Toss the Pop, Save Your Kidneys

Medically reviewed in June 2022

Can you imagine a grocery store without a soft-drink section?

Well, try to pretend it isn't there. Because if you cut down on the sweet stuff, it might help ensure that your kidneys last for the long haul.

Two Below
A study revealed that—especially for women—guzzling two or more servings of sugary soda per day could increase the odds that they'd have unhealthy levels of albumin in their urine. Why is that so bad? Because high levels may be a marker of early kidney disease. Researchers aren't sure why soda seems to stress the kidneys, but it could be that high-fructose corn syrup, phosphorous, or some other ingredient in the fizzy stuff gives kidneys a hard time. (Did you know? You could fix up your kidneys with fish.)

3 Better-for-You Drinks:
The good news? Diet soda didn't seem to have an impact on albumin levels of kidney disease. Neither did having just one soda a day. But if you're ready to pitch pop anyway, consider these other refreshingly healthy options:

Find out what your soda-drinking habit says about your heart.

More On

7 diet habits that may help you get the most from your workouts

video

7 diet habits that may help you get the most from your workouts
There are a lot of factors that go into transforming your body. If you're not getting the results you'd like from the gym, try taking another look at ...
Surprising Reasons for Your Hangover, According to Science

article

Surprising Reasons for Your Hangover, According to Science
Whether you're having beers with a buddy or celebrating Wine Wednesday with your BFFs, a choice beverage can help make for a memorable evening. The po...
8 Tricks for Healthier Chili

slideshow

8 Tricks for Healthier Chili
Craving comfort food? Here’s how to make sure your favorite spicy stew doesn't weigh you down.
What are the health benefits of phytochemicals?

video

What are the health benefits of phytochemicals?
Watch as Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist Dr. Peter Bongiorno discusses the health benefits of phytochemicals.
Braised chicken thighs

video

Braised chicken thighs