The A-Z of Patient Care - K is for Kidneys

Emulating their core functions, we’ve filtered the web for top tips on improving your kidney health. There’s no time to waste! Get yourself a glass of water (you’ll find out why) and start get reading …

Earlier this year, amongst much speculation the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump underwent treatment for a benign kidney condition. Rumours flew around about the exact nature of what Mrs. Trump was being treated for, it turns out it was her kidneys.

Let’s get back to basics...

So, what do our kidneys actually do? By removing waste, they control the body's fluid balance - all of the blood in your body passes through them several times a day! The filtered blood goes back into the body and the waste fluid gets turned into urine. If you’re sat there thinking, what’ the problem, you can survive with just one kidney, right? Well you’ll soon see that despite their size your kidneys play a fundamental role to our health. Here's the facts courtesy of Kidney Research UK

So here’s where that glass of water comes in. To help you improve and maintain a healthy kidney function, we’ve got five simple lifestyle steps to follow, as recommended by the NHS:

   

1. Stay Hydrated by drinking plenty of water

Keeping your urine diluted helps to stop waste products getting too concentrated, keeping your kidneys functioning properly and reducing the risk of forming stones. Carry water with you - this is particularly relevant as we enter summertime in the Northern hemisphere

 

2. Try to eat a balanced diet

Those who eat a high-protein, low-fibre diet are at higher risk of developing some forms of kidney stones. Another reason to aim for a balanced diet that ensures you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs!

 

3. Get your blood pressure checked regularly

Quick, free, and painless … what’s not to love? High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of kidney disease. You can get a simple blood pressure check free of charge at your GP surgery and many high street pharmacies.

 

4. Quit smoking, and try to drink less alcohol

Now if you were thinking that the tonic in your G&T counted in keeping you hydrated … we might be the bearer of bad news here. Drinking too much alcohol and smoking both raise your blood pressure. If you’re keen to quit, try this handy app from NHS (don’t forget to add the App!).

 

5. Aim to keep a healthy BMI

150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking, cycling or swimming each week can help you lose weight, significantly lowering your blood pressure and risk of kidney problems. You can check your BMI using this online calculator!

 

Inspired by these mighty organs, the kidney dish or ‘emesis basin’ ergonomically efficiently mimics the contours of the body, allowing it to be held against the patient's body to catch any falling fluids or debris.

 

Ideal for holding a variety of medical items including dressings, wipes or surgical instruments, our disposable pulp kidney dishes are a celebrated part of the Vernacare single-use system, which reduces the risk of cross-infection.

 

Put simply, would you rather a kidney dish that has been washed hundreds of times, or a pulp kidney dish that can be disposed of safely once used with no risk of infection? It’s these little things, like our kidneys themselves, that make small but significant changes to our overall well-being.

 

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