Filtering about 120-150 quarts of blood to produce 1-2 quarts of urine, it’s no wonder the kidneys are vital for survival. In fact these important organs perform a number of vital functions like preventing waste accumulation in the body, keeping electrolyte levels in check, and secreting hormones that regulate blood pressure, produce blood cells, and help maintain strong bones. In other words, they are in charge of overall health.
Here’s What You Need to Do to Protect Your Kidneys:
- Not Emptying Your Bladder
A very, very bad idea is retaining urine in your bladder, so when nature calls, you should listen. If you do it regularly, it can increase the urine pressure in your kidneys and lead to incontinence or renal failure.
- Not drinking enough water
In order to perform their functions, kidneys need to be properly hydrated. The toxins will accumulate in the blood if you are not drinking enough, as there isn’t enough fluid to drain the toxins through the kidneys. It is suggested to drink at least 12 glasses of water per day. The easiest way to see if you are drinking enough is to check the color of your urine.
- High Salt Consumption
Although our bodies are dependent on sodium or salt for proper function, excessive consumption of salt increases blood pressure, which consequently puts a lot of pressure on your kidneys. Your daily salt intake shouldn’t exceed 5g a day.
- Regular Use of Analgesics
Why do you take medications so fast, and in such big doses, more often not in the right way!? Yes, it is very easy and helpful to get and swallow a pill immediately after some pain occurs, but what happens in your body? All of these pharmaceutical drugs have their side effects, many of them causing damages to the kidneys. Accordingly, there are some drugs you should be taking. See the next point.
- High Protein Diet
Excessive consumption of red meat burdens the entire metabolism leading to kidney dysfunction or kidney failure over time. A recent Harvard University study found that too much protein in your diet can damage the kidneys because of a protein metabolism byproduct – ammonia, which is a toxin the kidneys must neutralize. In other words, more protein means a greater burden on the kidneys.
- Too much alcohol consumption
Alcohol contains toxins that can damage the liver and the kidneys. Drink alcohol in moderation if you want to avoid kidney disease.
- Consuming too much caffeine
Similar to salt, large quantities of caffeine not only increase your blood pressure, but also put a lot of strain on your kidneys, and regular consumption can lead to kidney damage.
- Ignoring Common Infections
Don’t ever ignore small infections like coughs, colds, flu, pharyngitis, tonsillitis and many more, since many times these can be the first alarm that something is wrong to your kidneys. People who have damaged kidneys usually have a history of not resting while they are sick. In addition, people with a kidney disease are prone to get sick more often and are more sensitive to weather changes.