The kidneys act as a purification system for the blood, working super hard to filter out the waste and help the body maintain fluid and electrolyte balance. The product of this waste – urine – is passed on to the bladder and disposed of. And the work doesn’t stop there! The kidneys also produce hormones that regulate our blood pressure and the production of red blood cells, as well as activating Vitamin D that is essential for bone health.
How do hydration aids help the function of our kidneys?
Put simply, drinking sufficient levels of fluids keeps urine diluted, helps the kidneys remove waste from the blood and keeps the body nicely hydrated. Good hydration also helps keep the blood vessels open so blood can travel freely to the kidneys and deliver essentials nutrients.
When a person becomes dehydrated, this entire delivery system ceases to work as smoothly, leaving them exposed to symptoms like fatigue, impaired bodily functions and urinary tract infections (UTI’s). In more severe cases it can result in the formation of crystals which affect kidney function or worst still, lead to diseases like kidney stones.
There are lots of studies on kidney related diseases, the majority of which conclude that what you eat and drink affects your risk of developing kidney stones and other associated problems. It’s also thought that people who drink adequate fluids are far less likely to suffer from the condition, with good old fashioned plain water a brilliant support for kidney function & health. It’s important to remember that 60-70% of your body weight is made up of water – every single part of your body needs it to function properly!
Tips to protect kidney health
- Keep a cup of water to hand and drink regularly, sipping little & often throughout the day.
- Your urine is a good indicator of kidney health so keep an eye on the colour! If you’re adequately hydrated in should be pale, but if it’s dark & pungent, you could be dehydrated.
- Eat a balanced kidney & heart-healthy diet comprising colourful fruit & vegetables with omega-3 rich foods such as fish & nuts.
- Keep fit & active – this helps to reduce blood pressure, therefore reducing your risk of chronic kidney disease.
- Remember everyone is different – whilst the daily recommendation is often 2 litres, you might need slightly less or slightly more. Older people should always receive guidance from their healthcare practitioner on the recommended daily amount.
How Can the Droplet Hydration Aid Help?
Older people who need support with their water intake can use Droplet to help remind them when it is time to take a drink. Providing gentle & regular reminders can help to create positive hydration habits in a dignified & supportive way, preventing the risk of kidney problems and UTI’s which commonly occur when the body is dehydrated.
The Droplet Hydration Aid can also support people with diagnosed kidney diseases (specifically those whose kidneys have stopped working and are on treatment such as dialysis) who require continuous monitoring of their fluid intake.