We all know that there are some cases where a disease of the kidneys just seems to strike out of nowhere with no forewarning or symptoms. But, there are also numerous cases which sadly could have been prevented by making changes to one’s lifestyle that, at the time, seem like they’d be too much of a challenge. Unfortunately, once a person develops CKD, it’s too late to go back and change these habits with the aim of preventing it from ravaging your kidneys.
Those who are more at risk for chronic kidney disease include sufferers of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. If you’re not a part of any of those demographics, however, there may still be cause for precaution as even otherwise healthy people have developed chronic kidney issues from neglecting their health.
Here are some of the top offenders when it comes to CKD causes:
1. Using Too Much Salt – High sodium diets can increase blood pressure and cause damage to your kidneys. Instead you should use spices and herbs to add flavor to your food and with time you may get used to using no salt at all.
2. Eating Processed Foods – Processed foods are high in sodium and phosphorus which are harmful to the kidneys and bones. The DASH diet is a good alternative to change to healthy eating.
3. Not Drinking Enough Water – Drinking water and staying hydrated helps your kidneys to clean toxins and sodium from your body and is a great way to prevent kidney stones. Drinking 3 to 4 pints of water
daily is recommended.
4. The Overuse of Painkillers – Over the counter pain medicines may make your aches and pains feel better but they are very harmful to the kidneys specifically if you have kidney disease therefore try to
avoid them and never take more than the suggested dosage.
5. Eating Too Many Foods High In Sugar – Sugar causes obesity which leads to high blood pressure and diabetes which cause kidney disease. Avoid white bread, breakfast cereals and any foods with processed sugar.
6. Not Getting Enough Sleep – It is very important for your kidneys and genera health to a get good night’s rest. Kidney function is dependent on the sleep-wake cycle which helps its function during 24
7. Smoking – Not only is smoking bad for your heart and lungs but it is very bad for the kidneys. Smokers are prone to have protein in their urine which is a sign of kidney damage.
Now that you’ve seen what these habits can do to your kidneys over a prolonged period of time, hopefully you’ll start to reconsider their place in your life. Only you can control what you put into your body daily, and subsequently, how it goes on to effect your kidneys and your health. Make every choice a healthy one!