A to Z Health Guide

Making Choices to Keep You and Your Kidneys Healthy

You can make choices that will help your body do its job as best as it can!

How can you help your body to be strong and healthy?

Diet and Nutrition

The foods you eat and drink can help or hurt your body.  Make sure to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, breads, meats and dairy products. If you have kidney disease there may be some foods and drinks that you need to avoid.  Your kidneys help to keep a balance of nutrients in your body such as salt and calcium.  Eating too much salt can be bad for your body and your kidneys. Talk with your doctor or a dietitian about what food is right for you.

Exercise

Your body likes to run, jump and play.  Exercise helps to keep your body in good shape!  Getting enough exercise is important and will help your body stay strong inside and out. 

Medications

Only medicine a doctor or your parents give you is safe.  Doctors know what kidney of medicine can help your body.   NEVER share medicine with anyone else.  No one’s body is exactly like someone else’s body.   Doctors may want to give different medicines to different people.  Make sure to take your medications exactly as your doctor tells you to.

Alcohol and Drugs

As you get older you may be offered cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana (pot), or illegal drugs.  Drugs and alcohol can be harmful to your body.  When you have kidney disease you need to be even more careful about what you put into your body.  When your kidneys are damaged they are not able to filter your blood as well as they should.  Remember it is OK to say “No” to drugs and alcohol. 

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