The death of veteran actor Muna Obiekwe on the 18th of January came to us as a shock. He died as a result of kidney failure when he stopped going for the dialysis for his damaged Kidneys. Kidney failure arises when one’s kidneys can no longer filter waste products from the blood. It happens in two major ways, the first is called Acute Kidney Injury which is often controlled and stopped with proper treatment and the second is Chronic Kidney disease which is not very receptive to treatments except for a transplant.
Kidney failure is determined by a decline of the rate at which we urinate or pass feces. It is quite saddening also, that the food habits of most Nigerians could cause Chronic kidney damage (CKD) or failure. Note that with CKD, your kidneys may still be functioning some, but they’re not as active as they should be. Of course kidney failure is the most severe stage of kidney damage and at this stage your kidneys will no more work well enough for you to live without dialysis or a kidney transplant. Read on to see some of the habits that could cause kidney diseases and how to avoid them.
High Intake of Meat:
Did you know that too much protein in your diet is harmful for your kidneys? The end product of protein is amino acids and they are small molecules that your cells can then use to develop the new proteins your body needs at any point in time. Yes, we do know that proteins are biological molecules your body uses for numerous functions, but its digestion produces ammonia, a toxin or poison that attacks your kidneys. So, the more meat you consume, the more your chances of your kidneys getting damaged. Avoid eating too much red meat and your kidneys will be safe.
High Intake Of Caffeine:
Although caffeine has many effects on the body’s metabolism which includes stimulating the central nervous system, making you to be more alert and giving you a boost of energy, taking much of it also has a lot of side effects according to reports. You get to consume Caffeine when you eat any of these; coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, kola nuts, and certain medicines. Record also shows that caffeine raises your blood pressure when you take much of it and once this happens, your kidneys start suffering. So, there is a huge benefit in reducing the amount of these products and other caffeine products you take daily.
Not Drinking Enough Water:
For kidneys to perform properly and carry out their functions well, they need to be hydrated . Therefore, taking enough water is highly important as the toxins tend to start accumulating in the blood when there isn’t enough fluid to drain them through the kidneys. You are required to drink more than 10 glasses of water everyday. You can know whether you are taking enough water by looking at the color of your urine; when it lighter in color, you are certainly on the right track.
Delay In Passing Out Feces And Urine:
Storing urine in your bladder longer than necessary isn’t proper. When your bladder is filled up it can lead to bladder damage. The urine that you keep in your bladder multiplies bacteria faster than you think. Once the urine flows back to the ureter and kidneys, the poisonous substances can lead to infections such as kidney infections, then urinary tract infections, and then nephritis, and even uremia. When you are pressed, there is absolutely no need to waste time in emptying your bowel.