Adopta un estilo de vida saludable para cuidar tus riñones

Aunque muy pequeños, los riñones realizan una gran tarea recogiendo y eliminando los residuos resultantes de todo lo que comemos y bebemos al filtrar la sangre y, a través de la orina, eliminar los desechos y el exceso de líquido que se acumulan en el organismo. 

Los riñones también ayudan a controlar la presión arterial y la acidez de la sangre, participan en la producción de glóbulos rojos y ayudan a mantener el equilibrio del agua y los electrolitos, como el sodio y el potasio que contribuyen a nuestra salud ósea. 

Mantener y preservar nuestra salud renal, y tener una buena calidad de vida, es una tarea a la cual podemos contribuir cotidianamente con buenos hábitos, como hacer ejercicio regularmente, reducir la ingesta de azúcar y sal, controlar la presión arterial, comer sano, mantener un peso saludable, hidratarnos bien y evitar el tabaquismo y la automedicación.

Buenos hábitos para su salud renal 

  • Una dieta saludable y el control del peso son grandes aliados de su salud y ayudan a la prevención. Mantenga un peso saludable y trabaje con su médico o dietista para crear un plan alimenticio a su medida.
  • Pregunte a su médico qué tipo y cantidad de actividad física es conveniente para usted. 
  • Duerma 8 horas cada noche. 
  • Evite el tabaco y limite la ingesta de alcohol.
  • Explore actividades para reducir el estrés, relajarse y mejorar su salud física y emocional. La actividad física puede ayudar a disminuir el estrés, así como las prácticas que involucran la mente y el cuerpo, como la meditación y el yoga.
  • Beba medio galón de agua al día. Mantenerse hidratado ayuda a la presión arterial y a la función renal.
  • Revise sus niveles de azúcar en sangre.
  • Tome todas las medicinas que le prescriba su médico y tenga cuidado con el uso de medicinas de venta libre. 
  • Mantenga sus niveles de colesterol dentro del rango establecido. 

Consejos para cocinar saludable

  • Consuma alimentos saludables como frutas y vegetales frescos, proteínas, lácteos descremados y disminuya la sal y azúcar añadidos.
  • Cocine con una mezcla de especias en lugar de sal, e incluya vegetales como espinaca y brócoli.
  • Prepare carne, pollo o pescado al horno o en el asador, en lugar de freírlos.
  • Evite las salsas o grasas añadidas.
  • Elija alimentos con poca o sin azúcar añadida.
  • Ingiera alimentos hechos de granos enteros.
  •  Lea las etiquetas de los alimentos y escoja aquellos bajos en grasas saturadas, grasas trans, colesterol, sodio y azúcares añadidos.

Let’s Celebrate National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month (NDLM) and a chance to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. When it comes to donating organs, kidneys are special because they’re one of just a handful of organs that can be donated by a living person.

Making a live kidney donation is an incredibly brave sacrifice that can save another person’s life. That’s why at KidneySPA we celebrate donors as the heroes they are!

Here are some key facts about kidney donation:

  • More than 90,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a kidney donation.
  • 85% of patients waiting for a transplant are waiting on a new kidney.
  • The average waiting time for a kidney from a deceased donor is 3-5 years.

Because a person can live with only one kidney, a living donor offers patients an alternative to years of dialysis while they wait on the transplant list. Living donors can reduce this wait time to a year or less, and after the transplant, the donor’s remaining kidney will enlarge and start doing the work of two healthy kidneys.

So, who can donate a kidney? Family members are usually the most biologically compatible living donors, but many transplants occur between unrelated people. Different transplant centers have their own guidelines, but in general, living donors must be at least 18 years old, in good physical and mental health, and undergo an exam.
If you’re interested in becoming a real-life hero by saving someone’s life, register yourself as a living organ donor!

COVID-19 Vaccines & Kidney Disease: What You Should Know

elder patient with mask consulting with her doctor

At least three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Naturally, people with kidney disease or a kidney transplant are eager to know if these vaccines are safe to take – especially after living at higher risk for coronavirus-related complications for over a year.

Here at KidneySPA, we want to educate our patients, physician partners, and the public with up-to-date insights on COVID-19 vaccines and kidney issues from leading authorities, such as the American Kidney Fund and National Kidney Foundation. Before making any decisions about vaccination, though, it’s important to speak to your physician.

You may be wondering if COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people who:

  • Are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Undergo dialysis on a regular basis
  • Take immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplants

All of these populations are at greater risk for severe complications from COVID-19, and while guidance specific to kidney disease doesn’t exist yet, clinical vaccine trials did include people with other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, asthma and HIV.

The results showed that COVID-19 vaccines can be safely given to people with any of those conditions, which is an encouraging sign. In the case of transplant recipients, vaccines that don’t involve a living virus – such as Pfizer and Moderna – are expected to be safe unless the recipient has other mitigating health issues.

Remember, even after you are fully vaccinated and free from side effects, you should still take precautions if you suffer from chronic kidney disease or participated in a kidney transplant. That means continuing to socially distance, avoid crowds, wear a mask, regularly wash your hands and more.

Why? Because while a vaccine significantly reduces your risk of contracting COVID-19, it can’t fully eliminate it. Please continue to protect yourself, and if you want to know more about getting vaccinated, contact your physician for personalized insights, or schedule a consultation with a KidneySPA specialist to get all your questions answered.

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Don’t give stress a chance

Daily stress causes changes in hormone levels that can hurt your health. When stress increases, your immune system weakens, causing physical and psychological problems.

Being under stress for too long can cause high anxiety, insomnia, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and can even lead to dependency on drugs and alcohol. Some studies show that the hormones associated with chronic stress are linked to increased fat in the abdomen, which increases the risk of chronic and serious illness such as diabetes.

Music Benefits Your Health

The power of music is undeniable. Did you know that the right tune can bring down your blood pressure a bit more than medication or lifestyle changes can do alone? Listening to music can help you lower blood pressure, according to researchers at the University of Florence in Italy.

Listening to soothing classical, Celtic, or Indian music for 30 minutes daily while breathing slowly lowered the blood pressure reading for the subjects of study.

What’s your favorite music to listen to when you need it the most? Music

Reaching your goals makes you happier

Setting goals and reaching them can make you feel less anxious, better about yourself, and find more meaning in your life.

When you reach a goal it increases the likelihood of success, which results in better feelings about yourself and life in general.

You want some advice? Set reasonable, concrete goals and use multiple avenues to meet them.

Benefits of Dancing

Dancing counts as exercise and it comes with many health benefits. It tones us up, makes us stronger and makes us happy. There are many forms of dance, from ballroom to barn dancing and disco to Morris dancing. If dancing is one of your favorite activities, you already have more reasons to practice it. Put on your dancing shoes and stay physically active!