As we raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys which 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.
Our body needs a little bit of sodium in order to maintain proper fluid balance, but you can get enough from eating fruits and vegetables. 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. This places a load on the kidneys.
To cut the sodium in your diet, avoid table salt and high-sodium seasonings (soy sauce, sea salt, garlic salt, etc.)
4Genetically 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 increasing pest resistance, making the plant immune to herbicides, or improving crop yields. 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.
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.
The problem with dairy products is similar to that of other animal proteins. 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.
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.