National Kidney Month is the perfect time to bring awareness to kidney health. Did you know nine out of 10 people who have kidney disease don’t know that they have it? This March, take action to protect your kidneys by doing these three simple things:
Limit Processed Food Intake
Processed foods are a significant source of sodium, phosphorus and are typically high in unhealthy fats. Studies have shown that high phosphorus intake from processed foods may be harmful to kidneys and bones. Instead of eating low-quality junk foods, try incorporating blueberries, egg whites and cauliflower into your diet for healthy functioning kidneys.
Maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle strength and maintaining physical endurance are all important factors when it comes to your kidneys’ health. Walking, riding a bicycle, doing household chores and even working in the garden are all effective ways to ensure you are getting at least 30 minutes of exercise each day to keep your kidneys in tip-top shape.
Kidney disease is more commonly associated with people who have a family history of the ailment or those who are over 60 years old. If kidney disease is found and treated early, you can help slow or even stop it from getting worse. Most people with early kidney disease do not have symptoms. That is why it is important to be tested. If you are experiencing any symptoms — puffy eyes, swollen face, hands abdomen or ankles, blood in your urine or increased thirst — schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately.
Make your kidney health a priority this month by incorporating these three simple tips into your routine. Chronic disease and preventative screenings are covered within the 10 Essential Health Benefits in your health insurance plan. If you currently do not have health insurance, you may have a life event that could make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period.