This month Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries joins with National Kidney Foundation in National Kidney Month. We urge Americans to get to know two humble hardworking organs: the kidneys. The kidneys serve a vital function in filtering waste from the bloodstream. They serve to help control blood pressure. Proper hydration of at least six to eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day and maintaining a healthy lifestyle keeps your kidneys functioning well.

Sadly, 26 million American adults suffer from chronic kidney disease. The primary risk factors for chronic kidney disease include diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure and being over the age of 60. However, there is good news in you can prevent chronic kidney disease and promote good kidney health by three simple steps.

First, know and keep your blood pressure within normal limits. Blood pressure readings should be 100 to 120 in the systolic number (upper number) and 70 to 90 in the diastolic number (lower number). Faith community nurses do regular blood pressure screenings for clients in the community. If you are on a blood pressure medication, take it as prescribed. Learn more about your blood pressure and medication through a faith community nurse.

Second, drink at least six to eight eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Your kidneys need adequate fluids to filter blood properly. Drinking water can prevent kidney stones as well. In the summer, when it is hot and humid, add additional fluids to prevent dehydration. Water enhancers such as mashed fresh fruits can make drinking fluids enjoyable.

Lastly, exercise regularly and control your weight. A healthy body makes for healthy kidneys.

Learn more about other ways you can keep your kidneys healthy and how a faith community nurse can help you by contacting Rev. Donna Pupillo, RN at