We discuss sexual health and intimacy extensively on this blog, but you can't enjoy your time in the bedroom if your body isn't getting the nourishment it needs. March 13 is World Kidney Day, which is why we want to focus on the importance of these organs and how you can support their function with a healthy, balanced diet. The kidneys play many essential roles that help you look and feel your best, from processing waste and managing salt and acid content to releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure.
Our kidneys help maintain balance within our bodies, and when something goes wrong, the results can be incredibly damaging for overall health. According to the National Kidney Foundation, polycystic kidney disease is a serious condition that affects 600,000 Americans and is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure. However, scientists from Royal Holloway, University of London, recently discovered that one nutrient-rich fruit may help reduce this risk. Grapefruits and other citrus fruits contain naringenin, a flavonoid that can counter the formation of kidney cysts.
"This discovery is vital in helping us to understand how polycystic kidney disease may be controlled and ultimately treated," professor and study author Robin Williams said in press release on the study.
Grapefruit is already a go-to choice as part of a balanced breakfast (as long as you can handle its tart flavor), and this research provides yet another reason to snack on this fruit. If you aren't a fan of this citrus snack on its own, try mixing it up in a fruit salad with some less acidic fare. Check back for more information about nutrition, health and sexual intimacy.