Hey there, everyone! This week we're going to take a look at some delicious recipes that also promote kidney health.
Kidneys are two of the most important organs in the human body. They work to filter and remove waste products from the bloodstream and balance the amount of fluids in the body. Kidneys can cause blood pressure to increase or decrease, and assist with the production of red blood cells. Kidneys also work to produce vitamin D!
It’s easy to see that the kidneys are important in maintaining health. Therefore, it’s important to take good care of these organs. And the best part is -- it’s easy! You can maintain healthy kidneys by drinking 8 glasses of fluids a day. Your kidneys like water the best! Eating a healthy balanced diet is also great for kidney health because it provides the kidneys with valuable vitamins and minerals. Consuming too much salt, sugar, meat, or processed food can be damaging to the kidneys. Drugs like alcohol and tobacco are extremely harmful to the kidneys, and it is important to limit or abstain from these substances to maintain proper kidney health.
Unhealthy kidneys can cause significant health problems such as kidney failure or stones. With proper diet and health practices, most kidney disease can be avoided.
Here are some kidney-healthy foods:
Chicken breast can provide a better source of protein than red meat. All protein produced should be high-quality and low in sodium for optimal kidney health.
Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C, fiber, and folate. It is low in potassium, and contains compounds that reduce inflammation and support kidney health.
Garlic contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese, which are nutrients that act to suppress inflammation. Garlic is also a flavorful alternative to salt, making it a versatile kidney-friendly substitute.
Olive oil contains antioxidants and compounds that reduce inflammation. It is also phosphorous-free, which is great for kidney health.
Cranberries can prevent harmful bacteria such as E.coli from causing urinary tract infections that could spread to the kidneys. They're a great way to keep the kidneys clear and healthy.
Below are three recipes that come together to make a delicious meal that is great for your kidneys! And remember -- buying these ingredients locally can taste better, feel better, and directly impact your community. You can find these ingredients and more at Anderson's Farm Market, The Local Food Market, or Cobblestone Valley Farm.
Simple Steamed Cauliflower with Herbs
Healthy Cranberry Sauce