It is easy to say that one of the most important organs in our body is the kidneys. Our kidneys can perform important functions in our body and that means that we have to take good care of them.

Experts say that our kidneys can filter approximately 120 to 150 quarts of blood, can filter waste and excess fluid from our body and produce 1 to 2 quarts of urine. Just like we said, our kidneys can perform different important functions in our body, including: keep the levels of electrolyte stable, prevent the accumulation of waste in our body, produce hormones which regulate blood pressure, maintain strong bones and produce blood cells.

There is one shocking fact that says that more than 26 million Americans are dealing with kidney disease and 1 of 3 Americans at the moment has increased risk for developing a kidney disease?

You should also know that in the USA kidney disease actually kills more people than prostate or breast cancer. That is why it is very important to take good care of the kidneys, since a lot of factors can cause kidney damage, including: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, glomerulonephritis – it is a disease that damages the filtering of the kidneys, kidney stones, infections and overusing of pain killers.

These are the first signs of kidney failure:

• Weakness, fatigue
• Painful and difficult urination
• Dark and pink urine (bloody urine)
• Foamy urine
• Increased need to urinate (especially during night)
• Increased thirst
• Puffy eyes

We present you certain factors that can have a bad influence over the function of your kidneys and you should stop doing them:

1. Insufficient Water Intake

This one is the first and most important, since we all know that lack of water can cause kidneys malfunctioning. The question is – how are they related? The answer is simple – the main function of kidneys is flushing out the metabolic waste from our body and regulating the production of erythrocyte. This means that if you do not have enough water in the body the blood will become more concentrated and the blood flow to the kidneys will become reduced.

This will affect the ability of kidneys to eliminate toxins from our body that eventually can cause accumulation of toxins in the body. It is said by the National Kidney Foundation that people should drink minimum of 10 to 12 glasses of water daily. This is the proper amount for proper kidney functioning.

2. Drinking Too Much Coffee

The caffeine in the coffee can cause damage to the kidneys and it can cause hypertension and overwork of the kidneys. All of this can cause severe consequences. One recent study that was published by the Kidney International discovered a connection between kidney stones and excessive amounts of caffeine.

The reason is that caffeine can increase calcium excretion in urine. However, this does not mean that you should stop drinking coffee completely. It means that the maximum dosage should be 1 to 2 cups of coffee and 3 cups of tea daily.

3. High Sodium Consumption

Consuming lot of salt can lead to serious kidney damage and it can damage your general health as well. The kidneys metabolize approximately 95% of the salt we take through food and excessive amounts of salt can make them overwork and it can cause complications.

High salt intake can make your kidneys to work harder in order to eliminate the excess salt. In the end the function of kidneys will be reduced and there will be water retention in the organism. You should also know that water retention can raise blood pressure that additionally will worsen the kidney health. Do not consume more than 5 grams of salt in a day.

4. Drinking A lot of Alcohol

You should drink alcohol in moderation. The reason is because a lot of it can cause serious kidney problems and other health problems as well! A lot of alcohol can cause deposits of uric acid in the renal tubules and can cause tubular obstruction.

This will increase the risk of kidney failure. Additionally, alcohol can cause dehydration and can affect the normal function of kidneys. The recommended daily amount of alcohol is 2 drinks for men and 1 drink for seniors and women.

5. Lack of Sleep

Experts say that sleep deficiency is bad for our kidneys and for the entire organism as well. Adults should sleep 6 to 8 hours of sleep and anything less can have a bad influence. Many people do not know that the organ tissues actually regenerate while we sleep.

This means that lack of sleep will hinder the process of regeneration and it can result in damage of the kidneys and other organs. One recent study showed that sleep deficiency can cause atherosclerosis and hypertension that raise the risk of kidney failure. The kidneys will function perfectly if you have normal sleeping habits.