Kidneys do a tough job. Filtering and excreting waste products in the bloodstream is just the start. Your kidneys also maintain the body’s overall fluid balance as well as release hormones that make red blood cells, ensure bone health, and regulate blood pressure.
We put our kidneys through a lot, both knowingly and unknowingly, via diet, medications, and environmental toxins. The result can be a struggle with kidney cancer, stones, polycystic kidney disease or even kidney failure.
Some stresses on our kidneys can’t be helped, and because they are designed to handle toxins, we can trust that our kidneys are tough. But any organ can become overburdened and sustain damage.
You might be surprised to know how many foods can damage the kidneys, even seemingly healthy ones. Make sure you’re not overdoing it on any of the following 7 foods.
Not avocados! These creamy and delicious green fruits are what taught us that eating fat is okay. However, avocados also come with a high dose of potassium, which controls fluids, electrolyte balance, and pH level. Kidneys rely on the right balance of potassium and sodium to do their job properly; too much of either spells trouble.
Hyperkalemia is the name for having too much potassium in the blood, and this happens in people with advanced kidney disease. It often causes nausea, weakness, numbness, and slow heart rate.
Luckily, you needn’t worry too much about avocados or potassium if you don’t have pre-existing kidney disease. Most of us don’t get enough potassium in our daily diets anyway.