Change These Habits Before You Damage Your Kidneys

Kidney disease is a real problem in America. More than 90,000 Americans die every year due to kidney disease according to the National Kidney Foundation. That means that kidney disease kills more people annually than both breast cancer and prostate cancer. The good news is that we can take small steps to protect our kidneys by integrating healthy habits into our everyday lives.

Small changes to the way you eat, drink, and exercise can help you keep your kidneys in tip-top shape.

Lower The Amount Of Red Meat You Eat

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Red meat is full of iron, which can be really good for your overall health, however, eating too much red meat can damage your kidneys over time. According to the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, red meat is “possibly kidney toxic.” This may be due to the fact that red meat produces too much dietary acid.

Protein is really good for your kidneys though, especially if that protein is plant-based. Cut some red meat out of your diet and replace it with nuts and legumes.