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Health: Stop These 8 Habits, They Can Damage Your Kidneys

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a fist, located just below the rib cage on either side of the spine. Every day, the kidneys filter several liters of urine, waste and excess fluid in order to prevent the build-up of waste products in the body.

The kidneys keep electrolyte levels stable and produce hormones that help regulate blood pressure, produce red blood cells, and maintain strong bones. Healthy kidneys are essential for the proper functioning of the whole body. Kidney damage can often go unnoticed, so it's important to take preventative measures to keep your kidneys healthy.


Here is a list of eight common habits you may not realize that put a lot of strain on your kidneys and can lead to serious kidney damage over time.

1. Not drinking enough water


One of the important functions of the kidneys is to filter the blood and remove toxins and wastes that can harm the body. When you don't drink enough water, these toxins and wastes start to build up, causing serious damage.


2. Consuming too much salt


The body needs sodium to function properly, but too much sodium can cause damage. Most people take too much of it, which can raise blood pressure and stress the kidneys.


3. Holding back urine

It may sound strange, but almost everyone does. The impulse often comes during a car ride, in the middle of a phone call, or when there is no toilet nearby. Regular retention of urine increases pressure, which can lead to kidney failure. When nature calls, it is better to listen.


4. Consuming too much coffee


Coffee contains caffeine, and caffeine can raise blood pressure and further stress the kidneys, just like salt. Over time, consuming too much coffee (or caffeine, such as energy drinks) can damage the kidneys.


5. Consuming too much protein of animal origin


Consuming excess animal protein (especially red meat) increases the metabolic load on the kidneys. The more animal protein you eat, the harder your kidneys have to work, which can cause stress and kidney damage.


6. Consume too much alcohol

Consuming too much alcohol not only harms the kidney, but also the liver. Most people drink a glass of wine or a beer here and there, but several glasses a week can increase the risk of kidney damage. Alcohol puts a strain on the kidneys and liver.


7. Abuse of analgesics


Over-the-counter and prescription drugs are commonly prescribed for pain relief, without worrying about the harmful side effects that can result. Excessive or overuse of pain relievers can cause serious damage to the kidneys and liver.


8. Depriving yourself of sleep


Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to many health problems, including kidney disease. The body works while it sleeps to repair kidney tissue that can be damaged. Therefore, depriving the body of sleep makes healing more difficult.

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