Six Habits That Can Damage Your Kidney
1. Delaying going to a toilet
Keeping your urine in your bladder for too long is a bad idea. It will not only cause bladder damage but the urine that stays long in the bladder multiplies bacteria quickly. Once the urine refluxes back to the ureter and kidneys, the toxic substances can result in kidney infections, then urinary tract infections, and then nephritis, and even uremia don’t reject nature when she calls take that leak.
2. Eating too much salt
Your body removes unwanted fluid by filtering your blood through your kidney, to draw excess water out of your blood. This requires a balance of sodium and potassium to pull the water across the wall from the bloodstream into a collecting channel in the kidney. A high salt diet will alter this sodium balance, causing the kidneys to have reduced function and remove less water resulting in higher blood pressure. This puts strain on the kidneys and can lead to kidney disease.
More so, a high salt intake has been shown to increase the amount of protein in the urine which is a major risk factor for the decline of kidney function. There is also increasing evidence that a high salt intake may increase deterioration of kidney disease in people already suffering from kidney problems.
3. Eating too much meat: Too much protein in your diet is harmful for your kidneys. Protein digestion produces ammonia – a toxin that is very destructive to your kidneys. More meat equals more kidney damage.
4 Drinking too much caffeine
Caffeine is a component of many sodas and soft drinks. It raises your blood pressure and your kidney start suffering. So you should cut down the amount of carbonated drink like coke you have daily.
5. Not drinking water
Our kidneys should be hydrated properly to perform their functions well. When the body is deficient of water, the toxins can start accumulating in the blood, as there isn’t enough fluid to drain them through the kidneys. Drink more than 10 glasses of water daily. There is an easy way to check if you are drinking enough water: look at the colour of your urine; the lighter the colour, the better.
6. Late treatment
Treat all your health problems properly and have your health checked regularly. When you notice any strange change in your body please see your doctor as a delay might just be dangerous.