Importance of water for a healthy kidney

water benefits for good kidney function

Insufficient water intake causes extreme concentration of urine and increases the solute load in the body. This increases the burden of filtration on the kidneys and impacts its normal functioning.

The urinary bladder which allows passage of fluids from the body itself needs enough water. The pressure of water present in the bladder is related to the feeling of need to urinate . the bladder normally holds 750ml of fluid. The balance of fluid in the bladder needs to be carefully maintained so that the pressure remains steady and waste products are effectively thrown out through urine.

Bacterial infections of the urinary tract often result from poor voiding of urine resulting from less fluid intake or external factors related to hygiene.

When a bladder infection (or urinary tract infections, UTI), caused by bacteria getting into the urine occurs, it creates the same urge to urinate but often the patient is able to produce only a few drops of water while suffering pain and discomfort.

How can we avoid bacterial infections ?

Drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day will keep the bladder active and bacteria-free.

Also, avoiding coffee, tea, carbonated beverages and alcohol can help, as they irritate the bladder and cause a slight amount of bleeding to occur. When bleeding occurs, bacteria may enter the blood vessels.

If a UTI is left untreated or undetected, it can turn into a kidney infection, as the bladders is connected to the two kidneys through ureters.

Both can be treated with antibiotics, but as the infection passes to the kidney things start to get more complicated

Kidneys/Kidney Stones

Kidneys are very important to our health as they help eliminate the waste products from the body along with the liver and or urinary tract. If the kidneys were to stop operating for only two days, it would cause a retention of metabolic toxins, and then uremia would set in. The accumulation of waste products, normally excreted in the urine, would cause metabolic poisoning.

Build-up of bacteria and proteins can cause crystals to form, which are known as kidney stones. These are very painful to pass. Some studies show that dehydration increases the chances of having kidney stones, and drinking plenty of water may very well prevent the formation of them.

Avoiding situations or controlling the other diseases that contribute to kidney disorders may sometimes prevent chronic kidney disease, where patients may have to rely on a kidney machine for survival.

The earlier a person can alter factors that damage the kidneys, the better. Among the ways to help prevent chronic kidney disease are:

  • Maintaining blood pressure at less than 130/85 mm Hg
  • Maintain strict blood glucose control in people with
  • Maintain healthy levels of fats (lipids), such as cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Stop smoking or using other tobacco products

But perhaps one of the easiest and most effective ways is to avoid dehydration. Dehydration is not only a symptom, but also the cause of many aliments, especially kidney infections and other disorders that can lead to more serious matters.

  • If someone is prone to kidney and urinary ailments, they Should avoid dehydration at all costs. By drinking at least 48 ounces of water (upto 1.5L) per day,
  • Promptly treat any illnesses that cause dehydration, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or fever.
  • Replenish fluids in hot weather and exercise,
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and colas since they increase urine output and dehydrate the body faster, as do alcoholic beverages.


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Author: drpoojachhawcharia

Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.

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