Kidneys are the organs that are bound to sift wastes and eliminate them with the urine. Further, kidneys are also responsible for producing the hormones that are vital for the formation of red blood cells, and for controlling your increased blood pressure. Health complications like high blood pressure, high level of creatinine, urea, or uric acid indicate kidney dysfunction.
The causes correlated with renal complications are high blood sugar level, high blood pressure, urinary tract infection, polycystic kidney disease, and many more.
But, in this blog, you will get to know about the ten nasty habits that can influence your kidneys.
Dependency on over-the-counter pills
What do you do for your headache, fever, or muscle pain? Chances are, you will prefer to take over–the–counter pain medicine. Pain killers are also known as analgesics that are useful to relieve pain, fever, and even inflammation. These medicines might be helpful to cure arthritis, colds, headache, migraine, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, sinusitis, and toothache. But, these pain medicines are not as effective and safe as you think. There is no medicine in Allopathy that does not cause side effects.
Inappropriate use of pain relievers can harm your body, including your kidneys. In research, the National Kidney Foundation has found that 3 to 5 per cent of kidney patients develop chronic kidney failure each year due to the overconsumption of painkillers. If you have renal disease and continued utilization of pain medicines, it can worsen the situation.
If you know you have a kidney problem, then it is vital for you not to use pain medicines without your doctors’ permission. Also, if your kidneys are functioning well, but high doses of these pain medicines can harm them. These medicines pressurize the kidneys and damage their tissues. But, kidney damage occurred due to pain killers can be prevented by following a healthy diet plan and by taking Ayurvedic medicines. Yes, Ayurvedic medicines have the potential to rejuvenate your damaged kidney and to prevent the causes with symptoms related to it.
Over-usage of salt is bad for your kidneys
The salt you eat directly leaves an impression on your blood pressure. Salt forge your body hold on to water, but when you overeat salt the unwanted water stored in your body and increase your blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart stroke, arteries, kidneys disease, and brain dysfunction. Also, the urge for overeating salt is a sign that your blood pressure medicines (such as diuretics) are not working well as they should. High blood pressure is the leading cause of renal complications that can lead to the condition of kidney failure. For that, you should control yourself to use too much amount of salt.
Too much sugar harms your kidneys
There are three common types of sugar, and each has a clear difference in sweet flavour. The first is fructose that is a sort of hexose sugar present in honey and fruit. The second is glucose that is pure sugar and essential energy source for your body. The third one is sucrose, which is a compound and central component of cane or beet sugar. All these types of sugar are vital for you in their way, and each sugar is processed by your body a little differently.
Fresh and prepared foods contain natural sugars or processed sweeteners. Sugar-free products also include some amount of artificial sugar that can lead to health problems such as thyroid, diabetes, and obesity. Sugar is not harmful to the kidneys, but the increased blood sugar level is.
There are two types of diabetes – the first is type 1diabetes that is genetic, and the second type 2diabetes occurs due to unhealthy dietary habits and anxiety. High blood sugar levels harm the blood vessels of the kidney and can also damage the filters of the kidneys. When the vessels of the kidneys are injured, then the renal cannot perform well and cause problems like high creatinine, uric, and urea level.
Overeating processed, canned, or frozen foods
These days’ people instead of using fresh and natural foods prefer to use processed, canned, or frozen food. Canning is the method to preserve food for a long time, but stale food cause problems like severe acidity, nausea, a stomach infection, dehydration, kidney swelling, diarrhea, weakness, gas, headache, or skin problems. Processed foods contain a high amount of sugar, fat, and calories that increased the risk of chronic health problems like obesity, thyroid, constipation, cancer, anxiety, kidney swelling, kidney disease, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes. In frozen foods, starch is high; Tran’s fat is high, and many more. All these things make frozen food the leading cause of illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, kidney damage, obesity, depression, liver damage, arthritis, and other risks.
Increased consumption of protein
Protein is a nutrient that you required for the growth and maintenance of your body. But, when the amount of protein increased in your body, then it may pressurize your kidneys to work more than before. Proteinuria is a condition that occurs when the number of protein supplements in your body or when your kidneys cannot prevent protein from leaking out through the urine.
When you observe foamy or bubbly urine frequently, that means your kidney is going through a problem due to which protein is coming out with the urine. Kidneys not only filter wastes from your blood but also eliminate unwanted nutrients in the form of urine. If you eat more than 2 g per kg of your body weight daily of protein for a long time can boosts health problems like intestinal discomfort, indigestion, dehydration, kidney failure, or high creatinine level.
Not drinking enough water
Dehydration causes kidney stones and also enhances the risk of chronic kidney disease. You should drink at least 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Also, you should prefer to take regular water that is much beneficial in the comparison of cold water. Lack of water is the leading cause of kidney stones and kidney failure. Your kidneys need some quantity of water to form urine to eliminate wastes and toxins from your body. If you cannot drink plain water, then you can drink coconut water, fruit juices, lemon water, and vegetable soup. But, do not consume water in the form of dark-coloured cola, processed milk, diet-coke, cold-drinks, and another sort of artificial drinks.
Consumption of alcohol
Consumption of everything over the limit is dangerous for your body, including the kidneys. Two round of alcohol in a day is healthy enough for your body to digest them. But more than two shots of liquor not only harm your kidneys as well as your overall body. There is a misinterpretation that alcohols are made up of stale rice, and grapes; that is why it is not harmful to your body. But, as mentioned above that staled foods can increase the risk of having kidney failure, heart attack, cancer, or many more.
Smoking tobacco or cigarettes
Nicotine that is present in tobacco or cigarette increases lipid peroxidation in the liver and decreased superoxide dismutase activity and catalase activity in your kidneys. It not only harms the kidneys by increasing the risk for Proteinuria and chronic kidney disease.
Missing out on sleep
These days’ due to the hectic and harsh lifestyle, you might don’t get enough sleep. Due to a lack of proper sleep, your body cannot fend off invaders and recover you’re from illnesses. Sleep deprivation can cause problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.
Anxiety or stress
You might think that anxiety or stress is brain issues how it affects your kidneys. Anxiety not only occurs due to tension, the side effect of meditation, or anything. But it also happens when your body is in chronic condition. When wastes accumulate in your blood in a high amount, and the kidney cannot eliminate them properly. To get rid of anxiety, you can practice yoga and meditate. Along with this, a healthy diet plan that is less in sugar and salt will also work well to reduce anxiety.
These are a few of the nasty habits that might harm your body, including the kidneys. Furthermore, to keep your body healthy and away from chronic diseases, practice yoga, meditate, eat healthy food, and take ayurvedic kidney treatment.
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