10 Bad Habits That Are Killing Your Kidneys

Health is one of the most vital aspects of our well-being. Good health is the cornerstone of a happy and active lifestyle. But, often, we forget to pay attention to this aspect of our body. We immerse ourselves in our schedules so much so that it becomes nearly impossible for us to consider our health a top priority. Slowly, but surely, we are damaging our health. We try to find easy alternatives to everything. We replace healthy, home cooked meals with fast food, we replace a calming and peaceful walk with scurrying up the stairs to our office, we replace water with cups and cups of coffee to help us power through a day.

Our lifestyle greatly affects our body both as a whole and as a part. One of the most important systems in our body is our urinary system. It filters out the toxic wastes from our body and keeps our blood clean. The kidneys, which are a part of the urinary system is our body’s very own filter. Proper functioning of kidneys is necessary to ensure that we stay in good health as the kidney not only filter out waste products from our body but also regulates several hormones essential for the body to function properly.

Like everything else, there are a number of daily habits that can affect the functioning of kidneys and result in causing some serious damage to them. If you happen to have a problem with your kidneys, some of the few symptoms that you will notice include blood in the urine, nausea, itchy skin, pain in the lower abdomen, and so on. But you never really know what might be happening with your body. Sometimes the kidneys may be highly damaged even before the symptoms begin to appear.

So what can you do to ensure the health of your kidneys? There are a number of habits in your daily life that can lead to improper functioning of the kidneys, here is a couple of them.

Eating too much salt: Salt is an essential component of food and it is required for the proper functioning of the body. This being said, an excessive intake of salt can lead to serious health problems. Eating too much salt can result in kidney stones which can result in extreme pain while urination and cause nausea as well. In addition, consuming too much salt can increase blood pressure which is again dangerous to your overall health.

Too many painkillers: You might find it easier to pop a painkiller into your mouth each time you feel the onset of a headache, joint pain, or pain of any sort in general. But what you may not realize is that painkillers have a dire effect on your body, especially the kidneys. They affect the functioning of the kidneys as they have to work harder to filter out the toxic wastes of the painkillers out from your body. Consuming too many painkillers can lead to complete kidney failure.

Excessive consumption of meat: Protein derived from meat is an important part of your diet. Protein is important for the muscles to repair and maintain themselves and it is also important in the regulation of a number of bodily functions. Eating too much protein, however, can cause crystal build up in the kidneys, resulting in kidney stones. In addition, too much protein can lead to total kidney failure as the kidneys have to work hard to filter out excess acid in the blood that arises due to over-consumption of protein leading to a condition called acidosis.

Drinking too much diet soda: Aerated drinks, as a rule, are generally not good for health. They contain a lot of sugar which can adversely affect the health of your body. It can also become addictive in which case it acts as a contributing factor in case of diabetes, obesity, and a number of other health conditions. Moreover, drinking diet soda can have an ill effect on the functioning of the kidneys. Consuming up to two diet sodas every day can lower the efficiency of the kidneys by nearly 30%

Not drinking enough water: Water is one of the most important elements that allow your kidneys to function properly. Kidneys filter out the wastes and expel them from our body with the help of water. When your body becomes dehydrated, the waste in your blood becomes concentrated and the kidneys have to work twice as much to try and filter out these wastes. Gradually the urine changes color which is when you know there is something wrong with your kidneys.

Processed foods: Processed foods are preserved using a lot of preservatives. Often, preservatives contain a lot of salt in them which can affect the proper functioning of the kidneys. In addition, processed foods are also high in Phosphorus which is again a factor that contributes to kidney failure. Excessive consumption of processed foods must be avoided.

Working out too much: You might think that working out to excess at once may increase your strength and make you appear healthier. But that is totally a misconception. In fact, working out and lifting heavy weights all of a sudden can cause a condition where damaged muscle tissues break down too fast. As a result, these damaged tissues dump a lot of waste in your blood making it harder for kidneys to properly filter out the wastes from the blood. In addition, intake of anabolic steroids to enhance your body can also result in kidney failure.

Using too much heartburn medication: Many of us are prone to ignoring the instructions that are to be followed while using certain medications. This includes heartburn medications as well. Consuming too many painkillers can damage your kidneys.

Smoking and drinking alcohol: Smoking is a strict no-no as it has an adverse effect on the body as a whole. In addition to aging you faster and making you more prone to a number of health conditions such as cancer, bronchitis, and so on, smoking makes you 5 times more likely to have damaged kidneys than a person who does not smoke. Consuming too much alcohol has the same effect and the combination of the two can prove to be dangerous to your overall health.

So these are some of the habits that may be damaging your kidneys. Do you happen to be committing any of these mistakes? If so, time to make some changes in your lifestyle.

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Brother or sister,

1. Our bodies are God’s temple.

2. God has given us healthy things to put in our bodies.

3. We need to take care of our bodies, so we can be strong to care for those around us.

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Aaron Tabor, MD