The function of the kidneys is to remove waste from the body. When kidney function is impaired or halted due to kidney disease, the toxins that are normally eliminated from the body begin to build up within the body. Without medical intervention, the toxic buildup leads to death. The leading causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure, aside from keeping blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels under control to promote healthy kidney function, there are other steps which can be taken to help prevent kidney disease.
Swap Dark Colas for Clear Colas
A simple swap of dark cola (i.e. Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper) beverages for clear colas (Sprite, 7-Up) helps prevent kidney disease. Dark colas contain phosphoric acid, which gives the dark colas their unique flavor and increases the cola’s acidity. The phosphoric acid contributes to the formation of kidney stones, which plays a big role in the future development of kidney disease. Clear colas don’t contain phosphoric acid, and by swapping the dark colas for clear colas will help prevent kidney disease by eliminating the kidney stone formation caused by phosphoric acid. A refreshing carbonated beverage that contains no phosphoric acid and that will promote kidney health by staving off urinary tract infections is a mixture of seltzer water (for carbonation) and cranberry juice.
Limit the Usage of Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers
Kidney disease that is not caused by another medical problem (diabetes, high blood pressure) is often caused by the chronic overuse of over-the-counter pain relievers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers like ibuprofen, and combination pain relievers that contain acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine can lead to kidney disease when they are used in excess over a prolonged period of time. Chronic overuse of over-the-counter pain relievers cause the body to retain salt and fluids, which over time, will cause kidney function impairment and lead to kidney disease. Limit usage of over-the-counter pain relievers and look for alternative, topical treatments for pain relief to protect the health of the kidneys.
Salt Intake and Kidney Disease
To much salt (sodium) in the diet over time leads to high blood pressure. High blood pressure damages the tiny filters in the kidneys and impairs kidney function. Avoid high blood pressure and kidney disease by limiting daily salt intake. If high blood pressure and/or kidney disease runs in the family, increase the amount of potassium containing foods (bananas, orange juice, green leafy vegetables) in the daily diet to help reduce the negative effect of salt on the kidneys.
Kidney disease, in it’s early stages, presents with no symptoms, but the kidney damage is being done. Help prevent kidney disease (especially if there’s a family history of it or if you have diabetes or high blood pressure) by swapping dark colas for clear colas, limiting the usage of over-the-counter pain relievers and limit salt intake.