By Olabisi Salau
Do you all know that the kidneys are one of the most important hard-working organs of the body and we have to take care of them in a healthy way?
The kidneys help us to clean the bodies of toxins but sometimes, we make it harder for the kidney to work because of some habits, this only makes it a challenge for the kidney.
In this article they’re a list of some of the habits we need to be aware of and how they affect the kidneys:
1). Overusing Painkillers:
Some of us try to relieve the pains with some over-the-counter pain medicines, these may help alleviate these aches and pains but they can also harm your kidneys especially if the kidney is having issues already. You shouldn’t overuse them and also don’t try to go over the recommended dosage.
2). Excessive intake of salt:
Foods that are high in salt are also high in sodium and this can increase the blood pressure, in turn, which can also harm your kidneys. It’s advisable to flavour your foods with spices and herbs instead of salt.
3). Consumption of Processed foods:
These are very high sources of sodium and phosphorus. People who have kidney disease should limit taking these kinds of stuff. Research has reported that taking phosphorus from processed foods will be dangerous even for people without kidney disease as it can be harmful and bad to their bones and kidneys.
4). Sleep Deprivation:
Good night’s sleep is extremely important to our body generally and also your kidneys. The functions of the kidney can be regulated by the sleep-wake cycle which also helps to coordinate the workload of the kidneys over 24 hours.
Staying hydrated is underrated most times as this normally helps the kidney to clear out sodium and toxins from the body. Drinking enough water is another great way to avoid and prevent painful kidney stones.
6). Eating too much meat
Proteins from animals generate high numbers of acid in the blood and this can be very harmful to the kidneys and can cause acidosis this is a condition where the hereness can’t take out acid effectively fast from the body. Protein as we all know is needed for upkeep, growth, and also helps in the repairs of the body’s parts but it should be balanced with fruits and vegetables too.
7). Excessive intake of Sugar:
Sugar is a contribution and also to obesity. This increases the chances of developing diabetes and also high blood pressure, which are the two most leading causes of kidney disease. Also avoiding white bread, breakfast cereals which are some sneaky sources of processed sugar.
Taking all this into consideration will help to reduce the chances of having kidney disease and will make the kidney healthy and effective.