Here we offer a list of things to avoid if you want to keep your kidneys healthy.
Although they are very important, many of us don’t pay attention to the kidneys, thus million people die annually from kidney diseases. You should avoid these things if you want to have healthy kidneys:
- Not enough water
Not drinking enough water can be one of the causes for kidney damage, because it happens every day. The main objective of the kidney is to excrete metabolic waste from the body in order to regulate the balance of electrolytes. If the body is not hydrated properly, blood circulation is reduced, which results with toxins remaining in the blood.
- Full Bladder
Many of us have a habit to postpone urinating. If the bladder has been full of urine for a long time, it can lead to various complications in the urinary tract. Muscle hypertrophy is one of the complications that can lead to diverticulitis (creating a hole or water bubble in the body). Hydronephrosis (the increase in the pressure of the urine in the kidney) is another complication that occurs due to chronic pressure on the back of the kidneys.
- Too much sodium
The processing of sodium is another task performed by the kidneys. Salt is the main source of sodium, and most of the sodium should be excreted from the body. When we eat a lot of salty food, kidneys are overloaded because they have to release higher amounts of sodium and on the long term, this can be very hard on the kidneys.
- Too much caffeine
When we are thirsty, we often do not reach for water, but for juices and carbonated drinks. Many of these drinks contain caffeine. Caffeine can raise blood pressure, which further puts pressure on the kidneys and that can damage them too.
Taking painkillers for small and bearable pains is a nasty habit most people have. Most painkillers have dangerous side effects, can damage various organs, especially the kidneys. Studies have shown that long-term intake of painkillers reduces blood circulation and also reduces kidney function.
- Too much protein
Too much red meat and other foods rich in protein may further aggravate the already damaged kidneys. Foods high in protein are basically healthy, but not if you have damaged kidneys. Too many proteins are a heavy load for the kidneys.
- Ignoring the flu and colds
Ignoring a simple cold and flu can lead to kidney damage. Studies have shown that people with damaged kidneys also have a habit of avoiding rests when they are sick. It has been discovered that people with sick kidneys are sensitive to weather changes also.
- Too much alcohol
When you drink alcohol, you often don’t pay attention to the quantity which is adequate for good health. The habit of drinking too much alcohol damages the kidneys. Alcohol contains numerous toxins that are harmful for the kidneys.