As you read through the entries I post in this blog, you may be wondering how to prevent kidney disease. I searched some tips online and found below article very true. Reading through the tips, I can say that my mother is guilty of Tips # 2, 4, 5, 8, 9. I think the same thing goes to most Filipinos.

Kidney problems also run in the family. Hence, I should take more caution.


Five people out of every 100 develop a kidney stone sometime in their life. The odds are even higher for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The health of our kidneys is vitally important to the overall condition of our health as well as the longevity of our lives.

The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located on either side of the lower back, just below the rib cage. Their function in the body is to remove waste products from the blood and regulate the amount of fluid in the body.

When your kidneys become overloaded with toxins, diseases of the kidneys and bladder can happen as you are unable to discharge the waste and urine from your body. People most at risk of developing CKD are those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease. Men usually have a higher risk for developing chronic kidney disease than women. Here are the signs and symptoms of an ailing kidney problem.

  • Need to urinate more frequently or problem controlling urination.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Pain or a burning sensation during urination.
  • Edema ( a.k.a water holding) in the lungs, legs, abdomen, etc.
  • Swelling around the face, eyes, feet and ankles.
  • Blood in the urine.

If your kidneys are normal, they don’t require exceptional care. A healthy, balanced diet and adequate water are enough to maintain kidneys running well. However, if you feel that you are facing the above symptoms, then you should use the following tips for good maintenance of your kidneys:

  1. Watch your blood pressure and blood sugar: Two of the leading causes of kidney diseases are diabetes and high blood pressure. Over time, the excessive amount of glucose in the blood damages the millions of tiny filtering units within each kidney. Around 20-30 percent of people with diabetes develop kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy) with the risk increasing as the length of the time the person has diabetes increases. High blood pressure can damage the small blood vessels in the kidneys. These damaged vessels cannot filter wastes from the blood as they are supposed to. The number one way to prevent kidney damage is to keep blood sugar levels and blood pressure as close to normal as possible.
  2. Eat a balanced diet: The key to a healthy kidney diet is to increase consumption of plant based foods while reducing consumption of refined and oily (fried) foods. A vegetable/fruit-based diet allows the body system to alkalinize via the kidneys, lowering blood pressure, and contributing to a sense of well-being. Moderate your consumption of peanuts, wheat germ, beets, spinach, soybean, chocolate and sweet potatoes as they are rich in oxalate which can lead to kidney stones.
  3. Reduce meat consumption: A diet high in animal protein predisposes you to the formation of calcium stones. Meat generates uric acid after it processed by the body. Uric acid is the basic problem for uric acid stone formation and gout.
  4. Decrease salt intake: Excess salt leads to abnormal calcium build-ups in the blood which in turn, produces kidney stones. Sodium in the salt may also raise your blood pressure, so people with CKD should limit foods that contain high levels of sodium. Your sodium intake should be moderate, and try to get pure sea salt instead of regular table salt.
  5. Drink water: Another key aspect of kidney heath is adequate consumption of water. Water helps your kidneys to flush out the toxins and prevents occurrence of kidney stones and infections. A whole lot of water is not necessarily good for the kidneys, and it is always better to drink small amounts of water throughout the day.
  6. Avoid smoking: If you smoke, you truly must attempt to discontinue. Smoking not only increases the risk of kidney disease, but it also contributes to deaths from strokes and heart attacks in people with CKD.
  7. Avoid alcohol: Drinking too much alcohol means your kidneys have to work harder to remove toxins from your blood. Limit yourself to two small drinks a day for a man and one small drink a day for a woman.
  8. Reduce caffeine: Caffeine acts as a diuretic which causes the body to lose fluids excessively. Being dehydrated results in your kidneys having to work harder to pump out fluid and toxins putting excessive and unnecessary pressure on them. If you want to cut down on caffeine with kidney stones, you might try decaffeinated green tea.
  9. Live a more active life: Physical exercise is an important element of optimum kidney health. Being active is great for kidney health as with your overall wellbeing. However, try to avoid strenuous exercise if you are already facing kidney problems. Light yoga, walking, gardening are all excellent means to stimulate your body metabolism.