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These habits may damage your kidneys. Here is why.

The kidney is such a vital organ in the body and hence needs to be accorded with attention and care. The prevalence of kidney failure in Ghana is on the rise, and hence the need to be on guard and implement changes in our lifestyle that will minimize its occurrence. Kidney failure is the last stage of kidney disease. It is a gradual process, and one has to lose about 85%-90% of kidney functions to get to that stage. Below are the things you are doing that is gradually damaging your kidney. 

Overuse of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). These pain medications are easily addicted to as they help relieve your pain, and hence you tend to buy them over the counter instead of visiting your doctor for your body pains. Some examples of NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and diclofenac. If you are using any, make sure it is prescribed by your doctor, and do not take an overdose as it will damage your kidneys. 

Excessive drinking of alcohol and smoking. Alcohol contains toxins and though it is the kidney's responsibility to remove these toxins, regular drinking in excess puts the kidney under pressure, and it later begins to damage it. Also, alcohol raises blood pressure which is one of the most common causes of kidney failure. Drinking alcohol or alcoholic drinks coupled with smoking will damage your kidney faster than drinking in isolation. 

Poor dieting may put you at risk of developing kidney disease. Consuming diets that contain too much salt, such as processed foods, is not good for your kidney's health. Salt contains sodium which raises blood pressure and as stated above, high blood pressure is a common cause of kidney failure. 

Inadequate intake of water. Hydration helps the kidneys excrete sodium, toxins, and wastes. It's one of the best ways of preventing kidney stones. Therefore, starving yourself of water is not going to help the kidney perform its functions well. It's good to take at least 1.5 L to 2 L of water daily. 

Thank you for reading through to the end. I hope you will make the right choice to keep your kidney healthy. 

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