Every organ in our body is super important for our health. But our kidneys are vital organs that keep our blood clean and chemically balanced. They produce hormones, absorb minerals, produce urine, eliminate toxins, and neutralize acids. So as one of the most important organs in your body, your kidneys deserve some love.
Kidney disease can often go unnoticed for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late.
Here’s a list of 7 common habits that put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and can cause serious damage over time:
1. Not Drinking Enough Water
This is the most common mistake and the most dangerous. When you don’t drink enough plain water during the day, toxins and waste material start to accumulate and can cause severe damage to your body. Your kidney’s most important function is to filter blood and eliminate toxins, and for that they need plenty of water.
2. Frequently Delaying The Call Of Nature
Ever been to busy to go to the bathroom? Well, you’re not alone. Many of us ignore the urge to go because they are too busy or want to avoid public bathrooms. Retaining urine on a regular basis increases urine pressure and can lead to kidney failure, kidney stones, and incontinence. So listen to your body when nature calls.
3. Sleep Deprivation
Been there, done that… way too many times. We have all heard how important it is to get a good night’s rest. During the night your body repairs damaged kidney tissue, so give your body the time to heal and repair itself. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to many diseases and kidney diseases are also on the list.
4. Too Much Salt In Your Diet
In order to work properly, your body needs salt (sodium). But most people, however, consume too much salt which may raise blood pressure and put a lot of stress on the kidneys. As a good rule of thumb, no more than 5 grams of salt should be eaten on a daily basis.
5. Love Sugar? Time To Kick The Habit
Almost everyone I know love sweets. But scientific studies show that people who consume 2 or more sugary drinks a day are more likely to have protein in their urine. Having protein in your urine is an early sign your kidneys are not doing their job as they should.
6. Too Much Animal Protein
Excessive protein in your diet means your kidneys have to work harder and this can lead to kidney damage or dysfunction over time. Over-consumption of protein, especially red meat, increases the metabolic load on your kidneys.
7. Alcohol Consumption
There is nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine or having a beer once in a while. The problem is that most of us don’t stop after just one drink. Drinking too much alcohol puts a lot of stress on our kidneys and liver.
If you want to reset your kidneys and heal your body from the inside out, it is important to avoid these common habits as much as possible, and eat lots of fresh, whole foods. It can improve your health and save tons of money in medical bills.
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