Too much sodium can damage your kidneys.

Too much sodium can damage your kidneys.

It does not matter how old you are, it is very important for you to take care of your kidneys, which not only act as the body’s blood filtration system, but they also assist our bodies with absorbing minerals, producing hormones and neutralizing acids.  Most people realize that their kidneys are crucial to their good health, yet have no idea that they might be damaging a little bit every day by doing these simple mindless things.

Failing to Drink Enough Water

Most people need to drink at least two liters of water a day to keep their kidneys free of the toxins that can accumulate inside of them, but most people simply forget that they need to do this because they are busy or simply forget to do it.  Although might seem like a great deal of water to consume every day keep in mind that some of this fluid can be consumed in the form of teas and broths.

Drinking pure spring water or filtered water is the best idea and you can now download apps for your phone or computer that remind you that is time to drink another glass of water.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty to have a drink of water!

Consuming Too Much Sodium

It is really easy to accidentally consume too much sodium (found in salt) nowadays because salt is in everything. Not only that, but the North American palate considers salt to be the very thing that makes things tasty.  When you eat too much sodium, your blood pressure increases and your kidneys become quite stressed, resulting in cumulative damage over the years. The solution is to do your best to avoid refined, packaged foods or ones with a lot of additives

Too much sodium in your diet increases your blood pressure and overworks the kidneys.  Remember to read food labels as ideally, you should not be consuming more than 5 grams of sodium a day.

Resisting The Urge to Go

One way to harm your kidneys is to hold urine in, instead of going to the bathroom the minute that nature calls. Retaining your urine can cause all kinds of issues including kidney failure, incontinence, and kidney stones.  Always urinate when your body tells you too unless you are facing an extreme emergency.

Eating Too Much Animal Protein

A sure way to stress out your kidneys is to eat too much animal protein. The more animal protein that is in your diet, the more stress you are placing on your kidneys. In fact, if you know that you have kidney problems then it is probably best for you to avoid diets with a ketogenic carbohydrate-free component as that can push the organs to a crisis.

Drinking Alcohol and Taking Painkillers

Both alcohol and painkillers contain toxins that are difficult for the kidneys to process and taking both together, especially on a regular basis, can cause long-term damage to the kidneys as well as acute damage.  This includes both over-the-counter painkillers such as Advil and Motrin and also prescription ones such as Celebrex and Naproxen.

Finally, it is important to remember that damage to the kidneys can go unnoticed for many years. They are miraculous organs that can still keep operating, even at less than 20% of their capacity. If you are worried that about your kidneys, there are many ways that an integrated wellness office such as the Pinewood Natural Healthcare center can help you.  At our offices in Toronto and Pickering, we offer all kinds of modalities to both diagnose and treat kidney issues including blood testing, naturopathic testing, homeopathy, acupuncture, IV vitamin therapy, mesotherapy, and a successful Toronto weight loss program.

You visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at You can also call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  Our office number in Pickering, Ontario is (905)-427-0057. Send an email to and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our Toronto holistic health care services.

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