The top-ten habits that can harm your kidneys

YOUR kidneys are two of the most important organs in your body, They filter your blood, produce hormones, eliminate toxins, absorb minerals, produce urine, neutralise acids – and more.

They play vital roles in several of your body’s major functions, and, if they’re not properly taken care of, they can develop some serious health concerns, in the long run.

Top 10 deadly habits

Damage and the decline of kidney health can go unnoticed for several years. They’re tough, and can weather a lot, and are even able to function with as little as 20% of their capacity. Just like most things, however, they do have their breaking points.

Because of how long your kidneys can tolerate disease and decline, kidney complaints are often referred to as “silent diseases”. Because of this “silent” nature, people often won’t realise that kidney disease is affecting them, until it’s too late.

Here are 10 of the top habits that can put a lot of strain on your kidneys, and cause them to decline or develop disease, over time:

Not drinking enough water

Some of your kidney’s top functions are filtering blood, and eliminating toxins and waste from you body. If you’re frequently dehydrated, and not getting enough water, then waste and toxins can start to build up, causing damage to your kidneys.

Too much salt in your diet

Salt is an important mineral for your health, but people tend to consume too much, on a daily basis, which causes blood pressure to rise. This puts a lot of stress on the kidneys. The general recommendation for salt consumption is no more than 5 grams a day.

Delaying the call of nature

Your kidneys play a major role in producing urine and removing it from your body. If you often resist the urge to urinate because you’re too busy or occupied with other things, then a lot of pressure is placed on your kidneys, which can lead to kidney disease, kidney stones, kidney failure and incontinence.

Kick the sugar habit

The over-consumption of sugar can play a big role in the health and functionality of your kidneys. Studies have shown how people who consume two or more sugary drinks a day end up having protein in their urine, which is one of the first indicators that your kidneys aren’t working as they should be.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Eating a clean, well-rounded, whole-food diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, isn’t just for weight loss. It also ensures that you are getting the proper nutrition fuelled into your system. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can end up being the underlying causes for several health concerns. For instance, when it comes to your kidneys, being deficient in Vitamin B6 and magnesium (one of today’s top nutrient deficiencies) can increase the risk of kidney stones.

Too much animal protein

Eating high amounts of meats, especially red, processes a lot of protein into your system, which can increase the metabolic load on your kidneys. The over-consumption of protein tends to overwork your kidneys, and this consistent stress can lead to kidney damage and dysfunction. Try lessening the amount of meat you eat, and try getting some of your protein from plant-based sources.

Sleep deprivation

Sleeping gives your body the chance it needs to recuperate and heal, including any stress or damage done to your kidneys. Chronic sleep deprivation keeps your body from being able to heal properly, and can lead to even further stress and damage to your kidneys.

Caffeine habit

Just like salt, caffeine can also raise your blood pressure and ultimately place a lot of stress on your kidneys.This can cause damage, over time, if you consume too much coffee or other highly-caffeinated beverages.

Painkiller abuse

Painkillers can be a major go-to for almost any ache or pain, and even  minor ailments. While it may seem harmless, frequently taking painkillers can put a lot of extra tension on your kidneys, and cause harm or damage. There are many natural remedies and treatments available that can help reduce the need for painkillers.

Alcohol consumption

Though an occasional glass of wine or a drink doesn’t do too much harm to our bodies, most people don’t stop after just one. Alcohol is actually a legal toxin, and when you consume an excessive amount of it at one time, or on a frequent basis, it really overworks your kidneys, and can lead to kidney damage and disease, later on.


To take the best care of your kidneys possible, focus on shifting to a clean, whole-foods diet. Keep these tips in mind, to aid in breaking any habits that have a negative effect on your kidneys. The better you take care of them, the better they can take care of you.


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