Come summers and the heat strokes and dehydration hit you so hard that you disapprove of the season altogether! While these are a few common conditions, what you must watch-out for are renal diseases caused due to them. Renal diseases are the diseases caused due to infection or malfunction of the kidneys.
Function of the kidneys Kidneys maintain the overall fluid balance of your body by regulating and filtering minerals and waste materials from food, medications and toxic substances from the blood. For all these functions, the kidneys need a lot of fluid to help the body detox and flush out all infections.
Where do we go wrong and what can be done for it? In our day to day chaotic life we tend to forget to take care of the little things that are most essential for our body and end up falling sick. This summer keep your kidneys healthy and your body fit by following these simple things listed below. Following kidney problems are aggrevated during summer. 1.Renal Stones and their complications. 2.Acute Kidney Failure due to Dehydration 3.Renal impairment due to Systemic Viral illnesses.
How can we prevent these problems?
- Maintain a healthy fluid intake
We get so busy at home or at work that we forget to drink sufficient water. Consuming insufficient water leads to infection of the urinary tract causing a lot of trouble while urinating. If you do not urinate well, there is no flushing out taking place causing the infection to grow into a chronic kidney disease and kidney stones. Traditional wisdom has long suggested drinking 1.5 to 2 litres of water per day is the best way to keep infection away. Fresh fruit juices and buttermilk also could prove to be very helpful to keep your vitals in check during summers.
- Avoid Heat and Protect self from Heat – Try and keep to the shade during the day to avoid dehydration.
- Avoid over-the-counter pills on a regular basis – Just because, you experience pain at some point, don’t just pop pills. Let it go naturally. Excessive pills can jeopardize the functioning of the kidney.
We believe indigestion, bodyache, slight fever, heat stroke etc does not require us to visit the doctor. We become our own doctors by taking common drugs such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen. These drugs are known to cause kidney damage if taken regularly without consulting a physician.
- Avoid caffeine
Cut down on the intake of caffeine as it leaves you dehydrated even though you think you are taking in liquids. Eat vegetables and fruits that are rich in water and nutrients like watermelon, muskmelon, cucumber etc. Eat a lot of salads to keep your body cool.
Hydrate well during and after exercise.
The Nephrology Division of Sunshine Centre of Renal Sciences has a team of extensively experienced doctors, proficient in treating the whole spectrum of disorders related to the urinary tract. You might want to get a kidney function check up done if you find one or more of the ‘high risk’ factors listed below:
- Kidney disease history in the family
- Kidney stone disease
- Pre-existing kidney disease
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About the Doctor:
Dr. Archana is a Consultant Nephrologist, working at Sunshine Hospital, Gachibowli. She is a qualified Nephrologist with an experience of more than 8 years. She is trained in the management of various kidney diseases and performs verious procedures like dialysis access, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, kidney biopsy, renal transplantation etc. Critical-care nephrology and delaying the progress of CKD are her areas of interest.
About Sunshine Hospitals:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500+ bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma and Neurology.