Here are some tips about how to keep healthy and reduce the risk of getting kidney disease. If you already have sick kidneys, you can slow down the disease by taking these steps.
Smoking or chewing tobacco or using ash is a sure way to increase your risk of kidney disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start! If you do, ask your health clinic to put you on a quit program to help you stop.
When you are thirsty, drink water. It costs nothing and has no calories, and while it’s fixing your thirst it’s also cleaning your body on the inside.
Drink less alcohol
Even better, don’t drink alcohol at all. Too much can give you heart disease and high blood pressure, increasing your risk of getting sick kidneys.
Say no to sugary drinks
Sugary soft drinks and some fruit juices can make you put on weight quickly and are bad for your kidneys. Check the label before you buy.
Eat more fresh foods
Natural foods like fresh fruit and vegetables and bush tucker are the healthiest. You’ll have more energy to enjoy life, and they taste good too.
Avoid foods high in sugar, salt and fat
Choose foods with the lowest sugar, salt and saturated fats. It helps keep your weight down and that means it’s good for your kidneys.
Use herbs to flavour your food
Herbs are much healthier than salt, which is very bad for your blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage your heart and kidneys.
Visit your health clinic
At your health clinic there’s a team of medical experts who are there to help you stay healthy. Ask them how you can keep your kidneys stronger longer.
You can also phone our Kidney Health Information Service on freecall 1800 454 363 or email email@example.com.
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