5 Popular Foods That Can Damage Your Kidneys!

Last Updated on February 23, 2020

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The kidneys are two small bean-shaped organs (about 4.3 inches in length) located on either side of the spine that play a key role in our system. Even if some people can live a normal, healthy life with only one of them.

They are responsible for removing the wastes from your blood through urine, controlling the fluid balance of your organism, and keeping the correct levels of electrolytes. The kidneys are essentially a blood filter containing about one million nephrons where all the blood in your system goes through multiple times during the day.

The fact that we can live with only one kidney or with only 10% of the kidneys properly working leads us to believe that this organ is very resistant and will hardly give us health complications. But that’s not true.

There are several kidney diseases such as kidney stones, kidney failure, end-stage renal disease, pyelonephritis, cancer, and others that can be extremely painful or completely alter your lifestyle. There are many factors that can put you at risk of developing kidney problems, mainly high blood pressure, and diabetes. Among them is also your diet.

These are 5 popular foods that are bad for your kidneys!


1. Canned foods

Everybody loves canned foods. They are cheap, convenient, and don’t spoil easily. And that is why most people include canned soups, beans, tomatoes, or tuna (among many other foods) in their diets.

Even though the canning process allows many parts of the world to have access to a wide range of safe and highly nutritive products throughout the year, it also has its drawbacks. The high amount of sodium is one of them.

The canning process implies the addition of salt to increase the shelf life of the products. This means that those with kidney problems are not advised to consume them regularly. The same applies to healthy people since the excessive intake of sodium will put additional stress on your kidneys and may lead to high blood pressure.



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