March 10th is World Kidney Day, a chance for people around the world to take more notice of their kidneys, and make sure that they are looking after one of the most important organs in their bodies.
They are responsible for cleaning out all the toxins that are produced within your body and ensure that they stay at a level which is safe for your body.
To raise awareness of how to best keep your kidneys healthy, we have put together a list of some of the foods that are known to keep your kidneys super healthy and functioning the best that they can!
Apples are a great way to make sure that you take in some pectin, a soluble fibre which can lower the glucose levels in your blood. It also contains lots of antioxidants, including an all important one called quercetin, which are great for your overall health.
Strawberries are not only delicious, but packed full of vitamins, fibre and antioxidants, all things that are known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
A popular addition to a roast dinner, cauliflower is known for containing a high level of vitamin C. Not only this, but Cauliflower also boasts indoles, glucosinolates and thiocyanates, all compounds that are known to help the liver neutralize the toxins that are floating around within you.
Onions may be a basic ingredient in many dishes, but that doesn’t mean that they are anything but powerful. Onions are low in potassium and contain a mineral called chromium. Chromium helps your body to metabolise carbohydrates, fat and proteins, all things that will have an impact on the function and health of your kidneys.
If you have an issue with your urinary tract, it is often suggested that you drink cranberry juice. Cranberries stop bacteria from sticking to the wall of your bladder, which means that your body is free to take out the toxins you have within you, expelling them in the form of urine.
We all know that we should be eating plenty of omega rich oily fish in our diets. Not only does fish taste great, but it provides you with high quality protein too. The omega 3 fats are also anti-inflammatory and can give your body a helping hand to fight diseases such as heart disease and cancer. They also reduce the bad levels of cholesterol in your blood and raise the levels of the good cholesterol which are beneficial.
So, if you want to take part in World Kidney Day this March, why not make sure that you give your kidneys a health boost by eating some of these delicious and healthy foods?
It’s great to think that simply by making some changes to our diets, we could be making some huge changes to our health.