The kidneys have an enormous role when it comes to our health and well-being. Every day, these bean-shaped organs filter about 120 to 150 quarts of blood to produce about 1 to 2 quarts of urine, composed of waste and excess fluid.
The kidneys’ size is similar to that of a fist, and they are placed beneath the rib cage, each on one side of the spine. Their main responsibility is to manage the amounts of electrolytes in the body and produce hormones for healthy bones, red blood cells, and regulate blood pressure.
Oftentimes, there aren’t any symptoms of a damaged kidney, so it is important to learn how to take preventative measures and support the health of your kidneys.
Following are 10 of the most common habits that put a lot of pressure on these organs and eventually lead to severe kidney damage.
1. Excessive Animal Protein Intake
If you’re consuming too much animal protein (like red meat), all of the load from the metabolism is put on the kidneys. So the more protein you eat, the worse your kidneys will work.
2. Lack of Vitamins and Minerals.
The performance of the kidneys relies on your nutrition, what you eat. Meaning, if there’s a deficiency of some minerals or vitamins (for example, Magnesium and B6 vitamin), your kidneys may be performing at poorer levels.
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