4 Health Mistakes That Hurt Your Kidneys
By Brandi Goodman
Your kidneys may not be on your mind often -- if at all. Sure, you know you need to eat right and exercise to be healthy in general and avoid getting seriously sick. You should really consider your kidney health specifically so you can avoid certain health mistakes and prevent hurting these organs and their ability to function. You'll be all the better for it.
Mistake No. 1: Drinking Alcohol
"It's just one drink," you might tell yourself. That one drink can cause far more damage than you realize to your kidneys. Drink more than one and you're really doing significant harm, especially if it's a common occurrence. The kidneys have to work hard to try and filter that alcohol out of your body. The harsh liquid can actually render them ineffective -- or at least make them have a difficult time filtering blood and keeping the body clean. Quit drinking to give your kidneys their best chance.
Mistake No. 2: Not Drinking Water
"Drink more water" is a daily mantra you may have heard growing up, and probably still hear from people in your life today. This is because it's incredibly necessary for your health. It isn't just about having a non-calorie drink. The clear beverage keeps every system within your body operating. Your kidneys require adequate water intake to help them function. Without it, they won't be able to properly remove the waste from your blood and ensure essential nutrients get delivered. So, stick with the sentiment and drink more water.
Mistake No. 3: Missing Sleep
You have to get enough sleep if you have any hope of your kidneys functioning well. Your kidneys essentially run on your wake-sleep cycle. When you're awake, your kidneys are doing their best to filter your blood and keep your body free from toxins. When you're asleep, they finally get to take a break and recuperate. The longer you stay awake, the longer your kidneys have to be awake and working as well. Make sure you're getting enough sleep.
Mistake No. 4: Adding Salt to Everything
Too much salt is also harmful to your kidneys. Your blood pressure gets raised when you have a lot of sodium in your diet. High blood pressure can weaken the arteries immediately surrounding your kidneys. These organs responsible for filtering blood will not be able to get the full access they need to do so. Stop adding salt to everything, and try some other seasonings instead if you need the extra flavor. Pepper, for example, is perfectly safe to consume.
National Kidney Month arrives in March for a reason. It's important to keep your kidneys healthy so you can prevent disease and disaster. Sure, you can live without your second kidney -- but you have to have one working to keep your body thriving. Avoid these health mistakes and work toward healthier habits to keep your kidneys operating to the best of their abilities.
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