The Kidneys are very important organ of human body. Kidneys are two reddish-brown bean-shaped organs found in vertebrates. They are located on the left and right in the retroperitoneal space, and in adult humans are about 12 centimeters (41⁄2 inches) in length. They receive blood from the paired renal arteries; blood exits into the paired renal veins. It works a lot like a filter. Our body secretes excess fluid which is filter kidney.
This important organ can be crippled by some common forgetfulness. Kidney problems are not detected at the beginning. Caught when serious. So it is very important for all of us to be aware of the kidneys in advance.
Kidneys that can be crippled by forgetting-
Eat more processed foods
Most processed foods are high in sodium. And these can cause heart problems as well as damage the kidneys. The more sodium in the body, the more calcium is excreted in the urine. And as a result, there is a risk of kidney stones.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends capping sodium at 2,300 milligrams a day, but the average American has more than 3,400 milligrams every day and some people eat twice that. Take a look at your nutrition label and you might be surprised how quickly sodium can add up. People look at carbs and fat and calories, but they don’t pay attention to sodium.
Uncontrolled blood pressure
High blood pressure is harmful to our whole body. If you have high blood pressure in your big blood vessels, you have high blood pressure in your smaller blood vessels too. And thus uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels that lead to your kidneys.
Do not drink water while thirsty
If you want to keep your kidneys healthy, you need to drink eight glasses of water throughout the day. If you do not drink water even when you are thirsty, then your body will become dehydrated, blood pressure may drop and blood flow to the kidneys may decrease. This can result in severe damage to your kidneys.
However, make sure you drink enough water if you’re exercising a lot or outside on a hot day.
Eat more supplements
Different supplements contain some vitamins, which can be harmful to our body. And the plant-based ingredient aristololic acid in the supplement can cause kidney damage.
Moreover, supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and many products can be dangerous, especially for people with kidney disease. Supplements for weight loss, bodybuilding, or an “energy boost” should not be used by people with kidney disease or kidney failure.
Taking more painkillers
Many of us know that painkillers are harmful to the body. But you may not know that it can do as much damage as destroying your kidneys. These drugs are anti-inflammatory called NSAIDs, which include ibuprofen and aspirin.
Taking NSAIDs too often can up your risk of kidney problems. And these can act as toxins directly to the organs, reducing blood flow to the kidneys and causing scarring. So we should consult with doctor before taking any painkillers.
Being overweight can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And it can increase your risk of kidney disease. Because insulin problems in type-2 diabetes cause inflammation and sores in the kidneys.
Besides, extra weight forces the kidneys to work harder and filter wastes above the normal level. Over time, this extra work increases the risk for kidney disease.
If you thought lung cancer was the only reason to put down the cigarettes, think again. One 2012 study found that quitting smoking for 16 or more years cut risk of renal cell carcinoma (the most common form of kidney cancer in adults) by 40 percent.
Moreover, smoking can damage the blood vessels, and increase your risk of high blood pressure.
Drinking too much carbonated beverage
Carbonated drinks such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and their variants have negative effects along with their “refreshingly great taste”. Carbonated beverage consumption has been linked with diabetes, hypertension, and kidney stones, all risk factors for chronic kidney disease. Cola beverages, in particular, contain phosphoric acid and have been associated with urinary changes that promote kidney stones.
Limit carbonated beverages to avoid the adverse effects on your nutrition and your kidneys.