The kidneys play an important role in filtering excess water and as a filter for harmful substances from the blood to produce urine. Some drinks can damage your kidneys and make them less able to filter the blood as they should.
Alcohol causes changes in kidney function. Excessive alcohol consumption has harmful effects on the kidneys that can cause acute kidney failure.
Even without heavy drinking, frequent alcohol consumption can slowly damage your kidneys.. The National Kidney Foundation notes that regular binge drinking has been found double the risk of chronic kidney disease, which does not disappear with time. Drinkers who also smoke are five times more likely to develop the disease.
2. Soft drinks
People who drink a lot of sugary sodas may be up to 61 percent more likely to develop chronic kidney disease than those who don’t, suggests a US study published in 2018 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The cause and effect relationship was not determined.
3. Diet sodas
High consumption of carbonated diet sodas can affect your kidneys. Kidney function declined over two decades in women who drank two or more diet sodas a day, according to researchers from the prestigious Nurses’ Health Study. Compared to women who did not drink diet sodas, women who drank soda had a 30% greater reduction in kidney function in 20 years.
An October 2017 study published in the Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases found Aspartame (artificial sweetener) can be toxic to the kidneys.
Juices can help provide more antioxidants, as well as some of the vitamins and minerals. However, these drinks should not replace the consumption of fruit since they lack fiber and are more concentrated in sugar content, if it is highly processed even they may have added sugars.
As we anticipated, the high consumption of sugary drinks is associated with a greater probability of chronic kidney disease.
To keep in mind
When your kidneys don’t work as well as they should, waste and fluids build up in your body. Over time, waste and excess fluid can cause heart, bone, and health problems.
Water is the best option to quench your thirst. Coffee and tea, without added sweeteners, are also healthy beverage options. Harvard nutrition experts recommend limiting or consuming in moderation fruit juices, milk, and drinks made with low-calorie sweeteners as well as avoiding sugary drinks like sodas, sports drinks, and energy drinks. Even moderate alcohol consumption can affect your health.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.