9 COMMON HABITS THAT CAN CAUSE YOUR DAMAGE 

n North America, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are easily available over-the-counter. Using them regularly can put a lot of pressure on your kidneys.

Taking Too Many Painkillers

In the Western world, the average person eats approximately ten grams of dietary salt per day. This far surpasses the five-gram per day limit set out by the World Health Organization.

Eating Too Much Salt

Dehydration can also lead to kidney stones and urinary tract infections, both of which can cause kidney damage if left untreated.

Not Drinking Enough Water

Sugar is not harmful to the kidneys in and of itself, but it can cause other health issues that can lead to kidney damage.

Eating Too Much Sugar

Not only is smoking bad for your heart and lungs, but it can also accelerate the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Smoking

Your kidneys can process small amounts of alcohol, but regular heavy drinking impairs their ability to function.

Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Sitting for long periods of time has now been linked to the development of kidney disease.

Sitting Still

Animal protein generates high amounts of acid in the blood that can be harmful to the kidneys and cause acidosis – a condition in which kidneys cannot eliminate acid fast enough.

Eating Too Much Meat

Staying well hydrated helps your kidneys clear sodium and toxins from the body.

Missing Out on Sleep

See More

FOR MORE STORIES SWIPE UP