Be Kind To Your Kidneys

Be Kind To Your Kidneys


A 23-year-old guy went to the Medical Clinic for a pre-employment assessment. He applied for a landscaping job in a golf and country club in our town.

Although asymptomatic, he had a low blood hemoglobin count of 9 g/dL. So the company doctor referred him to a specialist for further assessment.

Sadly, it was found out that he had Chronic Kidney Disease. The job he applied for might jeopardize his condition.

He was unfit to work.


I received a message from a friend late at night. They were looking for a hospital who would be able to cater for his 27-year-old brother who had difficulty breathing despite the oxygen treatment.

Due to the lockdown in 2020, his dialysis treatments were delayed.

With God’s grace, he was able to make it to a hospital which is 70 km from their house.

He was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease when he was a teenager.

Currently, his family is preparing for his kidney transplant.


In 2008, my classmate Cleo was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis, an autoimmune disease affecting the kidneys.

She was 16 years old at that time. She was the youngest in our batch as far as I can remember. She had to stop going to nursing school.

Since then, I didn’t hear anything about her until I saw an article about her from The Manila Times. She has been on dialysis for nine years since she was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease.

Currently, there has been a fundraising project, in partnership with Jump Manila to help in supporting her.

Who would have thought that these three would be diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease at an early age?

We really must not take our health for granted.

It would be better to take preventive measures as early as childhood.

It doesn’t guarantee the possibility of having disease, but it would decrease the risk factors.


Here are the 8 golden rules to consider (taken from World Kidney Day):


  • Keep fit, Be active
  • Dr. Exercise is one of the 7 natural doctors that helps our physical and psychological bodies to function well and prevent the occurrence of certain diseases.


  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Together with Dr. Exercise, Dr. Diet helps in normalizing the biochemistry of our body as long as we eat the right kind and amount of food. It would be better to avoid too salty food and those with artificial additives.

  • Check and control your blood sugar
  • Increased blood sugar levels gives additional work on the kidneys. High sugar levels may cause the blood vessels to be clogged, thereby affecting the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys.


  • Check and control your blood pressure
  • Like high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure causes constriction in the kidneys’ blood vessels. The kidney is one of the organs that is responsible for regulating blood pressure. So, let’s not let our kidneys overwork.


  • Take appropriate fluid intake
  • The average fluid intake for an average person is 8 cups or 2 liters per day.
    Clean water is the best fluid for our kidneys.


  • Don’t smoke
  • The nicotine on cigarettes does not only constrict but also hardens and clogs the blood vessels. Imagine a clogged drainage. How can the toxins be eliminated from our body if the passageway is  clogged?


  • Don’t take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory/pain-killer pills regularly.
  • These pain killers may increase the fluid retention that can decrease blood flow in the kidneys. Instead of taking pills, I use OLEIA topical oil to relieve pain in my body.


  • Get your kidney function checked if you have one or more of the ‘high risk’ factors:
  • diabetes
  • hypertension
  • obese
  • family history of kidney disease

  • These are only some of the tips in taking care of our body’s filtration system.

    Let’s be kind to them.