Kidneys are very important to our health and play an important role in our body. Kidneys eliminate toxins, filter the blood, absorb minerals and neutralize acids. Damage to the kidneys can often go unnoticed for years as kidneys can function, with as little as 20 percent of their capacity. This is why the term “silent diseases” are called for kidney diseases. It is therefore very important to take care of them before it is too late.
Below are a list of 8 common habits that put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and can cause serious damage over time.
- Not drinking enough water
The kidneys need to be hydrated properly to perform their functions. Not drinking enough water, can make toxins accumulate in the blood, as there will not be enough fluid to drain them through the kidneys.
- Delaying the call of nature
Frequently retaining urine on a regular basis increases urine pressure and may lead to kidney stones even kidney failure. Instead of delaying when you have to go heed your body when nature calls.
- Too much salt in your diet
The body needs salt or sodium to work properly. However, some people however consume too much salt, which can put a lot of stress on the kidneys and raise blood pressure. It is recommended that no more than 5 grams of salt should be eaten on a daily basis.
- Drop the sugar habit
Individuals who consume at least two or more sugary drinks per day are more likely to have protein in their urine. Protein in your urine is an early sign that your kidneys are not doing their job as they should. A study conducted at the University in Japan suggested that drinking two or more soda drinks per day can result in a higher risk of kidney disease. Those that consumed a huge amount of soda were more likely to have protein in their urine. Proteinuria or protein in urine is an indication of kidney damage but when discovered at that stage the disease can still be reversed.
- Not getting enough sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is not only beneficial to your health but to your kidneys as well. Kidney tissue gets renewed during the night so sleep interruptions may cause damage to this organ.
- Too much animal protein
Consumption of too much protein most especially red meat increases the metabolic load on your kidneys. More protein in your diet means the kidneys have to work harder and may eventually lead to kidney damage or dysfunction over time.
- Alcohol consumption
Alcohol is the illegal toxin that puts a lot of stress on the liver and kidneys when consumed in large amount. Drinking a glass of beer or red wine once in a while is good but consuming more than that is not healthy.
- Mineral and vitamin deficiencies
A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is vital for your kidney function and overall health. The risk of kidney failure and kidney stones are higher when vitamins and minerals are deficient magnesium and vitamin b6 are very important in reducing the risk of kidney stones.