Have you ever noticed that the final powerful spray of water at the carwash before your vehicle gets a rapid blow-dry? The water jets pulverize any remaining remnants of dirt. That’s one way to view how our kidneys work. Thankfully, our kidneys can wash away impurities while retaining vital nutrients floating around in our blood. Keeping our internal filters healthy and functioning properly is invaluable for the nourishment and detoxification of our bodies. So naturally, whatever we eat and drink has a dramatic impact on our kidneys’ health.
A steady diet of unhealthy food and drinks can strain their performance, and put us at risk. The good news is, it’s never too late to improve your diet and lifestyle, even if your kidneys are already impaired. In today’s video, we will see how our kidneys react to too much consumption of 8 different foods and beverages.
1 Red meat.
We’ve all heard that protein is good for our health. But too much of anything can be harmful. For example, a diet that is high in red meat, which contains lots of animal protein, can damage our kidneys. The reason? Our kidneys need to metabolism this protein. When there’s a conveyor belt of rich protein headed toward the kidneys for cleansing, they just can’t keep up with the pace. When kidneys can’t eliminate waste products,there will be a build-up of acidic residue in our bodies. It’s always good to talk to your healthcare professional about the diet that’s right for you.
Just like eating too much red meat can strain our kidneys, the same is true with too much alcohol; they will be unable to properly filter our blood. Also, too much alcohol can cause dehydration. This creates a domino effect: if our blood is dehydrated, our cells and organs will not be able to function properly.
3. Table Salt.
While our bodies require sodium to maintain proper fluid balance – especially in our electrolytes – an excess amount will cause kidneys to retain water. Too much salt can also increase the amount of protein that is eliminated in urine.
Caffeine is a stimulant which millions of people depend upon every morning to help them become fully awake. But all of that caffeine in coffee, tea, and sodas can jolt your kidneys into overdrive. The stimulant accelerates blood flow, which in turn increases blood pressure. Caffeine has another effect – it can lead to dehydration, just as salt can. Too much dehydration can lead to kidney stones. Most health experts recommend you drink no more than 2 cups of coffee or 3 cups of tea daily. Soda and energy drinks are beverages you may want to eliminate completely. Another source of caffeine is cocoa, which should also be consumed moderately.
5. Artificial Sweeteners.
Refined sugar has had a bad rap lately. That’s why companies began creating artificial sweeteners. It may sound better for our health, but they can still negatively impact kidney function. Try instead to steer away from artificial sweeteners and use stevia or honey to flavor your food and beverages.
6. Dairy Products.
While dairy products are an excellent source of protein, they should be consumed in moderation, especially for anyone who has kidney disease. The reason? Too many dairy products will increase calcium in urine which can lead to kidney stones. Also, as kidneys are overworked, they won’t able to regulate protein waste and it will rise to an unhealthy level. When kidneys are diseased, they can’t remove the daily excess phosphorus that our bodies can’t use. When phosphorus levels rise, bones may begin to lose calcium. Skin conditions could also appear. Further, the potassium contained in dairy products can accumulate in the blood, which can trigger heart and muscle problems.
7. Carbonated Beverages.
Sodas and energy drinks are usually the chief instigators for kidney problems; they are loaded with caffeine, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. They may taste better than thirst-quenching water or lemon water but they aren’t providing any health benefits for your kidneys.
8. Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs).
In recent years, crops have been the recipient of various forms of herbicides and pesticides. This includes everything from strawberries to rice. These chemical alterations can create even more problems for those who are already suffering from some type of kidney ailment.
Kidney cancer is cancer that begins in the kidneys. Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist. They’re located behind your abdominal organs, with one kidney on each side of your spine.
In adults, renal cell carcinoma is the most common type of kidney cancer. Other less common types of kidney cancer can occur. Young children are more likely to develop a kind of kidney cancer called Wilms’ tumor.
The incidence of kidney cancer seems to be increasing. One reason for this may be the fact that imaging techniques such as computerized tomography (CT) scans are being used more often. These tests may lead to the accidental discovery of more kidney cancers. Kidney cancer is often discovered at an early stage when the cancer is small and confined to the kidney.
Doctors know that kidney cancer begins when some kidney cells develop changes (mutations) in their DNA. A cell’s DNA contains the instructions that tell a cell what to do. The changes tell the cells to grow and divide rapidly. The accumulating abnormal cells form a tumor that can extend beyond the kidney. Some cells can break off and spread (metastasize) to distant parts of the body.
If you smoke, quit. Many options for quitting exist, including support programs, medications, and nicotine replacement products. Tell your doctor you want to quit, and discuss your options together. Work to maintain a healthy weight. If you’re overweight or obese, reduce the number of calories you consume each day and try to be physically active most days of the week. Ask your doctor about other healthy strategies to help you lose weight.
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure at your next appointment. If your blood pressure is high, you can discuss options for lowering your numbers. Lifestyle measures such as exercise, weight loss, and diet changes can help. Some people may need to add medications to lower their blood pressure. Discuss your options with your doctor.