elder care providers to encourage kidney health.
The kidneys are often referred to as sophisticated trash collectors. About 40 gallons of blood are filtered by the kidneys daily, sifting out approximately 2 quarts of waste and extra water that the body doesn’t need. The extra water and waste become urine and flow to the bladder where it is stored until you go to the bathroom. Urine should be a straw color or lighter. If it appears darker than that, it could be a sign of dehydration.">

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Encourage Kidney Health for Elder Care

Posted: 7/2/2014 10:51 AM by Interim HealthCare
When we consider the process of getting older, we sometimes forget what a vital role our kidneys play in our overall health. The bean-shaped organs, known as the kidneys, are responsible for removing toxins from our system. Many times people are unaware that their kidneys are not functioning properly because symptoms don’t show up right away. Therefore, it is important for elder care providers to encourage kidney health.
The kidneys are often referred to as sophisticated trash collectors. About 40 gallons of blood are filtered by the kidneys daily, sifting out approximately 2 quarts of waste and extra water that the body doesn’t need. The extra water and waste become urine and flow to the bladder where it is stored until you go to the bathroom. Urine should be a straw color or lighter. If it appears darker than that, it could be a sign of dehydration.

Because the signs of kidney disease or malfunction don’t appear immediately, caregivers should talk to their loved one’s health care provider to make sure their kidneys are in proper working order. While you can ask your loved one, they may not know that their kidneys aren’t functioning properly unless it has already been pointed out to them.

Your lifestyle can have a great effect on how your kidneys perform. The following are five simple ways to keep your kidneys in good shape:

1.      A healthy diet – A balanced diet ensures that your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Avoid salty and fatty foods.

2.      Stay hydrated – Be sure to drink plenty of water, especially on those hot summer days or when engaging in activities that cause you to sweat. Urine color is a good indication as to whether or not you are properly hydrated.

3.      Keep an eye on your blood pressure – High blood pressure can increase your risk of kidney problems.

4.      Watch your weight – Being overweight can raise your blood pressure which puts you at a higher risk for kidney disease. Being active and eating right is a good way to maintain a healthy weight.

5.      Don’t smoke or consume too much alcohol – For those who smoke or consume high amounts of alcohol, the kidneys have to work harder to expel the toxins from the blood.

The best way for elder care providers to encourage kidney health is to promote a healthy lifestyle. Make sure the elder gets their regular checkups and don’t be afraid to speak to the physician about any questions or concerns you may have.

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