Kidneys play an important role in maintaining your overall health by flushing out toxins from the body. These bean-shaped organs not only purify blood, but also help in the production of red blood cells and in regulating the body’s fluid balance and electrolytes.

To perform these functions well, your kidneys need to be in top form. Eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, regulating blood sugar & cholesterol levels, controlling blood pressure and exercising are simple ways to keep your kidneys healthy. Eating foods rich in essential nutrients that stimulate kidney function can keep kidney diseases away. Here are five foods you must include in your diet.

1. Apples
Eat them raw, add them to your favorite desserts or have a glass of apple juice with breakfast. High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, apples are full of potassium, which improves renal function. Apples are also rich in fiber, which can solve your tummy problems and protect your heart. Here are five apple recipes for good health.

2. Berries
Berries are full of antioxidants that protect the kidneys from free radical damage. Cranberries and blueberries are particularly good as they flush out uric acid. The natural compounds present in them protect against inflammation and reduce the risk of renal cancer. Throw in a handful of these in your cereal or whip them up to make a delicious smoothie. Here are some lip-smacking recipes.

3. Cabbage
Low in both sodium and potassium, this cruciferous vegetable is integral for your kidney-friendly diet plan. Cabbage is loaded with vitamins B6, C and K, folate and fiber, which can combat inflammation and prevent the formation of kidney stones.

4. Red Bell Peppers
Besides adding color to your dish, red bell peppers are rich in vitamins A, B6, C and K, as well as folic acid and fiber. The antioxidant lycopene, which is amply present in them, protects against cancer and free radical damage.

5. Eggs
Rich in protein and iron, eggs are excellent for your kidneys. Egg whites are particularly rich in protein and low in phosphorus, which boosts their functioning. Another must-eat protein-rich food is fish. The high content of healthy fats (omega-3) in fish combats inflammation and protects against kidney diseases.

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With a Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Exeter,UK and a diploma in food science & quality control, Stephlina is intrigued with the intricacies of the human body. She shares a deep interest in human diseases and believes that popping pills is not the only solution to fight an ailment.