Human kidneys perform the vital function of filtering blood to remove toxins and waste. One of the keys to maintaining kidney health is drinking plenty of water. Dehydration correlates to kidney malfunction. Smoking and the long-term use of painkillers or over-the-counter medications may also cause harm to kidneys, as can a diet with too much sugar. Soda, even diet soda, is problematic, but contrary to common belief, coffee and alcohol are not, according to recent studies. Extreme exercise, poor sleep, too much protein or a lack of magnesium may also contribute to kidney issues. Overall, the single best advice for keeping your kidneys healthy is to live a life of moderation.
- The kidneys main role in the body is to filter the bloodstream and remove toxins, wastes, dead cells and excess water and pass them out in the urine.
- Since the fluids we take in determine the type of fluids we pass out, doctors take urine tests when they want to determine kidney diseases.
- The saying that one should drink more water and more often is true because when dehydration occurs it affects kidney function.
“You make healthy eating and lifestyle choices every day to help your digestive, heart and mental health, but how often do you consider your kidneys? Your everyday food and activity habits can lead to long-term damage and disease. Read on to find out how to maximize your kidney health.”