10 Bad Habits That Are Killing Your Kidney (Don’t Take No. 3 for Granted)

3. Loving salt too much.

If you like salty food and your indulge yourself in too much salt on a regular basis, you better cut your intake of salt ASAP. Too much salt intake can lead to serious kidney damage and other health issues.

Remember that over ninety percent of the sodium (salt) we consume are processed by our kidneys. If you consume too much salt, your kidneys will have to work much harder in order to excrete the excess salt.

This can result in reduced function of your kidneys, leading to retention of water in your body. Water retention can increase the blood pressure as well as the risk of kidney disease.

According to scientific studies, the intake of salt raises the quantity of urinary protein, which is another risk factor for developing kidney disease. Every amount higher than 5 grams a day is harmful for both, kidneys and your general health. One teaspoon of salt is approximately six grams.


RECOMMENDATION: Cut your salt intake. While our bodies need sodium, it surely does not need too much of it. Eat salty foods in moderation and be sure to hydrate yourself properly.

4. Regular use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication like analgesic.

Analgesics are easy to acquire. They are over-the-counter drugs. These are painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications use to mend pain, lower inflammation, and fever. Unfortunately, due to the ease of access to these medicine, people tend to take analgesics even for the slightest of pains.

This habit can cause damage on kidneys, and on other organs as well. According to a research, over-the-counter analgesics can decrease the blood flow to the kidneys and worsen their functioning.

Long-term or heavy use of analgesics causes acute kidney injury or interstitial nephritis which is a chronic kidney disease.

For individuals with reduced kidney function, consult their doctor before taking any painkiller. Analgesics should be taken for the shortest time and at the lowest dose possible, even for those with normal kidney function.

RECOMMENDATION: Practice responsible drug use. You are not supposed to take over-the-counter drugs for pain or fever immediately after feeling pained or when feverish especially when it is not that bad. For example, if you suspect you have a flu, try natural remedies to help subside your fever and wait for two days to three days before taking analgesic.

In any case, consult your doctor before taking any medication.

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