Human kidney

5 Worse foods that will do your Kidneys harm

Kidneys are among one of our most vital organs. They filter out any impurities, waste materials and excess substances to make sure our bodies can function properly. Interestingly, they are also extremely delicate, and the slightest damage can have a negative effect on the rest of our body.

Human kidney

(1) Salt

A high salt diet alters the sodium balance, causing the kidneys to have reduced function and remove less water resulting in higher blood pressure. This puts a massive strain on the kidneys and can lead to kidney disease. Moreover, a diet high in salt has been shown to increase the amount of protein in the urine which is a major risk factor for the decline of kidney function

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(2) Animal protein

People with kidney problems should stay away from high protein diets. The same also goes for dairy products as milk and cheese contain high levels of protein. Protein can be highly acidifying, and that’s regardless of whether it comes from a cow, a sheep or a goat.

(3) Caffeine

Caffeine consumption has been linked to kidney stones. Also, as caffeine is a stimulant, it’s long-term use can increase the risk of renal failure if the kidneys are already damaged. Consuming even small amounts of caffeine on an empty stomach can cause kidney stones. It is best to consume teas/coffee in moderation.

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(4) Artificial sweeteners

Synthetic sugars such as aspartame and saccharine rapidly decrease kidney function. These are found in junk food, fizzy drinks, energy drinks and even in regular fruit juices. Reducing your sugar intake also lower your chances of developing diabetes, obesity, and kidney disease.

(5) Soda

Sodas are filled with sugar, flavoring, fructose and food coloring. People who drink sodas on a regular basis are more likely to develop proteinuria—an abnormally high level of proteins in urine that’s a risk factor for end-stage kidney disease.

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