These Are 10 Usual Habits That Can Damage Your Kidneys!
The two bean-shaped organs are our kidneys! Each of them has the size of a fist and is located just below the rib cage on each side of the spine. Every single day, the kidneys filter around 120-150 quarts of excess fluid, urine, waste. The purpose is to prevent the buildup of waste in our body. The kidneys keep the levels of electrolyte stable. They also produce hormones that help regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells and keep bones strong.
Kidneys are very important organs and we should keep them healthy. Healthy kidneys keep everything in the body running gently and smoothly. We cannot particularly notice or feel damage to the kidneys. So it’s very important to take measures for prevention to ensure kidney health.
Here’s a list of 10 common habits that we put a lot of pressure on our kidneys every day. Through the time, these habits may lead to serious kidney damage.
Not Drinking Enough Water
One of the important functions of the kidneys is get rid of toxins and waste materials that can harm the body. One of the most important roles is to filter blood as well. If you don’t drink enough water, those waste materials and toxins start to accumulate. Eventually they can cause severe damage.
Too Much Salt Consumption
In order to work properly, our body needs sodium. But an excess of sodium (and too much of everything) can cause damage. Most people consume too salty food, which can put stress on the kidneys and of course raise blood pressure.
Too Much Sugar Consumption
Researchers have proved that people who are consuming two, three or more sugary drinks a day are more exposed on having protein in their urine. Protein in urine is in fact an early sign that the kidneys are not performing properly their job.
Holding Urine Put Pressure to the Kidneys
This might sound odd, but almost everyone does it. The urge often comes in the middle of a phone call, during a car ride or when there isn’t a bathroom nearby. Regularly holding the urine can increase pressure. Later that can lead to kidney stones and kidney failure. When nature calls, the best thing to do is to listen.
Being Deficient in Minerals and Vitamins
Eating healthy food is important for our general health, especially for kidney function. There are multiple deficiencies that can increase the risk of kidney stones or kidney failure, like magnesium and Vitamin B6.
Drinking Coffee in Excess
Too Much Animal Protein Consumption
Consuming too much read meat or animal protein increases the metabolic load on the kidneys. The more animal protein we consume, the harder the kidneys have to work. It can lead to kidney damage and cause stress.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to a lot of health problems, including kidney disease. While we sleep, our body actually works to repair kidney tissue that is maybe damaged. Therefore, depriving the body of sleep makes it harder to heal.
Prescription drugs and drugs that we often take for pains and aches are bad for our kidneys. They definitely have harmful side effects that may arise. Abuse or excessive use of painkillers can lead to liver damage and severe kidney damage.
Drinking Too Much Alcohol
Most people enjoy drinking glass of beer or wine. And that’s healthy. But more than one drink few times a week can raise the kidney damage risk. Alcohol puts stress on the liver and kidneys.
This video with Dr. Axe will teach you how to stay healthy and keep your kidneys healthy!
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