Healthy kidneys are vital to the proper functioning of your body. We cannot survive without them. March happens to be National Kidney Month and is the perfect time to educate yourself on what your kidneys do and why they are so important. Most people understand the heart’s job or the brain’s job, but the kidneys seem to have a little bit more mystery attached to them. This, however, is not to be confused with less importance. In fact, humans cannot survive without functioning kidneys and while some will argue that drinking water isn’t necessary to keep kidneys healthy, the majority of doctors will argue otherwise. Water plays a vital role in kidney health and it is time we all start paying more attention to those two important organs found right below our back ribs.
The kidneys are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist. They are located near the middle of the back, just below the rib cage, one on each side of the spine. According to experts, a person’s kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and extra water every single day. The wastes and extra water become urine. Wastes in the blood come from the normal breakdown of active tissues, such as muscles, and from food. If the kidneys did not remove them, these wastes would build up in the blood and damage the body.
It is important to drink water to keep kidneys healthy for many reasons. Drinking lots of water flushes out wastes. Drinking water also helps lower the chances of kidney stones and infections. Furthermore, a common cause of kidney failure is diabetes. Unhealthy and improperly functioning kidneys from diabetes can be fatal in the long run. Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause diabetes problems. This high blood glucose, also called blood sugar, can damage many parts of the body, such as the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and kidneys. Because pure water has no calories, no sodium and contains no fat or cholesterol, it is the best supplement for someone with diabetes.
Our drinking water systems use the latest in drinking water technology and will effectively remove harmful contaminants so your tap water is safer and tastes better. Drinking more water is easy with our drinking water systems. You are your first line of defense against kidney problems in many cases. Drinking water will support kidney health and your overall health. Fresh fluids are needed every day for kidneys to replenish the blood. Choose water as your beverage of choice and reduce your sugar and calorie intake, protect your teeth, spend less money, and keep your kidneys healthy starting this March, National Kidney Month.