Habits That Can Damage The Kidneys
There are various or numerous habits that can damage the kidneys. The kidneys work 24/7 all year round since the day we were born. Kidneys have no vacation. It can only be healthy living or a great luck that will keep them functioning properly till the end of our life span.
Unawareness is our greatest enemy when it comes to kidney disease. When I was younger, I had a German Shepard with kidney disease. I loved the dog so much that I would save up my allowance to pay for his treatments at the vet. I invested so much money and time trying to save his life, but I did it wrong. Every day, I would feed him with lots of protein. I didn’t know that the protein was killing him. If I would have known differently, maybe the treatments might have worked. Maybe he would have lived longer, but I was not aware of the danger of my actions.
It’s so sad that some people are trying to get rich by giving CKD patients wrong advice. Cook books for renal disease patients which include Avocado, Broccoli, Banana and Chicken with the skin. This is wrong. If you are not yet on dialysis, please stay away from such foods because they can do more harm to your kidneys.
Use qualified dietitians recommended by your medical provider only. Don’t let people take you for a fool and don’t be ignorant.
Here are some habits that can damage the kidneys and some of them we are not even aware of:
Drinking too less water:
detoxification is the kidney’s primary function. Insufficient water for the kidneys to work with, means that toxin will build up in the body and this can affect the kidney function.
Lack of sleep:
the body repairs damaged tissues while we sleep. When we deprive ourselves of sleep, we are also depriving the body of repairing damaged tissues and this can result in several health problems which include kidney disease.
some people can’t do without it. These pills naturally deteriorate or damage the kidneys.
Lack of exercise:
it protects not just your kidneys, but your whole well-being. Study shows that women in menopause with lack of exercise have a 31% higher risk of kidney stones.
studies show that people who consume two or more soda a day are at higher risk of suffering from kidney disease.
Excessive animal protein:
pork and red meat especially increases work load on the kidneys. Is eating meat really necessary? Regular or excessive consumption of red meat can lead to kidney failure or other diseases.
excessive consumption of alcohol can damage the kidneys. If you must drink, one glass of red wine is recommended.
high sugar consumption increases the protein content in our body which thereby increases pressure on the kidneys. Be careful with fruits.
salt increases the blood pressure which in turn stresses the kidneys. Reduce your salt consumptions and the best way to do this is by cooking your own food and avoiding prepackaged foods.
remember that when you restrain yourself from urinating, you are putting pressure on your kidney. The kidneys are responsible for producing hormones, absorbing minerals, filtering blood, producing urine and maintaining a balanced alkaline acid. Urinate as soon as you need to so as not to stress your kidneys.
this increases the risk of artery sclerosis, narrows the blood vessels in the kidneys, accelerates the loss of kidney function, increases blood pressure and heart rate and damages arterioles. Smoking can also cause the kidney disease to progress and increase the risk of proteinuria (excessive amount of protein in the urine).
Lack of vitamins and minerals:
vitamin B6 and magnesium are important for proper functioning of the kidneys. Consume fish e.g. mackerel for magnesium and wild salmon or herring for vitamin B6.
These are some of the habits that can damage the kidneys. A healthy habit means a healthy living. It is never too late to start living healthy. Give it a try and you will realize how good you feel with yourself.