9. Hot Compress Therapy
To improve renal function and increase urine output, you can opt for hot compress therapy.
A part of traditional Chinese medicine, hot compress therapy helps cleanse the body of waste products and toxins.
Such therapy also has strong effects on normalizing blood flow into the kidneys. This in turn helps improve the functioning of the kidneys and also aids in treating kidney disease.
Simply place a warm compress on your lower abdomen for 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day.
Generally, after 1 to 2 weeks of hot compress therapy, you will see an increase in urine volume as well as improvement in your appetite, energy level and sleep quality.
Note: This therapy is not recommended for pregnant women.
10. Limit Your Salt Intake
If you are noticing less urine output despite following the same diet plan, you need to check your salt intake.
The kidneys metabolize 95 percent of the sodium consumed through food, and when your salt intake is high, the kidneys have to work harder to excrete the excess salt. This leads to decreased kidney functioning, causing water retention in the body and less urine output.
A 2001 study published in Hypertension showed that high salt intake has a negative impact on renal excretion of water. The study emphasized the importance of low salt intake and recommended that the general population reduce salt intake from 10 to 5 grams per day.
So, avoid eating foods with added salt. This includes canned soups, frozen dinners and fast foods, which are often high in salt. Processed cheeses and meats also have added salt.