There's No Better Place Than ColoradoEverybody here knows that Colorado often flirts with the title of 'The Fittest State' or 'One of the Best Places to Retire', and everybody knows why. If you don't, just look West or eavesdrop on any given conversation at the micro-brewery tasting room. Even people who've hiked Mt. Bierstadt once or twice don't consider themselves to be that athletic but the truth of the matter is, when compared to the rest of the country, they are. Don't believe me? You haven't been back home to visit your family in Wisconsin in a while. And all this health craze is a great way to prevent many diseases including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). So, with that said, here are some Colorado-resident approved tips to fend off CKD!
Quit SmokingYou've heard over and over how quitting smoking will benefit your health, so it's no surprise it's good to quit for the sake of your kidneys. Smoking can damage blood vessels decreasing blood flow to the kidneys, increase your blood pressure, and increase the risk of kidney cancer.
Exercise RegularlyTake a hike, walk around the park, play a pick-up game of basketball, regular physical activity can help your blood pressure and stave off weight gain. However, if you already suffer from CKD consult your doctor before taking that hike. Overexertion can actually have negative effects on your kidney health.
Eat HealthyAlthough your kidneys can handle a range of dietary preferences, maintaining a healthy body weight and blood pressure are vital to your kidney health. That means eating your fruits, vegetables, and whole grains on a daily basis, and limiting your sugar and salt.
Use Caution with SupplementsExcessive supplement use or herbal extracts can sometimes damage your kidneys. Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements, vitamins, or herbs.
Stay HydratedStaying hydrated is good for many different reasons and kidney health is one of them. Stick to the 4 to 6 glass per day recommendation. If you can drink four beers, we know you can drink four glasses of water.
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