World Kidney Day - 14th March 2019
World Kidney Day
14th March 2019
Your kidneys play a vital part in bodily function. They get rid of excess water and toxins, regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells and keep bones strong. Every day your kidneys filter around 180 litres of blood.
Dan Magrill, Consultant Urologist, explains ‘World Kidney Day is an important campaign focusing on promoting awareness and encouraging good kidney health.’ Various conditions affect the kidneys and with 1 in 11 people getting stone symptoms in their lifetime, we ask Dan for tips to prevent kidney stones.
Drink plenty of water - A healthy fluid intake helps flush out toxins, can reduce the risk of kidney stones and has numerous benefits for urological health. Keep hydrated, especially when engaging in activities that cause sweating. It’s best to drink throughout the day, rather than periods of dehydration to drinking lots.
Another tip is adding lemon juice to drinks, this increases the number of natural stone inhibitors in your urine.
Don’t restrict your calcium intake, studies show that a normal calcium intake protects you from stone formation; a low calcium diet can increase your chance of stone formation.
Foods linked to kidney stones include artificial sweeteners, acidic food and drinks and spicy foods. Most people aren’t aware that animal proteins can increase your risk of stones and are acidic. If you’re prone to kidney stones, avoid oxalate-rich foods. Foods that are reasonably high in oxalate should be taken in moderation. Avoid tinned, packet or processed foods which have a high salt content.
Mr Dan Magrill is Consultant Urological Surgeon for Western Sussex Hospital Foundation Trust, based at St Richards Hospital and privately at The Chichester Health Nuffield Hospital.
To find out more about World Kidney Day visit: www.worldkidneyday.org