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Soda Consumption During Hard Work in Hot Weather May Damage Your Kidneys

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked


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  • Recent research demonstrates the acute deleterious effects soda can have on your kidney function when used to quench your thirst during exertion on a hot day
  • Drinking soda causes dehydration and raises markers for kidney disease when consumed after performing manual labor or exercise in 95-degree F. weather
  • When you exert yourself in a hot environment, your body regulates blood pressure and conserves water by reducing blood flow to your kidneys. A sudden and steep drop in blood flow through your kidneys can cause acute kidney injury due to the fact that it reduces the amount of oxygen being delivered to your kidneys
  • Your diet has an overriding influence over the health of your kidneys, with sugar and excess protein topping the list of food components known to cause problems when consumed regularly
  • Poor kidney function is also associated with a number of other serious health problems, including Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease

Your kidneys — two bean-shaped organs — are located just below your rib cage, one on either side of your spine. Positioned on top of each kidney are your adrenal glands. Each day, your kidneys filter up to 150 quarts of blood and flush out waste products through your urine.

One of the reasons why you need to drink enough water is to ensure healthy kidney function. In fact, chronic low-grade dehydration is one of the most common causes of kidney stones.

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