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Our kidneys are one of our hardest working organs and often have to endure tough conditions to keep our system clean. Sometimes, we can unknowingly make it doubly challenging to rid our bodies of toxins. Here are a few common habits that you might not realize are putting pressure on your kidneys.

1. Overusing painkillers

Over the counter pain medicines, such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), may alleviate your aches and pains, but they can harm the kidneys, especially if you already have kidney disease. Reduce your regular use of NSAIDs and never go over the recommended dosage.

2. Eating too much salt

Diets high in salt are high in sodium, which can increase blood pressure and, in turn, harm your kidneys. Flavor your foods with herbs and spices instead of salt. Over time, you may find it easier to avoid using added salt (sodium) on your food.

3. Consuming processed foods

Processed foods are significant sources of sodium and phosphorus

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