We are told over and over to eat right and live healthy. It is true that a lot people have learnt to eat right for purpose of weight loss and looking good.
Today, I want you … yes you to search yourself , do a deep search and be honest to your self and ask the question , Is my diet Kidney friendly?
Another question you should ask yourself is have I replace drink water with all sorts of fizzy drinks?That answer is for you and if you haven’t been nice to yourself , take up the challenge , start afresh , start eating right and live healthy.
Here are some guidelines to Making Your Diet “Kidney Friendly”
Water , Water , Water ! You have to drink enough water everyday. There are so many write ups on the quantity of water you should drink in a day. I have learnt to drink 3litres of water a day. You can start from 1.5Litres a day. I am sure Daniel 1:12 – 16 can guide you on this tip to make your diet healthy (I see your face and I know the question so yes I am sending you to read the Bible .You can thank me in the comment box after reading your Bible …lol
Avoid Processed Sweets : Instead of having processed sweets which can be high in sugar , sodium, carbohydrates and calories , opt for fruits as snacks or desserts. Fortunately we live in a country that has so much to offer in terms of natural fruits and vegetables, you just need to create time and make some nice fruit salad combos for yourself and your family don’t be like the sluggard in Proverbs 19:24.
Commit to whole grains – stay away from refined products : whether it was s bread, cereals, rice,or pasta , whole grain are a good source of fiber and can be found in most markets and supermarkets. Fibers can reduce cholesterol and may lower the risk of heart disease. Whole grains make you fuller with few calories which can therefore help with weight control. Examples of whole grain products include wheat bread and pasta, brown rice, oats, and bran
Reduce the amount of salt you consume.
Limit dairy fat , go for lower fat varieties.
For constant updates on Kidney Healthy Diets always visit the Iya Foundation Website www.theiyafoundation.org
This Month of March is Kidney Disease Awareness Month and in support of my girl Iya Bekondo of the Iya Foundation which is aimed at fighting the kidney disease by educating and raising awareness that will encourage early detection and subsequently delay or prevent complete renal failure.
Iya works ceaselessly to create awareness about the kidney disease because this her story and today she is alive after receiving a lifesaving kidney transplant donated by her mother.
I will not only wear green this year I will take out time to share on my blog what I have learnt from taking part in this awareness campaign over the years. Last Year a host of Ladies came together and we had a Talk on Kidney Awareness : on what to eat, on what to subtract from our diets, our symptoms.
My Biology wasn’t good but I will like to start from the definition and function of the kidney(s): The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that extract waste from blood, balance body fluids, form urine, and aid in other important functions of the body. They reside against the back muscles in the upper abdominal cavity. They sit opposite each other on either side of the spine. The right kidney sits a little bit lower than the left to accommodate the liver. Some of their core actions include waste excretion, water level balancing, blood pressure regulation, red blood cell regulation & acid regulation.
It is said health is wealth so let us start by taking up responsibility to stay healthy and cut off from habits that damage the kidneys.
COMMON HABITS THAT DAMAGE THE KIDNEYS
1.Not drinking enough water : We have ignorantly reduced our water intake and replaced it with all sorts of fizzy drinks which is damaging our kidneys
2.Consuming too much salt. Start by reducing the amount of salt in your diet and gradually substract it completely.
3.Not emptying your bladder early. When nature calls you to pay your waterbill please do it without delay, you will be saving yourself from so much trouble.
4.Not treating common infections quickly and properly.
5.Consuming too much protein . ‘Soya eaters ‘ yes you , try and reduce it and every othe protein you have been taking in excess, behind closed door. God is not the only person watching here , your health too is watching !
6.Painkiller Abuse. We live in a country where we can buy so many painkillers off the counter.
7.Seek medical counsel before taking painkillers.
8.Drinking too much alcohol. This one!!! The `’esolas’ (those who drink in excess) always have an excuse and they will nonchalantly say ’something must kill a man’. We all will die someday but if you keep drink in excess you are not different from the man who ties a rope around his neck … yes oh! I said so.
9.Not resting enough. God knew why he created time for resting so start getting some sleep
10.Not managing your diabetes or high blood pressure.
We learn every day and am sure it is not so hard to love and do yourself some just justice.
Start today and enjoy the change that comes with it.