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  • Writer's pictureDr. Monique J. Caruth, PT, DPT

Drink Water To Save Your Kidneys

Drinking an adequate amount of water is important for kidney health for several reasons:

1. Filtration: Your kidneys are responsible for cleaning waste and toxins from your blood to form urine. Drinking enough water ensures that there's enough fluid to help your kidneys clean waste and toxins properly and effectively.

2. Preventing Kidney Stones: Dehydration can lead to the formation of kidney stones, which are painful and can damage the kidneys. Drinking water helps dilute urine and reduce the risk of stone formation.

3. Proper Blood Flow: Good hydration maintains proper blood volume and blood pressure, ensuring that the kidneys receive adequate blood flow for optimal function.

4. Toxin Removal: Water helps flush out waste and toxins from the body, reducing the workload on the kidneys.

5. Balancing Electrolytes: Adequate water intake helps maintain the balance of electrolytes in the body, which is crucial for kidney function.

When you don’t drink enough water you can strain the kidneys and increase the risk of kidney problems over time causing chronic kidney disease which may lead to end stage renal disease and need for dialysis.

It's important to drink enough water daily to support overall health, including kidney health.

The recommended daily water intake varies by individual, but a general guideline is to aim for around 8 cups (64 ounces) or more per day, depending on factors like climate, activity level, and individual needs.

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