“Drink adequate water to keep your kidneys healthy!” — Now that’s a piece of time-tested health advice, right? But then how does it work?
The internet and medical literature, in general, is filled with ample advice on drinking adequate water for good kidney health. Usually, you will find pearls of advice urging you to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily for optimum health benefits. To be factually correct, it is your total liquid intake throughout the day that matters. This could be in the form of water, juices, smoothies, milk or other non-alcoholic beverages or even soups and broths that you take throughout the day (We specify the term “non-alcoholic” here because although liquid, alcohol is a major dehydrator).
However, we all know how plain, drinking water always forms the mainstay of retaining an optimum hydration status.
So, what is it about plain water that makes it the “drink of choice” to quench thirst in the truest sense?
And how exactly does drinking more water keep your kidneys healthy?
Hint: It has got nothing to do with “flushing” your kidneys
Can increasing water intake slow down the progression of chronic kidney disease? What does the latest research suggest?