The kidney is a vital organ that eliminates metabolic waste from our body. However, there are certain foods that can damage the kidney.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you want a healthy kidney;
- Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water daily.
- Ensure you eat a well-balanced diet as this would ensure you consume the necessary vitamins and minerals for a healthy kidney. However, avoid consuming a lot of salty and fatty foods.
- Ensure you get your blood pressure routinely checked. High blood pressure increases the risk of kidney and heart problems.
- Drop the bad habit of smoking cigarettes. Also, minimize your consumption of alcohol.
- Ensure you maintain an optimal weight as being obese can adversely affect the functioning of your kidney.
- Be cautious not to over-use supplements and herbal remedies as these could overwork your kidney.
- Don’t be overly dependent on over-the-counter medications as extended use of such could lead to liver damage.
- If you are at risk of kidney damage, especially based on genetics or poor lifestyle choices, it is advisable to opt for regular kidney screenings.
Below are 8 common foods that can damage our kidneys.
A diet that is loaded with a lot of red meat (animal protein) could be harmful to our kidney. This is because it could lead to over-working of the kidney when the kidney attempts to metabolize it. This could lead to accumulation of acidic residue in our body when the kidney can’t remove our waste products.
Too much alcohol could also overwork the kidney. thus, preventing the kidney from properly filtering waste from our blood. Alcohol could also cause dehydration. Dehydration could cause our tissues and organs from working properly.
Excess amount of sodium could cause the kidney to retain water. Excess salt can also increase the amount of protein that is eliminated in urine.
Caffeine in coffee, tea and sodas accelerates blood flow which in turn increase blood pressure. This can increase the rate of work done by the kidney. Furthermore, caffeine can cause body dehydration just like table salt. Dehydration could also lead to kidney stones.
Artificial sweeteners are bad for our kidney and health. However, because of the bad press sugar has been getting in recent years, many companies have started using artificial sweeteners. Try and stare clear from such sweeteners. Instead use stevia or honey to sweeten your beverage.
While diary products are an excellent source of protein, they should be consumed in moderation especially for people with kidney disease(s). This is because too many diary products would increase calcium in urine which could lead to kidney stones. Furthermore, the potassium, in dairy products, can accumulate in the blood which could then trigger heart or muscle issues.
Carbonated beverages (sodas, and energy drinks) are the major causes of kidney problems. This is because they are loaded with artificial sweeteners, sugar and caffeine. They may have a refreshing taste but have no health benefits for your kidneys.
Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
Foods that have been genetically modified can create more problems for people who are already struggling with kidney challenges.
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