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Is beer good for your kidneys?

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Drinking beer in moderation can minimize the risk of kidney stones, according to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Due to compounds in hops that slow the release of calcium from the bone, consumption of beer can prevent kidney stones from occurring. Beyond kidney health, beer is high in B vitamins, soluble fiber and silicon, which is linked to stronger bones, making it a healthful beverage when consumed in moderation.

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Is beer good for your kidneys?
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While too much beer can be bad for the kidneys and overall health, when consumed in moderation in people with healthy kidneys, beer can have a positive impact on the kidneys and body in general, according to DaVita Kidney Care. However, consuming too much beer can lead to kidney disease, liver disease and high blood pressure in people who are otherwise healthy.

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease, according to DaVita Kidney Care. Drinking alcohol can also interfere with medicines, especially those that are designed to help control blood pressure, which can stress regular kidney function. Excessive alcohol consumption can also prevent the correct balance of minerals and body fluids in the kidneys.

According to DaVita Kidney Care, women and older adults should limit themselves to one beer daily and men to two beers daily to prevent negative effects.

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