Depending on where you live, you may encounter more problems than others when the seasons change. For some of us, Autumn is colder so we have to take extra steps to stay healthy in these circumstances. It’s a fact that cold weather affects our health more than we would want it to and we have to be extra careful so we won’t get sick. Usually, people suffer from kidney problems during the winter but some of them start encountering problems as early as September, when the weather changes.
Here’s what you should know about kidney problems, seasons change and cold weather.
The correlation between cold weather and kidney challenges.
According to research performed at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, extreme heat and cold weather can lead to a higher risk of kidney stones. The researchers examined more than 64,000 medical records of people (both adults and kids) who developed kidney stones from 2005 and 2011 alongside temperature data for 5 major cities.
The study showed that most kidney stone cases appeared when weather extremely hot and when the temperatures were extremely low. This happens because hot weather can lead to dehydration and forming of minerals in urine. At the same time, cold weather makes people stay indoors, eat more and exercise less, rising the risk of kidney stone cases.
Caution: the study only tells us there’s some kind of link between cold weather and kidney problems but we can’t say that only cold weather can lead to kidney stones as there are other factors to take into consideration.
How to protect yourself from Kidneys Problems in Cold Weather
If you know you you’re susceptible of kidney problems in cold weather, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself.
Stay away from bad habits.
There are some factors we overlook when it comes to kidney health. For example, a long-term bladder can pose a high risk for your kidneys’ health. Keeping urine inside for longer periods of time can cause bacteria breading. Not having a kidney-friendly diet also poses a threat to your health. You should stay away from too much salt or sugar.
Drink more fluids and eat healthy.
Having a diet that includes healthy portions of vegetables and fruit can help your overall health. You should stay away from high-protein meals as the high protein intake can cause kidney challenges. At the same time, paying extra attention to your water intake and keeping yourself hydrated will help maintain healthy kidneys and helps you detox your body.
Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle Routine.
The best strategy for our life is to adopt a healthy lifestyle routine.
This means take healthy foods, stay hydrated, follow a daily exercise plan and take necessary vitamins in consultation with the health practitioner.
Our philosophy is that prevention is the best approach for a healthy, positive and enriching life.
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