As we all know the primary function of the kidneys is to filter the blood. I liken the kidneys to the air filter in our homes’ central heat and air unit. If the filter is full of lint and clogged the HVAC system cannot function properly.  The same is true with our kidneys. If our diet bombards them with impurities, they cannot possibly handle it and that will lead to kidney disease.

Some of the ways our kidneys are damaged are excessive alcohol (doctors recommend no more than one drink for women and two for men a day). Adults need to drink 2-3 liters of water a day because dehydration damages the kidneys.  Anti-inflammatory drugs or common pain medication overuse damages the kidneys. Salt (sodium): this culprit is hard on the kidneys to filter out, and it is so easy in our culture to eat excessive salt.

To avoid eating a high sodium diet try eliminating these foods from your diet. Deli meats or all processed meats

Canned soups and box prepared foods

Breakfast cereals

Vegetable juice



Frozen meals

Canned sauces


As I was writing the list of high sodium foods, I realized I have some changes to make. Primarily a fresh food diet with little if any processed foods.  How about You? What changes can you make for your kidney health?