Deadly Habits That Will Destroy Your Kidneys

Damage or constant decline of your kidneys can often go undiscovered for years as your kidneys can still do their job with as little as 20% of their capacity. Therefore kidney diseases are often referred to as “The Silent Diseases”. That’s why it is so important to take care of them before it is too late.

Below is a list of common habits that put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and can cause severe damage over time.


  • Not Drinking Enough Water

Your kidney’s most important function is to eliminate toxins and waste materials and filters blood. When you don’t drink enough plain water during the day, toxins and waste material start to build up and can cause serious damage to your body.


  • Too Much Salt in Your Diet

Sodium or salt is needed by our body in order to work properly. Most people however consume too much salt than required by our body, which will put a lot of stress on the kidneys and may raise blood pressure. As a good rule of thumb, we should not consume more than 5 grams of salt on a daily basis.


  • Frequently Delaying the Call of Nature

Many of us ignore the urge to go because we are too busy or want to avoid public bathrooms. Retaining urine on a regular basis will increases urine pressure and can lead to kidney stones, incontinence and kidney failure.


  • Kick the Sugar Habit

Scientific studies show that people who consume 24 grams or more manufactured sugar (soda, candies, pastries etc.) a day are more likely to have protein in their urine. Having protein in your urine or a protein leaking is an early sign that the kidneys has been damaged and your kidneys are not doing their job as they should.


  • Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Eating a clean, whole food diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits is important for your overall health and a good kidney function. Many vitamin and mineral deficiencies (such as Vitamin B6, C and D) can increase the risk of kidney stones or kidney failure. Vitamin B6 and magnesium, for instance, are super important to reduce the risk of kidney stones.


  • Too Much Animal Protein

Over consumption of protein, especially the red meat (all meats derived from mammals are red meats) increases the metabolic load on your kidneys. So more protein in your diet means your kidneys have to work harder than it usually does and this can slowly lead to kidney damage or dysfunction over time.


  • Caffeine

Just as salt, caffeine can raise blood pressure; which will put extra stress on your kidneys. High blood pressure can damage the nephrons inside the kidneys. Over time, excessive consumption of caffeine can cause damage to your kidneys.


  • Painkiller Abuse

Generally, many people will  take painkillers for their small aches and pains, while there are many all-natural, safe remedies available. Excessive use or painkiller abuse can lead to major damage of liver and kidneys.


  • Alcohol Consumption

Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine or having a beer once in a while, most of us don’t stop after just one drink. Alcohol is actually a legal toxin that puts a lot of stress on our kidneys and liver.


To stay healthy and avoid kidney issues it is important to eat lots of fresh, whole foods and if you keep the above information in mind and avoid these common habits as much as possible, your kidneys will not be under constant stress and your body will thank you for that.