Because we are flawed humans, we all have a few bad habits.
The best thing we can do is ensure that these habits do not negatively impact our health or lead to something worse.
The kidneys are in charge of eliminating waste from the body.
When it comes to our kidneys, certain habits may have an unintended negative impact on our kidneys, and some are so well-known that they must be repeated.
Here are 5 habits that damage the kidneys;
1. Frequent use of painkillers
Frequent use of painkillers can lead to kidney damage.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen and Tramadolcan damage your kidney if you use them for a long time.
Those with arthritis or any illness with constant pain are at risk of developing kidney complications. It was discovered that one to three percent of people with chronic kidney failure get it from painkillers.
Painkillers also reduce the amount of blood that flows to the kidney.
Sugar damages your kidneys. Excess sugar intake leads to obesity and diabetes and diabetes is directly linked to kidney issues.
If the body does not produce enough insulin, sugar accumulates in the blood and causes kidney d isease.
3. Using too much salt
Salty meals and highly processed snacks are bad for your kidneys. Salt and sodium increase water retention and increase blood flow to your kidneys which causes your blood pressure to rise and affect renal function.
Excess salt intake causes hypertrophy (swelling), fibrosis, and kidney stones.
4. Excess Alcohol Intake
Alcoholic drinks like whiskey, scotch, rum, and so on inhibit the ability of your kidneys to filter blood. Medical studies have shown four drinks increase the risk of kidney disease.
Alcohol disrupts the fluid regulation in the body and causes dehydration that adversely affects the kidney.
5. Holding your pee and not drinking enough water
Your waste can solidify and turn into crystals if you do not pass out waste products frequently. You are most likely to develop kidney stones if you do not pass as urine as much as you should or drink enough water.