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Taking Care of our Kidneys

Updated on August 27, 2010
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The DIALYSIS MACHINE and its procedure (Photo courtesy of http://www.statcrux.co.uk/)
The DIALYSIS MACHINE and its procedure (Photo courtesy of http://www.statcrux.co.uk/)
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Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday. That’s what our teachers said during our elementary grades. Yet, when we grow up, most of our peers often have kidney problems due to unhealthy lifestyles. Yes, some of our friends indulge in a drinking spree that can result to damaged kidneys that can lead to early death if not taken care of.

Kidneys act as the main waste regulator in the excretory system of our body. Left kidney is larger that right kidney .Luis Limchu Jr., MD, Nephrologist added that controlling to urinate will not affect the normal functioning of the two; unless, you have a defective pair due to your lifestyle .

Avoid fatty and salty foods. Eat food rich in potassium. If you’re uric acid is high, don’t drink too much beer that can cause dehydration that can lead to kidney failure. Those who have polycystic kidneys. Don’t take too much herbal tea that can affect the kidney operation.

Dialysis

When our kidneys are not functioning totally, persons with kidney failure or trouble are often seen undergoing dialysis operation every week.

Dialysis machine consists of an artificial kidney or dialyser which purifies the blood of the patient. There are two colored long tubes attached to the patient, the red one carries the unpurified blood to the machine and it will pass to the dialyser then back to the body through the blue tube. The process took about four hours.

In the United States of America, it is often advised to kidney patients to undergo the process almost everyday, but in the Philippines, an ordinary patient can only afford to go to the clinic once a week. The monthly fee for dialysis is about 30,000 to 50, 000 pesos or 1,200 US dollars.

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Healthy Routine on Kidneys

Since kidney failure is the prevailing problem in the US or even in other parts of the world, we should associate on healthy routine to avoid ending in the dialysis machine before it's too late.

  1. The basic rule is to be kind to our body.
  2. Maintain a sensible, balanced diet.
  3. Do not smoke.
  4. Do not take drugs.
  5. Do not drink too much alcohol.
  6. Drink one and a half to two liters of water a day.
  7. Drink only moderate amounts of tea, coffee and cola because they contain caffeine. This, like alcohol, is a diuretic - which means that it dehydrates the body.
  8. Daily exercise is a must everyday.

If we can follow these reminders, then and only then that we will live a healthy life without having kidney problems.

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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Peg: Thanks, Ms. P! Thanks for the appreciation.BTW, selling of human kidneys are still on the scene. It's still happening here in the Third World countries, like Philippines. Those who are jobless are lured to grab this very sickening scheme.

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      Peg Cole 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Your article is informative and well written. I've always wondered about kidney dialysis. About the selling of organs - that is unthinkable and very disturbing.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      You know sailor, this is the prevailing problem in our country, human organ smuggling. Poor people are forced to sell their kidneys or even liver (the human organ the regenerates) just to escape the harsh conditions of poverty.

      I hope the present administration of P-Noy will do something about it. More and more foreign clients flock our country due to the cheap prices that illegal organ agents are offering with these sick people.

      The scenario is very grim. The government must act decisively before it's too late.

    • thesailor profile image

      thesailor 

      8 years ago from Seven Seas

      More and more Filipinos belonging to the poverty line are lured to sell their kidneys to alleviate their situation. The government should impose laws that will protect the people.

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