One of the most important organs in the human body are kidneys. They perform a very important functions and that’s why we should take an enormous care of them.
Did you know that the kidneys filter about 120-150 quarts of blood, to produce 1-2 quarts of urine, filtering waste and extra fluid out of the body? As we already said, they perform a lot of vital functions in our body, such as: prevent the buildup of waste in the body, keep electrolyte levels stable, and make hormones that regulate blood pressure, make blood cells, and maintain strong bones.
In this article we will tell you the 8 habits which can damage your kidneys, but you still do them every day. You will need to stop doing them immediately and doing the following in order to protect them:
1.Not Emptying Your Bladder
You should listen when nature calls. So, you should not retain urine in your bladder because that is a totally bed idea. If you do that bed habit regularly, it can increase the urine pressure in your kidneys and lead to renal failure or incontinence.
2.Not drinking enough water
Our kidneys need to get properly amount of water in order to perform their function. If we don’t drink enough water, the toxins can can start accumulating in the blood, as there isn’t enough fluid to drain them through the kidneys. It is recommended drinking at least 12 glasses of water per day. It is easy to know whether you drink enough water or not by checking your urine’s color.
3.High Salt Consumption
Even though salt is important for our body, its consumption should be limited. Over consumption of salt can can raise your blood pressure and put too much strain on the kidneys. It should be consumed 5.8 grams of salt per day so take it easy with that salt shaker.
4.Regular Use of Analgesics
Very often, we take medications too fast, not in the right way and as well as in big doses. It’s very easy to swallow the pillow when the pain appears, but we should think twice about that. All pharmaceutical drugs come with side effects, and many cause damage to the kidneys.
5.High Protein Diet
Protein is very good and powerful for our body, but its over consumption can lead to some kidney diseases. There was a study by group of experts in the University of Harvard, which have discovered that too much protein in your diet can harm the kidneys. The byproduct of protein digestion is ammonia – a toxin your hard-working kidneys need to neutralize. If you take more proteins, the effort for kidneys is bigger, and that can lead to decreased function.
6.Too much alcohol consumption
It is very well known that the toxins which alcohol consists are bed for the liver, but they can also be bed for the kidneys. According to Kidney Health Australia and American Kidney Fund, one way to avoid kidney disease is to drink alcohol in small amounts.
7.Consuming too much caffeine
More often we consume caffeine more then we think we do. It features in many soft drinks and sodas, so it increases the pressure and negatively affects the kidneys.
Ignoring Common Infections
If we ignore some common infections like colds, the flu, coughs, pharyngitis, tonsillitis and others can also be dangerous for our kidneys. They can cause a huge damage. People who have kidney disease often have a history of not resting when they are sick. Also, people that have kidney diseases are often more sensitive to weather changes and they easily get sick.