Celebrate World Kidney Day By Trying These 6 Foods That Protect Yours

Celebrate World Kidney Day By Trying These 6 Foods That Protect Yours
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World Kidney Day is celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March with an aim to raise awareness about the importance and functions of kidneys. Healthy kidneys are essential for a healthy life. In our body, the kidneys filter waste products from the blood and excrete them in our urine. It also helps in maintaining a proper balance of body fluids and electrolytes.

In this article, we will talk about six foods that can help keep your kidneys healthy.

  1. Cranberries have been shown to slow down the progression of chronic kidney disease. This is because they contain antioxidants which can help to protect against oxidative stress which can lead to inflammation. Some research has shown that cranberries may also be able to lower cholesterol levels as well as reduce urinary tract infections.
  2. Blueberries: Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties which help boost kidney health. They also contain potassium which helps control blood pressure and prevent high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease ā€“ all common causes of kidney damage.
  3. Garlic: Garlic contains antioxidants which help reduce inflammation in the kidneys and helps fight against UTI by preventing bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls.
  4. Green vegetables: Green vegetables such as spinach, lettuce and broccoli are rich in vitamin A- and K which helps fight inflammation linked with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
  5. Apples: Apples are rich in pectin which is a dietary fibre known to lower serum cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation which may improve kidney function. Apples may also help prevent calcium oxalate stone formation associated with CKD.
  6. Onion: Onions are a good source of chromium, which plays an important role in helping insulin metabolise fat, turn protein into muscle, and convert sugar into energy. Onions also have antioxidants that help prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals.

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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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