The kidneys perform a very important function in the body, and they are in the shape of a bean. Kidneys prevent the buildup of toxins and waste in the body by filtering about 120-150 quarts of urine, excess fluid and waste every day.
The kidneys are situated on both sides of the spine right under the rib cage, and they are big as a fist. Their job is to maintain normal levels of electrolyte and also produce hormones that keep the bone healthy, regulate the blood pressure and produce red blood cells.
It is quite common that a person does not have any symptoms or signs of kidney damage, and that is why it is very important to take some actions as a prevention and to keep the kidneys healthy.
There are some habits that can cause serious damage to your kidneys and can overload their function, and here are the 10 most common:
1. Holding Urine
Kidney stones and kidney damage can be a result of holding in urine because the pressure in the kidneys is increased.
2. Excessive Sugar Intake
Experts have discovered that consuming two or more sugary drinks every day have an increased risk of getting protein in the urine, which is a sign of damage of the kidneys.
3. Sleep deprivation
Chronic lack of sleep can lead to lots of health condition, such as kidney disease, because the body needs to rest in order to repair the damage of the tissues of the kidney.
4. Excessive drinking coffee
Excessive caffeine intake increases the blood pressure and lead to stress, and also as a result of too much caffeine, the kidneys can become damaged.
5. Excessive intake of animal protein
Too much animal protein will put pressure on the function of kidneys due to metabolic load, so the proper functioning of the kidneys might be damaged with excessive protein intake.
6. Excessive alcohol use
The kidney may get damaged with consummation of more than one alcoholic drink a day, few times a week. This is because alcohol stresses the liver and the kidneys.
7. Not drinking enough water
If you do not intake sufficient amount of water in your body, it will not be able to throw out the waste and toxins and they will start to build up in the body and cause serious damage to your kidneys.
8. Excessive salt intake
The kidneys can get damaged by too much intake of sodium, because it increases the blood pressure and also put a lot of pressure on the kidneys.
9. Lack of minerals and vitamins
The food that we eat can also have huge influence on the functioning of the kidneys, so if there is any lack of minerals and vitamins, for example vitamin B6 and magnesium, the function of the kidneys will be reduced.
10. Painkillers abuse
In case of pains and aches, the usual treatment are prescription and over-the –counter drugs, but the bad news is that they are full with harmful chemicals, and they can cause further complications. In case of excessive use of these medications it can cause liver and kidney damage.
Here is a video from Dr. Axe which will show you how to clean your kidneys and improve their health and also their health.