7 Foods You Consume Daily that Are Actually Damaging Your Kidneys

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7 Foods You Consume Daily that Are Actually Damaging Your Kidneys

 

 

 

maybe you don’t think about your kidneys very much. If you practice
yoga your instructor might say something like, “Breathe into your
kidneys,” and yet you have no idea what they are talking about!

Well
your kidneys are workhorses that play a very vital role in your body.

Located just below your rib cage on either side of the spine, your
kidneys are about the size of your fists. According to the National
Institutes of Health, the organs filter more than 201 quarts of …
blood each day, filtering around 2 quarts of waste products! From
the kidney, waste products and water filter to the bladder, and you
release it as urine.

Keeping your kidneys healthy and functioning, then, is essential
for

detoxifying your body and removing wastes. Unfortunately,there
are

many foods that can harm your kidneys and keep them from
functioning

at optimal levels. Here are the top 7. click arrow button to view more

7 Foods You Consume Daily that Are Actually Damaging Your Kidneys

 

1. Meat

Diets high in animal protein can cause kidney damage. In fact
according to the Mayo Clinic, a high-protein diet may cause or
exacerbate existing kidney problems because protein metabolism
places a heavy load on the kidneys, making it difficult to
eliminate its waste products.

A 2003 study in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that a
diet rich in animal-based proteins could also increase the risk
of developing kidney stones from uric acid, while a vegetarian
diet lowered the uric acid and prevented formation of stones.

Uric acid is one of the common causes of kidney stone and is a
byproduct of eating foods that are high in purines such as meat
seafood, and fish. These foods may also trigger the other common
type of kidney stones, calcium oxalate stones, because they
increase the amount of calcium excreted in urine, as well as
affect your digestive probiotics. How? Animal protein metabolism
leaves an acidic residue in the body.

Because your body favors an alkaline state, it pulls calcium and
other mineral salts from the bones in order to return you to that
alkaline state. This calcium can form calcium oxalate kidney
stones.

Instead, eat a variety of veggies, grains, seeds, and nuts
(the best foods to eat while pregnant!) and you’ll get all of the
protein your body needs.

7 Foods You Consume Daily that Are Actually Damaging Your Kidneys

 

2. Salt

Your body needs a little bit of sodium in order to maintain proper
fluid balance, but you can get enough from eating fruits and veget-
ables. Many processed foods, however, add a great deal of salt in
order to enhance flavors. The most commonly used form of salt is
processed table salt. When you eat too much salt, your kidneys
respond by retaining water in order to dilute this electrolyte in
your bloodstream to maintain proper heart function.

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This places a load on the kidneys. According to the Harvard School
of Public Health, long-term intake of too much salt can damage the
kidneys along with the heart and aorta. Salt intake may also raise
blood pressure, which can cause damage to the kidney’s nephrons
which filter wastes.

If you must add salt, use just a pinch of high
quality Celtic or Himalayan sea salt.

3. Genetically modified foods

A large percentage of our processed foods contain genetically
modified ingredients including corn, soy, rice, sugar cane
sugar beets, and canola. Seeds are genetically engineered for
a number of reasons, including to increase pest resistance
make the plant immune to herbicides, or improve crop yields.

Monsanto corporation is one of the largest makers of genetically
modified seeds. A 2009 mammal study conducted on three types of
genetically modified Monsanto corn showed negative health effects
on the kidney and liver functions of rats.

The researchers concluded that the three varieties tested created
a state of hepatorenal (liver and kidney) toxicity.

Unfortunately
research on the long-term health effects of genetically modified
crops on humans remains poorly studied at this time because genet-
ically modified foods have only been a regular part of the Western
diet since 1995 when Monsanto introduced the GM soybean seed that
was immune to the herbicide Roundup.

Since we have not yet been able
to measure the long-term effects of GM crops on humans, it is best
to avoid them.

Instead, opt for organically grown produce and avoid
common sources of GM ingredients such as processed and prepackaged
foods.

4. Artificial sweeteners

Many people believe they are doing something healthy for their bodies
when they consume artificial sweeteners because these ingredients are
non-caloric. In a review of the Nurses Study, researchers looked at
the role of artificial sweeteners on kidney function and found that
there was an increase in kidney function decline with intake of just
two diet sodas per day.

Your best bet? Skip the artificial sweeteners
and stick with stevia if you need a little sweet.

5. Carbonated beverages

Carbonated beverages such as soda (with or without artificial
sweetener) and energy drinks are associated with the formation
of kidney stones. A 2007 study demonstrated this, showing that
drinking two or more colas per day was associated with an
increased risk of chronic kidney disease.

Instead, have plain
water with organic lemon.

6. Dairy products

The problem with dairy products is similar to that of other animal
proteins. In fact, the China Study showed that consuming dairy
products increased the excretion of calcium in the urine, which
has been associated with a higher risk of developing kidney stones.

According to KidsHealth.org, reducing dairy can help people with
kidney failure and kidney disease, because it can make the
filtering work of the kidneys easier, delaying the need for
dialysis.

Instead, try some unsweetened almond milk.

 

7. Caffeine

Caffeine in coffee, tea, soda, and foods can also place a strain
on your kidneys. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it can stimulate
blood flow, increasing blood pressure and stress on the kidneys.

A 2002 study in Kidney International showed that long-term caffeine
consumption exacerbated chronic kidney failure in obese and diabetic
rats. Caffeine consumption has also been linked to kidney stone
formation by increasing calcium excretion in urine.

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