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7 Simple Diet Tips for Healthy Kidneys

Today is World Kidney Day, and to raise awareness for healthful things to do for your kidneys, is offering up seven simple diet tips that include, among other things, reducing salt intake, drinking plenty of water, eating fresh fruits and veggies to your diet and keeping your weight down.

When it comes to eating, a five-year study found that one of the best things you can do for your kidneys is to eat three or four servings of vegetables and fruits daily. Not only can they help you regain your health, but also may help save you money on medical costs, including medication.

In fact, eating healthy fruits and vegetables could help cut your drug costs by as much as 50 percent. What may be surprising is that changing the way you eat not only helps your kidneys, but directly helps your heart: High blood pressure is the second-highest cause of kidney failure, but clean foods combined with regular aerobic and resistance (strength) training exercises can lower high blood pressure readings dramatically.

Also surprising may be the fact that an Italian study found that reducing your protein intake can also help prevent kidney failure. Most Americans consume three to five times more protein than they need — when about one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass is sufficient. 

Fructose also should only be eaten in small amounts — about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons — per day (in spite of the fact that the American Kidney Fund allows for as much as 40 to 50 grams).
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