Drink Up on World Kidney Day

March 12, 2015

Today is World Kidney Day and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is asking Illinois residents to drink a glass of water to celebrate their kidneys.

Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear wastes and toxins from the body. Studies have also shown that increasing your fluid intake is one of the best ways to prevent the formation of painful kidney stones.

The right level of fluid intake for any individual depends on many factors including gender, exercise, climate, health conditions, pregnancy and breast feeding. In addition, those with advanced kidney disease or kidney failure often have to restrict their fluid intake. As a general rule, drinking 1.5 to 2 liters (3 to 4 pints) of water per day is considered a healthy amount.

Join others around the world and celebrate kidney awareness on World Kidney Day by taking a healthy selfie. Be a #WaterModel on #WorldKidneyDay and take a photo of yourself drinking water and share it with your friends. Those photos tagged with #ISupportWKD will appear in the international World Kidney Day photo newsfeed.

Staying well hydrated with water can protect your kidneys, but it will not cure kidney disease. For those at risk of kidney disease, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is offering free kidney health screenings across the state, from March through November. The NKFI strongly encourages anyone with or at risk for diabetes or high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and anyone over the age of 60, to attend. Find a KidneyMobile health screening by visiting www.nkfi.org, or ask your doctor for an ACR or GFR test if you are at risk for kidney disease.

Those who want to learn how they can reduce their personal risk of developing kidney disease can visit www.nkfi.org for more information.

Top 10 Things Your Kidneys Do:

  • Filter 200 liters of blood a day, removing two liters of toxins, wastes and water
  • Regulate the body’s hydration and water balance
  • Regulate blood pressure by controlling fluid levels and making the hormone that causes blood vessels to constrict
  • Support healthy bones and tissues by producing the active form of Vitamin D
  • Produce the hormone that stimulates bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells
  • Keep blood minerals in balance
  • Keep electrolytes in balance
  • Regulate blood acid levels
  • Remove certain drugs from the blood
  • Eliminate excess water-soluble vitamins

About the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.