Your kidneys are very important to your overall health and wellbeing. They contribute, among other things, to the regulation of your blood pressure and the maintenance of a healthy fluid balance in your body. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering out minerals and protein from your blood. Because of renal disease, your body will begin to accumulate excess protein and minerals because your kidneys are unable to filter your blood effectively.
Maintaining good control of both your blood pressure and blood sugar levels helps to maintain healthy kidney function and slows the progression of renal disease. If you want to help protect your kidneys from more damage, one way to do so is to limit or eliminate specific items from your diet. A diet that is kind to the kidneys will cut back on foods high in saturated fat and protein as well as important minerals like sodium, potassium, and phosphorus.
According to WebMD, consuming an unhealthy amount of any of these five foods can lead to kidney damage over time.
1. Red Meat.
The kidneys are responsible for the excretion of urea and creatinine, which are both waste products that result from the breakdown of protein. In instance, red foods have a significant amount of protein. Because of this, consuming a lot of red meat on a consistent basis leads to the production of a great deal of waste products, the likes of which the kidneys may not be able to process. In addition, the consumption of animal proteins, particularly shellfish, leads to the production of uric acid. An excessive amount of uric acid can lead to kidney stones, which in turn can cause damage to the kidneys.
Even though salt is an essential component of all diets and is necessary to make food appetizing, an excessive intake should be avoided. Salt brings out the flavor of food and is thus required. An unhealthy intake of salt causes a rise in blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of kidney damage. The cardiovascular system is equally susceptible to the effects of hypertension. Eliminating the salt shaker off the dinner table is the single most effective measure that can be taken to cut down on salt use. Because of the high salt content, pickles and other foods that come in cans should be avoided.
3. Foods that have been processed.
It has been demonstrated that kidney damage can occur when consuming foods that are rich in phosphates. Phosphorus has an immediate impact on the arterial blood vessels. It is well known that drinks such as colas and processed meals such as deli meats and frozen foods have a typically negative impact on blood phosphate levels.
Even though you may be tempted to take painkillers on a regular basis because of your persistent headache, doing so might be harmful to your kidneys if you take too many. They have the ability to alleviate your aches and pains, but there is also a risk that they will trigger cancer in your kidneys. Long-term use of opiates is associated with a 50% increased chance of developing kidney cancer, as stated in a research that was just published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
If you are unable to live without wine or alcohol, there is a chance that your kidneys will suffer as a result. According to the findings of certain studies, drinking more than four alcoholic beverages on a daily basis is associated with an increase in the likelihood of developing chronic renal disease.
Content created and supplied by: WeTalkMedia (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More