Is cranberry juice good for the kidneys?

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Cranberry juice may help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). The juice makes it hard for germs (bacteria) to grow in your bladder. How much water should I drink? You may not need to drink eight glasses of water every day to stay healthy, as once thought. But, water is still a better choice than drinks that have caffeine like soda, coffee or tea. These drinks can actually make you more thirsty. Avoiding extra sugary juices and fruit punches is also a good idea, especially if you have diabetes. Drinking plenty of water may also help prevent kidney stones. If you are on dialysis, you will need to limit how much you drink. Talk to your doctor about how much fluid you can drink. Why is smoking bad for the kidneys? Smoking increases a person’s risk for kidney cancer, but it also hurts your heart and blood vessels. This damage can cause high blood pressure. High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure. If a person already has kidney disease, smoking can make it ... more
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