Every organ in the body performs a specific function, this is why it's very important to take good care of ourselves by eating healthy foods because the foods we eat plays a huge role in our well-being. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, with each likened to the size of a fist. They're located under the rib cage, one on each side of the spine. The kidney performs many functions in the body, some of which includes balancing of body fluids, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure, removing waste product from the body and others.
To maintain a healthy kidney, it's advisable to avoid smoking, engage in physical activities, drink plenty of water, control your blood sugar and so on. However, research has shown that excessive intake of alcohol alters the functions of the kidney and in this article, I will be showing you four natural drinks you can substitute for alcohol to maintain a healthy kidney.
1. Blueberry smoothie.
There's more to eating blueberries than just the sweet taste it offers. Research has shown that blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which helps to protect the body against many diseases. Furthermore, blueberries are also considerably low in sodium, phosphorus, and potassium, which is beneficial for the kidney. Blueberry smoothie is a natural drink which is prepared by washing and blending the fruit.
2. Onion juice.
This is one of the most popular vegetables that is used in cooking all around the world. Many people tend to consume onions, but only a few are aware about its kidney-friendly nature. Onions is said to be good for the kidney because of its ability to provide sodium-free flavor to foods. The normal salt which is used in cooking is very high in sodium, making onion a healthy alternative. Onion juice is extracted by washing, peeling, cutting and squeezing the flesh to collect the water.
Water is necessary for urine formation, and the presence of water functions to keep the blood vessel open to ensure the smooth travelling of blood to the kidney. Water is beneficial to the body, and drinking a lot of it helps the body organs to function well.
4. Pineapple smoothie.
Pineapple is widely consumed by many because of its sweet taste and beneficial nutrients. What's more? Research has shown that the low potassium content of pineapple is just what the kidney needs to function well. Pineapple is also an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese and bromelain, an enzyme which helps to reduce inflammation. Pineapple smoothie is prepared by washing, cutting and blending the fruit.
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