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A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP (A)

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One of the ways to improve your health is making sure your body gets enough rest. Good sleep goes a long way to help in this wise. It's recommended that you sleep for a certain number of hours every day. You're not supposed to go on for several days without sleep. Over time, chronic insomnia could drastically affect your health. Many get sick because they ignore simple routines like proper rest and physical exercise.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FEET HEALTHY

How to keep your feet healthy

Our feet take us everywhere we need to go and taking good care of them helps us to stay mobile and physically fit. The perfect shoes will go a long way in preventing swollen or itchy feet, and will also help you avoid pain in the ankles and back. Your comfort and overall wellbeing could very well be made or marred by your choice of shoes.

7 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME HEALTHY

Home healthy

 

  1. Keep it Dry Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in roofing systems, rain water from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your interior plumbing for any leakage.
  2. Keep it Clean Control the source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective wet-cleaning methods.
  3. Keep it Safe Store poisons out of the reach of children and properly label. Secure loose rugs and keep children's play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand.
  4. Keep it Well-Ventilated Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.
  5. Keep it Pest-freeAll pests look for food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and openings throughout the home; store food in pest-resistant containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and baits in closed containers, along with the least toxic pesticides such as boric acid powder.
  6. Keep it Contaminant-FreeReduce lead-related hazards in pre-1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint, and keeping floors and window areas clean, using a wet-cleaning approach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas that enters homes through soil, crawlspaces, and foundation cracks. Install a radon removal system if levels above the EPA action-level are detected.
  7. Keep it Well-MaintainedInspect, clean and repair your home routinely. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems.

TIPS TO PREVENTING KIDNEY DISEASES

why your kidney

To keep your kidneys healthy and functioning normally, here are a few tips.

  1. Don't smoke. The warning that smokers are liable to die young isn't just a cliché. They have a higher risk for various types of cancers, kidney and heart diseases, high blood pressure and other health complications. So, be good to your body and stop smoking.
  2. Stop or reduce alcohol intake. Too much alcohol can inhibit the kidneys' ability to filter harmful substances from the blood and maintain fluid balance. Alcohol also dehydrates the body, which affects the normal operation of cells and organs. If you must drink, don't overindulge; the occasional drink or two should be okay.
  3. Watch your weight. Roughly seventy percent of people over the age of twenty are either overweight or obese. Being overweight can cause serious health problems, including kidney disease and kidney failure. Watch that waistline.
  4. Eat right. Good nutrition is key to good health. A balanced diet is important for everyone. What type of food you eat and its quantity affects the way you feel and how your body works. Avoid food with too much salt, because it affects your body's sodium balance, which in turn affects the kidneys' functions.
  5. Exercise. Anyone can exercise, irrespective of age or physical condition. You just have to carefully select the appropriate exercise based on your activity level. Walking, swimming, climbing stairs, doing household chores or gardening are easy options to stay active. Benefits include maintaining a healthy weight, prevention of kidney and heart diseases, better sleep, etc. 6. Be Vigilant. Pay attention to labels when taking packaged foods or medications. Especially for medications, follow all instructions precisely as taking the wrong dosage may increase the risk of acute kidney failure.

 

WHY YOUR KIDNEYS ARE SO IMPORTANT

why your kidney

Located just below your ribcage on either side of your spine are your kidneys. These two bean-shaped organs, though no larger than your fist, constitute a vital part of maintaining the proper functioning of your body. The primary role of the kidneys is the removal of harmful substances, waste products and excess fluids from the body through the urine (production of which involves excretion and re-absorption). This process is necessary to maintain a stable balance of body chemicals and fluids. The kidneys also perform the critical function of regulating the body's salt, potassium and acid levels. In addition, the kidneys produce hormones that affect the function of other organs. For instance, erythropoietin – a hormone produced by the kidneys – determines the rate of red blood cell production. The kidneys also use calcitriol, an active form of vitamin D for the absorption of calcium, thereby promoting strong, healthy bones. Another hormone produced by the kidneys is renin which helps regulate blood pressure.