March is National Kidney Month, a great time to remind us of the importance of these two, fist-sized organs that are so vital to our health.
Here are some resources from the National Kidney Foundation that can help you keep your kidneys healthy:
Kidneys are important because they:
- Filter blood
- Keep the right amount of fluids in the body
- Help make red blood cells
- Help keep blood pressure under control
Risk factors for kidney disease include:
- High blood pressure
- Being 60 years or older
- Having a family member with kidney disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure
- Being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, or Alaska Native
Some ways to protect kidneys are:
- Keep blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control
- Lose weight, if needed
- Eat healthy meals
- Take all medicines as prescribed
- Get regular exercise
- Don’t smoke
- Limit alcohol
- Avoid some over-the-counter medicines (such as aspirin, naxoproxin, or ibuprofen) because they can harm kidneys
Today’s Word of the Day is: gadzookery, a noun that means using archaisms or older phrases in your speech.
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