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10 Habits That Can Seriously Damage Your Kidneys

All of you are already aware of the importance of the kidney for the entire body and overall health. These bean shaped organs filter around 120-150 quarts of urine, waste and excess fluid daily.

It also protects the body against the accumulation of waste. Their function is to regulate the electrolyte levels and produce hormones that support bone health, produce red blood cells and regulate blood pressure.

habits that can damage the kidneys

Often, individuals do not experience any warning sign of a damage of the kidneys, so it is necessary to know how to support kidney health.

There are many habits that can lead to severe kidney damage overtime and can put a lot of pressure on these organs.

Here, we have listed some of the habits that can damage the kidneys. Read further to know about the common habits that damage your kidneys.

1. Excessive Alcohol Use:

The consumption of more than one drink everyday for weeks increases the risk of kidney damage. This is because alcohol can put stress on the kidneys and liver.

2. Holding Urine:

Holding in urine often increase the pressure that might cause kidney failure and kidney stones.

3. Not Drinking Enough Water:

If you don't drink enough water then the waste and the toxins that should be eliminated from the body will start to accumulate and lead to severe kidney damage.

4. Excessive Sugar Intake:

Researchers have found that people who drank more than two sugary drinks on a daily basis have more chances to have protein in their urine. This is an early symptom if improper function of kidneys.

5. Excessive Salt Intake:

Excess levels of sodium in the body can also lead to kidney damage. This is because, it can apply pressure on the organs and raise the blood pressure.

6. Sleep Deprivation:

Chronic sleep deprivation is one of the factors that can lead to kidney damage. The body requires enough sleep at night to repair the damage to the kidneys.

7. Vitamin And Mineral Deficiency:

The function of the kidneys mostly depend on the foods that you consume. If your body lacks in vitamins and minerals like magnesium and vitamin B6, then your body will not function properly.

8. Excessive Intake Of Coffee:

Caffeine can cause stress on the kidneys and raise the blood pressure levels. Excessive intake can lead to the damage of the kidneys over a period of time.

9. Painkiller Abuse:

Some drugs that are used for the treatment of pains and aches are loaded with dangerous chemicals that can lead to more complications. One of the side effects of these is severe kidney and liver damage.

10. Excessive Animal Protein Intake:

The increased usage of animal protein like red meat can boost the metabolic load on the kidneys. Hence it is recommended to avoid the intake of red meat.

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    Story first published: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:30 [IST]
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