8 Symptoms That Show You Have Too Much Protein In Your Urine And Foods To Avoid

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The two fist-sized, bean-shaped organs called kidneys located on both sides of the spinal cord act as filters as they help the body to clean out wastes, water and acids from the body, and release the product of their filtration in the form of urine for onward removal from the body via the urethra. One other important thing the kidneys do is that when filtering the blood, they don't allow a lot of protein to pass through to the urine.

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However, when kidneys are becoming weak or simply diseased, proteins such as albumin may leak from the blood into the urine and when this occurs, a condition called proteinuria is said to be present. Although a bit of urine is often present in urine, in people with proteinuria, however, the protein levels are abnormally high and the condition is often indicative of kidney disease. Proteinuria can also occur in a person when their body makes too much protein.

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High levels of protein in the urine (proteinuria) are often one of the first major warning signs of kidney disease. However, many people with proteinuria won't notice any signs when the condition is mild or at the early stages, but with time, the condition may get worse and certain symptoms would start surfacing. A few of the symptoms that may indicate the presence of high levels of urine in urine include the following:

1. Foamy or bubbly pee

2. Swelling (oedema) in your hands, feet, belly, and face

3. Increased urination

4. Shortness of breath

5. Weakness and fatigue

6. Upset stomach and vomiting

7. Muscle cramps especially at night

8. Loss of appetite

Some of the things that can cause high levels of protein to be present in your urine include low blood pressure, dehydration, fever, inflammation, high stress, kidney stones, and taking aspirin every day. Proteinuria may be triggered by certain risk factors, which include being obese or overweight, being over the age of 65, and having a family history of kidney disease. Determining the cause of proteinuria is often the first thing before treatment is started.

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Food can also play certain parts in the development of many conditions that can affect the kidney and the urinary tract in general, hence, it is highly recommended to consume certain foods that are not friendly to the kidney and other organs that make up the urinary tract in moderation. A few examples of foods that can particularly affect your kidneys are highlighted below:

1. Salty foods

2. Sugary foods

3. Processed foods

4. Alcohol

5. Meats

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Sources: Webmd.com.

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