Keeping Heart and Kidneys Healthy

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 06, 2015

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The heart and kidneys are our body’s powerhouses. These help pump blood, filter waste and perform many other vital functions. If you take care of your heart and kidneys, your body will give you a heartfelt thank you. Otherwise, there could be a lot of trouble for you!
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    Protect your Heart and Kidneys

    The heart and kidneys are our body’s powerhouses. These help to pump blood, filter waste and perform many other vital functions. If you take care of your heart and kidneys, your body will give you a heartfelt thank you. Otherwise, there could be a lot of trouble for you!

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    Eat More Fibre

    Studies have provided scientific evidence stating that those who eat more fibre tend to have a lower risk of heart and kidney diseases. Eat more legumes, fruits and vegetables to get more fibre and cut the risk.

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    Reduce Sodium

    Watch your salt intake; too much sodium can cause the body to retain excess fluid., which can lead to high blood pressure and other serious health risks such as stroke, heart and kidney disease.

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    Up the Intake of Vegetables and Fruits

    Vegetables and fruits are not only low in fat and sodium but they are also high in fibre. Include a serving of whole fruit at breakfast and lunch to cut down the risk of heart and kidney diseases. You may also use raw veggies and a mix of fruits for snacking.

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    Limit Saturated and Trans fats

    Eating too much of these types of fats increases your risk of high blood pressure, cholesterol, particularly the “bad” LDL kind. Bad LDL is tied to many kidney and heart-related conditions. Take a look at the nutrition facts at the rear of a product display for saturated and trans fat content.

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    Lean Meats and Low-fat Dairy

    Try to cut down on consumption of meat foods and choose low-fat dairy products. Don’t get temped by processed meat recipes such as ham. These are not easily indigestible, but also high in sodium and low in fibre.

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    Exercise Regularly

    Your kidneys work great when you exercise and so does your heart. Daily exercise is necessary to keep your heart and kidneys functioning at their best. Moreover, it keeps a control on your blood pressure and lowers blood sugar. Make time to get active (at least 30 minutes) daily.

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    Stay Well-hydrated

    You have to drink plenty of water to help your kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body. Likewise, plenty of water is also necessary for your heart. According to the American Heart Association, staying hydrated is critical for your heart's health.

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