boiled or filtered water. Adding lemon drops will be more beneficial, because it not only aids in digestion, it is also good for kidneys. Never suppress the urge for urination. The practice of suppressing urination will result into infection. This is one way of cleaning your urinary track clean through internal means. Plenty of water intakes throughout the day and every day will help you maintain good urinary track and avoid kidney damage. But never force yourself. Always try to take room-warm or light-warm water, better avoid ice-cold drinks.
Empty your bladder again at the end of the day, before you go to bed. This will keep your body healthier by holding smallest amount of urine during night.
Practice of personal-hygiene is always beneficial. The reason is more you take care of your urinary tract the more you can avoid bacterial infections. By keeping the genital area dry and clean your practice of keeping bacterial infection away through external means will be upheld.
Never forget to wash before and after intercourse. Women must completely empty their bladder before and after the intercourse. The tube from the bladder (Urethra) of women is shorter and very close to anus. So bacteria can easily travel to the areas.
Thorough washing the genitals from front to back is always advisable for women. Underwear must be changed and cleaned as often as possible. However, soap must not be used by women for cleaning genital areas. Soap can damage vagina’s delicate pH-balance
Diabetic patients must keep their sugar level in control. Regular check-up and medication will help in keeping the blood sugar level not to rise. High blood sugar is the prime cause of kidney damage.
Take care of medication, including sleeping pills. Your doctor can well judge your body condition and medicinal effects on your body. Never take any medicine without consulting your doctor. Even over-the-counter medicines may not suit you, if it suits your family members or your friends. Some medicines are really harmful for your kidneys’ health. So possible alternatives are well judged by a competent doctor.
^^ Take plenty of fruit juices both sour and sweet such as pineapple, lime, grape, orange, apple etc. Other diluted vegetable juices (specially, celery, parsley, wheat grass), herbal tea, carrot juice, water with lemon juice are very good for your kidneys’ health.
^^ Keep yourself away from sugar, meat, dairy products, sweetened food, processed food with added chemicals and wheat products.
^^ Salted food and salt are also not good for you. Those, who take too much of salty food, will damage or at least weaken their kidneys. This will be worsening the kidneys’ controlling capacity of water retention and blood pressure.
^^ Polyunsaturated oil, coffee, alcohol, margarine, soft drinks, nicotine, tea (unless herbal tea) all work against your body system. A continued intake means welcoming all the problems for your kidneys.
^^ Tea, coffee and alcohol dehydrates your body; so naturally, they adversely affect your kidney’s normal functioning.
^^ Foods like strawberries, chocolate, rhubarb, spinach, wheat bran, tea, nuts and beets are the agents for raising oxalane levels in your urine. So be moderate with them and keep them as your casual choices only, not as your regular love.
^^ You must love to take fruits like papayas, bananas, watermelons, pomegranates, apples, grapes etc.
^^ Your loved vegetables must be garlic, potatoes, kidney beans (soaked), asparagus, celery, cucumbers, parsley, watercress, pumpkin, legumes, green vegetables, soy beans and sprouts
^^ What you must take in plenty are—whole grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables
^^ Those suffering from acute cystitis must drink plenty of fluids, specially boiled or filtered water. The quantity must not be less than 8 to 10 full glasses “per day and every day”.
^^ Blueberry or cranberry juices are good for these patients. The patients with urinary tract infection will be more beneficial from this because these juices are well known for treating tract infection. Recent studies have proved that cranberry juices have polymer which has adherence of E coli cells with those cells which are lining with the bladder. By this way, urinary infections can be prevented.
But while buying cranberry juice, don’t buy the sweetened ones; it must be as pure in form even capsule form will be better to help you in keeping your (internal) good health-- instead of keeping your (external) taste buds intact.
^^ You can get powerful anti-oxidants that belong to flavonoid family from blue berries. These berries are akin to the cranberries, which are good for treating tract infections.
^^ Never suppress the urge to go for urinating. Keep your bladder always completely empty.
^^ Completely emptying your bladder as soon as possible after sexual intercourse must be a habit. Washing your genitals (as external means) will also be the part of affair in the post intercourse moments, so that bacteria may not travel to your urethra. Drink as much of water to flush out bacteria (as internal means) from within your body.
^^ All the above mentioned dietary tips are very much important for avoiding urinary tract problems.
If you keep your kidneys clean and healthy, you will help your body to maintain overall health. Otherwise of it, if your kidneys are sluggish you may inch towards mild to severe health problem. Make habit of drinking as much water and fluids as possible. The quantity of water must not be less than 1 and ½ litre of water every day (without fail or any excuse). Cranberry juice is a very good source for you to flush out the kidneys and also for protecting your urinary tract from different infections. Eat only those foods which are (above mentioned) good for your health, especially for your kidneys. Take as much seasonal fruits and vegetables as possible.
Regular physical exercises will be the boon for your health, especially for maintaining your blood pressure. 30 minutes of regular walk is adequate for any adult. Walking, in regular way, may keep you in remaining away from many blood pressure related diseases, especially diabetes.
If you regularly walk and practice some exercises you can surely avoid high blood pressure, by this way you can surely avoid your kidney infection or kidney functioning problems. But never conclude that only a healthy lifestyle is going to get you rid of kidney problems. The example is, if you have diabetes or dehydration or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), heart attack, shock, stress, congestive heart failure etc. you are likely to be the candidate for kidney damage or even kidney failure.
In case the damage is severe you need to follow the above guide lines.
Any medical procedure that might have impaired your daily life, your doctor will rightly guide you. Never ignore or compromise the guidelines of your physicians.
Dialysis may be a life-saving procedure, but some sorts of side-effects or risks are also made known to you, in the above.
Your life is invaluable; always enjoy your life without neglecting even the simplest symptoms. Good health means eternal peace of mind---smile the living the life, and influence as well educate others to smile like you & with you.