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10 harmful habits that are damaging your kidneys

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  • 12th August, 2022 07:10:12 PM
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10 harmful habits that are damaging your kidneys

Your kidneys work round the clock performing important functions like removing metabolic wastes, acids and extra fluids from the body and maintains a healthy balance of water, salt and minerals in the blood. It is important to focus on your kidney health because if the crucial organ fails, one needs to be on permanent dialysis to remove toxins and wastes from the body artificially, Hindustan Times reported.

If you are suffering from diabetes or blood pressure, your kidney health would depends on how well you manage these chronic conditions. These health conditions damage your kidneys with time and may lead to renal failure eventually. Following unhealthy lifestyle could increase the risk of kidney diseases significantly. It is important to exercise regularly, eat healthy, avoid smoking and drinking, over-the-counter painkillers and drink the required amount of water to keep your kidneys in good shape.

Dr. Shri Ram Kabra Director Nephrology and Kidney Transplant Medicine Marengo QRG Hospital Faridabad says one should avoid these common bad habits that may harm your kidneys.

1. Overuse of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications and body building health supplements might become a frequent cause of kidney injury. If you use them on a regular basis for chronic pain, headaches or arthritis, you are advised to discontinue them immediately.

2. Frequent use of excessive salts pose a threat to the kidney as they not only generate excessive sodium load but also cause hypertension. Therefore, it is recommended to focus on eating fresh, naturally low-sodium foods such as cauliflower, blueberries, seafood and healthy grains.

3. High consumption of processed food is dangerous. Processed foods are loaded with sodium and phosphorus. Patients with kidney disease should refrain from eating packaged food. Consuming high phosphorus, processed foods can be detrimental to the kidneys and bones.

4. Eating too much sugar can cause obesity, which raises your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, resulting in kidney disease. So cut down the sugar intake. Also, avoid regular consumption of biscuits, condiments, cereals and white bread as they all contain sugar.