Four Foods That Can Affect Your Kidney From Your

The kidney is one of the most vital organs in the body as it plays an important role in filtering blood, producing hormones, removing waste through urine, balancing materials, and maintaining fluid balance. But as we grow older, especially in our 60s and above, our kidneys naturally grow old and deteriorate in their functions, as a result, increasing our risk of kidney diseases. According to National Kidney Foundation, kidney disease has been found to be more prevalent in people over the age of 60 when compared to the rest of the general population.

When our kidneys become damaged or unable to function properly, waste accumulates in the blood, fluid buildup in the body, and high amounts of some nutrients like sodium, phosphorus, and potassium may become detrimental to our kidneys. However, limiting certain foods in our daily diet can help to decrease the accumulation of waste products in the blood, prevent further damage to the kidney, and improve our kidney function as we grow older.

1. Smoked/Canned meat and fish

Regular consumption of foods high in sodium or salt such as smoked fish/meat, canned foods, pizza, or salted snacks and nuts can increase blood pressure and, in turn, harm your kidney. Instead of using salt, flavour your foods with herbs and spices and over time you may find it easier to avoid using added salt(sodium) on your foods.

2. Animal protein