Imagine that you are the star of a popular movie. When that movie made its big debut, of course you want to be there; dressed your best, enjoying the fruits of your labor. How would you feel if something tragic came up and you were unable to attend? My guess is that there would be feelings of disappointment, resentment, and maybe anger. This exact scenario happens in Hollywood quite often but specifically happened to Amy Schumer just recently. She was not able to attend the movie premiere for her new film, “I Feel Pretty” due to a horrible kidney infection. The first showing in the movie was suppose to be in London, England and Schumer was more than excited to be there for it, but her body had other plans. At doctors’ orders, she was hospitalized until she could recover from her kidney infection.
How do you Get a Kidney Infection?
A kidney infection is an infection that most frequently starts in your urethra or bladder and then travels to your kidneys. What can be a mild, slightly uncomfortable infection, can turn dangerous and quite painful condition with little to no warning. If not treated immediately it can result in permanent kidney damage or bacteria in the bloodstream.
Luckily for Amy, she was taken care of before her infection became too serious and although she had to miss the event of a lifetime, she is recovering well.
On Instagram she posted an update to her fans:
Here’s what I’ve been up to this week. I was hospitalized for 5 days with a horrible kidney infection … I wanted to share this with you because this is sexy as hell but mostly because I was meant to go to London for the opening of “I Feel Pretty” and my doctors have told me that’s a no go. I’m really disappointed, selfishly to miss this trip because I love London and Europe in general and all the great people (food) there. But I need to put my health first. I am so grateful for all the support the movie is getting.
It’s great to see her taking responsibility for her health and understanding that in order to be her best self, she must take care of herself.
Kidney infections can rather easily be prevented; you don’t have to wait until you are in the hospital to take care of them. There are many things that you can do to keep your kidneys functioning at their highest capacity.
Partha’s Prescriptions: 4 Tips For Healthier Kidneys
- Hydrate: Water is the miracle of life. Staying hydrated is the best way to take care of your body. The water you drink helps to flush out bacteria and infections. It also gives your organ the nutrients it needs to function properly. It is recommended that you drink 6-8, 8 oz glasses of water a day. Drinking extra water is a good idea as well. Sometimes it’s useful to set a timer to remind yourself to pour yourself a glass of water, or every time you get up to walk around. Developing a routine will help you build a habit to ensure you remain hydrated.
- Eat healthy foods: Most kidney problems occur from other medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. These two conditions are often worsened with a poor diet. Improving your eating habits is a great way to control diabetes and blood pressure, which in return will help your kidneys to function better.
- Exercise regularly: Similarly to eating healthy, exercise is a great way to help keep excess weight off and maintain a regular blood pressure. It is important, however, to not overdo it. Be mindful of the amount of time you put into exercise, spending too much time can put a strain on your kidneys. Find a happy balance in your life.
- Be careful with over-the-counter-medications: Many common over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen can cause kidney damage if taken too regularly over a extended period of time. They are fine if taken occasionally for pain relief, but if you are taking them for chronic pain or arthritis, talk to your doctor about monitoring your kidney function or finding an alternative way to control your pain.
Keeping a mindful approach to your overall health is, of course, essential. When it comes to your kidneys, however, taking a little extra precaution goes a long way. Don’t miss out on a special event or even find your regular life interrupted because you didn’t take the time. As for Amy, we are happy to hear she’s recovering and wish her a healthy road ahead!