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Understanding kidney functions and finding an easier way for better renal health

Love Your Kidney Campaign aims to increase public awareness about renal health and about some easy ways to take care of our kidneys.
By Entrepreneur Staff |
Understanding kidney functions and finding an easier way for better renal health
<>Health is wealth. Entrepreneurs should know that by heart. We have always been reminded that to take care of our health, we must live a healthier lifestyle and consume food and beverages that will properly and adequately nourish our system.

The American Cancer Society recommends taking at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. In our busy schedule, and our food preference, most of us may not be able to meet that requirement. That is why it would be advisable to consume fruit juices that are readily and commercially available.

That is what Old Orchard 100% Juices are here for. As its slogan goes, it provides us with “the easy way to a more fruitful diet.” To take care of our kidney, it particularly recommends drinking at least a glass each day of its Cranberry Juice.

The kidney

Kidney failure is currently the 9th most common cause of death among Filipinos. The local health authorities estimate that one in every Filipino is developing chronic renal failure each hour of the day. So far, there are over 14,000 patients who undergo dialysis annually.

The kidneys are important internal organs that facilitate extraction of waste from our blood and produce urine, which is then excreted out of the system. It also acts to balance body fluids and aids other important body functions. This pair of bean-shaped organs serves as multi-talented powerhouses of important internal activities.

The core functions of kidneys include:

Waste excretion: There are many things your body doesn’t want inside of it, and the kidneys help get rid of some of them. The kidneys filter out toxins, excess salts, and urea, a nitrogen-based waste created by cell metabolism. Urea is synthesized in the liver and transported through the blood to the kidneys for removal.

Water level balancing: As the kidneys are key in the production of urine, they react to changes in the body’s water level throughout the day. As water intake decreases, the kidneys adjust accordingly and leave water in the body instead of helping excrete it.

Blood pressure regulation: The kidneys need constant pressure to filter the blood. When it drops too low, the kidneys increase the pressure. One way is by producing a blood vessel-constricting protein (angiotensin) that also signals the body to retain sodium and water. Both the constriction and retention help restore normal blood pressure.

Red blood cell regulation: When the kidneys don’t get enough oxygen, they send out a distress call in the form of erythropoietin, a hormone that stimulates the bone marrow to produce more oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Acid regulation: As cells metabolize, they produce acids. Foods we eat can either increase the acid in our body or neutralize it. If the body is to function properly, it needs to keep a healthy balance of these chemicals. The kidneys do that, too.

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Because of all of the vital functions the kidneys perform and the toxins they encounter, the kidneys are susceptible to various problems. Acute kidney failure is a condition in which the kidneys suddenly lose their ability to function properly. This can occur for many reasons, including:

-Blood-clotting disorders
-Decreased blood flow caused by low blood pressure
-Acute tubular necrosis, or death of the tubular cells that deliver urine to the ureters
-Autoimmune kidney disorders
-Urinary tract infections
-Complications from pregnancy

Under the Love Your Kidney Campaign, Old Orchard aims to build awareness to the importance of drinking cranberry juice.

Cranberry Juice has been proven in several studies to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections or UTI due to the proanthrocyanidin content and hippuricacid that helps prevent the bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. Cranberry Juice is not the cure for kidney diseases, but it is a way of preventing those from happening and worsening.

Cranberry Juice acts as a defense against heart disease and contains anti-cancer properties, Vitamin C, and dietary fiber. It also decreases the probabilities of having dental caries.


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