Kidney disease kills more than 90,000 Americans annually, according to the National Kidney Foundation. This is considered more than prostate or breast cancer.
If we want to live a healthy life for a long time, we must take good care of our kidneys. Unfortunately, our daily habits may prevent us from doing this.
It is not too late for us to give up these habits. Some simple changes in our diet, the way we sleep, and some nutritional supplements will prevent kidney disease in the future. New habits may prevent other diseases, such as diabetes. For the sake of your kidneys, you must change these daily habits.
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Use Herbs Instead Of Salt
Eating too much salt will lead to an imbalance in the blood, and this will cause your kidneys to struggle to get rid of water. According to some research in 2018 of clinical high blood pressure, it was found that it can lead to kidney disease. Unfortunately ,
Many Western diets tend to eat too much salt.
The USDA warns against excessive salt intake and advises people to consume one teaspoon of salt per day, or roughly 2,300 mg. This amount is about a third less than what most people consume. You can experience kidney damage, so you should watch out for high levels of sodium in cooked and processed foods, as they cause this.
Treat Yourself When You Get Sick
The Center specializing in Disease Control states that most people catch a cold two to three times a year. Although these common ailments are often very annoying, you should not ignore them. The longer your illness lasts, the more antibodies your body can produce. These antibodies may lead to kidney inflammation over time.
Never be one of the 72% of Americans who go to work despite being sick. You should beware of bacterial infections, such as ear infections and sore throats, as they are considered to be more prone to straining the kidneys. Take good care of yourself to recover as quickly as possible.
Don’t Hold It In
Believe it or not, urinary retention is one of the main causes of kidney problems. Dr Chimandeep Bali of the Toronto Naturopathic Health Clinic Huffington Post says that ignoring the call of nature causes many health problems. The longer the urine stays in your body, the more bacteria will be produced. Dr. Bali says you’re in real trouble if the bacteria got into your kidneys.
Urologist Mark Gordon says that the majority of people use the bathroom eight to 10 times a day. Sometimes you have to hold your urine, but you don’t have to make it a routine. If you have to go, you have to go.
Next: Daily prescriptions and vitamins can harm your kidneys.
Don’t Light Up
Most people know that smoking harms your heart and lungs. But did you know that it also harms your kidneys? A 2000 study conducted in the Annals of Internal Medicine, chronic smokers (current and former) were more likely to develop kidney disease. Drug abuse leads to the production of creatinine which damages the kidneys.
To make matters worse, this kidney damage does not cause symptoms. So people may poison the kidneys without knowing. The upside is that former smokers have less harm than current smokers. It’s never too late to take off.
The Danger Of Processed Foods
most of the time processed foods contain high amounts of sodium, which leads to kidney damage. But this isn’t the only nutrient that harms the kidneys, according to NEPHCURE Kidney International. Other triggers include phosphorous and potassium.
Usually the kidneys filter through potassium levels, too much potassium can put pressure on the kidneys. The same goes for phosphorous. People with impaired kidney disease or impairment should limit the amount of potassium and phosphorus they consume. If you eat in moderation, processed foods, you won’t face this problem.
Steer Clear Of Soda
Soft drinks do not have any nutrients other than sugar. A typical 12-ounce soda contains a large amount of sugar. Most researchers agree that drinking two or more soft drinks a day doubles the risk of developing kidney disease.
The problem isn’t just sugar. In 2007, some researchers noted that cola increases kidney risk, the cause being phosphoric acid. This acid causes a genetic mutation to damage the kidneys over time. Consuming one serving a day of soda will significantly improve your health. Better yet, limit your soda intake to once a week.
When You Stay Up Late, Your Kidney Overworks
In 2016, some researchers from the University of Chicago linked poor sleep with an increased risk of kidney disease. Participants who slept 6.5 hours per night had a 19% higher chance of developing kidney failure. The reason is that your sleep cycle tells your kidneys when to rest and work.
They say some researchers from the National Kidney Foundation, when you stay up late, your kidneys keep working harder. Over time, a chronic sleep disorder can strain these organs. You must remember that you need seven to nine hours to sleep every night.
Stick To Your Prescription
You must take your medications daily and as prescribed. Even if you feel better, stopping the medication is dangerous and may harm your kidneys. In particular, pain and blood pressure medications strain your kidneys if you take them infrequently. Some can cause a “rebound” as the patient suffers from a second heart attack or kidney failure.
The kidneys benefit from routine. It will completely shed your body if you change your medications every day.
Consult with your doctor about whether your medication could harm your kidneys. Some antibiotics pose a major threat to kidney health.
You’re Exercising, Right?
Regular exercise is never restricted to dieting. It is also very concerned with the health of the kidneys. According to the National Kidney Foundation, exercise improves sleep, reduces blood pressure, and enhances muscle function. In other words, exercise reduces all major risk factors for kidney disease.
You don’t have to work hard to see the benefits. In a 2019 study, people with kidney disease benefited from 150 minutes of moderate exercise over a period of one week. That’s just over 20 minutes of dancing, hiking, biking or gardening per day. Plus, exercise releases endorphins that help you feel happier.