Kidney problems are no laughing matter, it’s one of the major workers in our body that helps filter things that are harmful to our body. In this video by Dr. Willie Ong, we find out the symptoms to look out for and what to do in case of kidney problems. Dr. Liza Ramoso-Ong also has tips for us when it comes to salty foods to avoid.
Symptoms of Kidney Problems
1. Pagmamanas or swelling
Usually, people with kidney problems have swollen faces, hands, and at times, feet. If that occurs, it would be best to have a checkup to make sure that your kidney is still ok.
If it’s less than usual or it’s not coming out as much as it was before, that could be a sign of a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).If your urine has a pink coloration, it could be an indication of blood in our urine which could be a case of kidney stones. The same goes with urine that fizzes like a soda, if the bubbles don’t subside even after 3 minutes after discharge, it could be a case of protein in your urine.
Like we’ve said, the kidney filters out toxins or dumi in our body and without one working properly, those toxins would need to find another way to come out. If your skin is really dry, it could be a result of a kidney problem.
Our kidneys make erythropoietin, a hormone that basically tells our bones to create blood. Without such hormone, anyone’s blood count can drop which can lead to anemia.
5. Metallic Taste
Another result of the unfiltered toxins without anywhere to go. It could come out of your mouth, your nose, and even your skin which produces problems.
6. Back Pain
A sharp pain in your lower back could indicate that you’re having some problems with your kidneys.
If you already have the symptoms, it would be best to get a Urinalysis, a Complete Blood Count (CBC), Creatinine, and a Fasting Blood Sugar test to make sure that you’re covered.
Of course, prevention is better than cure, so here are just some of tips Doc Willie has for us.
1. Make sure that your blood pressure is under control
2. Lessen your intake of salty food
3. Control your blood sugar
4. Drink a lot of water
5. Cut down on protein
6. Avoid drinking too many pain relievers like mefenamic acid, go for exercise and hot packs.
More on the salt, Dr. Liza Ong has tips when it comes to the sodium level of the food we eat.
The good doctor recommends 2,000 up to 3,000 milligrams of salt per day to keep your blood pressure in check. Of course, it should be even less when it comes to people with complications with their kidneys.
Here some of the foods that you should avoid or take in moderation.
1. sweet pickles (atsara)
2. canned tomatoes
3.pork n beans
5. fried chicken (breaded)
8. cheese pizza
9. canned soup
10. canned tuna
12. instant noodles
13. Bouillon cubes
14. oyster sauce
17. cocoa powder
18. crab fat or taba ng talangka
19. dried fish
20. salted eggs
Here are the tips they gave:
1. Use herbs for flavor, not salt
2. Avoid salty dips, go for lemon, lime, calamansi, and vinegar
3. Fresh food is still the best way to go
4. Try not to finish the sauce or soup of salty food
5. Make your very own tocino and tapa
Lastly, Doc Willie gave a reminder that drinking a lot of water after eating something salty doesn’t mean that you’ll be ok afterwards, doing so doesn’t really do anything since the salt will still have to pass through the kidneys.
The health tips on this website are based on articles published in books, periodicals and various social media sites by Doctor Willie Ong. We believe and fully support the good intentions of our ‘Doktor ng Bayan.’
Watch the video below:
Are you feeling any of the symptoms that Doc Willie said? Do you follow any of Doc Liza’s tips? Tell us in the comments below!