Published On: Mon, Jul 24th, 2017

8 Habits that can damage the kidney

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Kidneys are one of the 5 vital organs that help in the filtration of Blood in our body. Two bean shaped organ, located behind the abdomen just below the rib cage, one on each side of the spine filter about 120 to 150 quarts of blood to produce toxic waste in the form of urine. The main function of the kidney is to remove wastes, control the body’s fluid balance by filtering toxins excess water from our body and regulate the balance of electrolytes.

Kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the purification process in our body, hence a healthy kidney is essential for a healthy life. There are numerous factors that can harm the kidney. Some of the common daily habits that result in the damaging of vital organ are  :-

  1. Insufficient water Intake – It is said that on an average a person should drink 2 – 3 litres of water a day. The function of the kidney is to drain out metabolic waste from human system and balance the electrolytes in our body. If enough water is not consumed, Kidney is at risk as it would lead to accumulation of toxins in the body.
  2. Keeping bladder full for a pretty long time – When urinating is prolonged, it can lead to a lot of complications. Blockage of urine lead to hydronephrosis, which leads to back pressure on the kidneys which can result in Kidney failure.
  3. High Consumption of Salt – Salt contains a high amount of sodium. Sodium is essential for controlling the blood pressure, but only a pinch of it. Too much of sodium can result in increase blood pressure, which is pretty harmful to the kidneys.
  4. Consumption of excess Alcohol. – Alcohol put a lot of stress on Kidneys and liver. Over consumption of alcohol leads to deposit of uric acid in the kidney tubules which causes tubular obstruction and causes the risk of kidney failure.
  5. Excess of protein in diet – Protein is an important diet In your daily life. Its helps in building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. But too much of protein increases metabolic loads can damage the kidney in the long run.
  6. Excess Consumption of caffeine – Too much of caffeine products like chocolate, coffee, soft drinks and energy drinks can cause high blood pressure which can result a strain on your kidneys leading to Kidney failure.
  7. Smoking – Smoking tends to increaser the blood pressure and heart rate in our body. In addition, it reduces the blood flow to Kidney and and also can worsen the existing kidney disease.
  8. Intake of Painkiller – Pain killers are definitely a blessing when the pain is unbearable, but are not recommended for low grade pain as it is not good for your kidney. Pain killer pills on a regular basis reduces the blood and in turn affects the functioning of kidneys.

 

Azam Sait

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8 Habits that can damage the kidney