Have you ever heard of World Kidney Day?
Honestly, I hadn’t had a clue it existed until I started my research. This is why I set up this blog, I love finding new things like this!
So, why do we have a day all about kidneys? It seems pretty random, given what we could be talking about.
But it’s surprisingly a really big problem. At this moment in time, around 850 million people worldwide are suffering from kidney disease, with 1 in 10 adults suffering from chronic kidney disease; we do not have enough medical support to help all of these people. As of 2016 it was the 9th biggest killer in the West, but as of 2040 the estimates suggest it will become the 5th biggest killer worldwide.
The issue is, no one talks about kidneys. We’ll talk about lungs, hearts, even livers, but kidneys get brushed aside. We need to start talking more about our kidneys before we lose them.
So if you can, go to the doctors and get your kidneys checked. That’s why we have today, after all. It’s a reminder for something we commonly take for granted.
If you can’t afford to go to the doctor right now, here are some foods that really help your kidneys out:
- red bell peppers
- egg whites
- oily fish (salmon is a favourite for kidneys)
- olive oil
I chose to mention the items that are often cheaper (except for the fish), but things like cranberries, raspberries, cherries and strawberries are all really good for your kidneys too.
Kidney problems can contribute to heart problems, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Now’s the time to stop neglecting our kidneys, and to get munching on some good old fashioned veggie soup!
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