6 Foods to avoid
The following 6 foods (and food components) can actually harm your bones or your kidneys (especially when consumed in large quantities) and some of them may surprise you.
- Animal Protein (Meat and Dairy)
For one thing, milk contains animal protein. This protein is highly acidifying, whether it comes from a goat, sheep, or cow. This is why the consumption of milk and other dairy products increases calcium secretion in the urine – the body must take calcium from the bones to neutralise the acid in your system before your kidneys get bombarded with the excess protein.
Meat is, of course, straight animal protein, meat-rich diets increase the risk of uric acid kidney stones. This is direct evidence that animal protein harms your kidneys.
A balanced vegetarian diet with a moderate animal protein results in the lowest risk of uric acid crystallisation compared to the omnivorous diets
It is to become caffeine dependent. But while this stimulant may make you feel more energy temporarily, it ultimately makes you feel older and more tired.
Long-term caffeine use can increase your risk of renal failure. Even brief caffeine consumption increases your risk of developing kidney stones, especially on an empty stomach. So have caffeine in moderation.
- Synthetic Sweeteners
While it’s true that sugar is bad for your bones, the “fake stuff” will rapidly decrease your kidney function. The fact is, these artificial sweeteners are synthetic chemicals that are toxic and acidifying.
Beverages rob your bones of their youthful vitality in other ways besides crippling your kidneys. They literally melt your bones because of the enormous amount of caustic phosphoric acid they contain. This acid dissolves calcium, making it just about impossible to prevent bone loss.
Table salt contains sodium chloride (NaCl), anti-caking agents, and often dextrose. It’s also bleached and processed for uniform color and crystal size.
The kidneys must try to keep up with the resulting salt levels in the blood, increasing the need for water to keep intercellular fluids balanced. The body then holds the water as it tries to correct for the excess salt, creating excessive blood volume. The cardiovascular and renal systems must work very hard under this pressure.
- GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)
Some very common foods like corn, canola, and soy are almost always genetically modified these days, while evidence mounts that these foods cause kidney damage.