How To Keep Your Kidneys Healthy
Water is the best drink to keep your kidneys healthy. Not only does it relieve thirst, but it is cheap and easily available. In most countries, you can drink the water straight out of the tap. Soft drinks are high in sugar and sometimes contain salt. Any drink with sugar in it should be limited.
For those with type 1 & 2 diabetes, soft drinks should not be consumed at all. The amount of water needed each day will vary, depending on the heat of the day and your level of activity. We always require more water in summer to avoid dehydration.
How To Reverse Kidney Disease
Many older people experience declining kidney function and often experience dehydration. Chronic illness and some medications can cause dehydration, and this group needs monitoring to ensure adequate fluid intake and to avoid further declines in renal function.
If you have worsening kidney disease your doctor may ask you to limit your water intake each day, and it is important to follow the advice.
If you drink alcohol, try to drink more water, as alcohol causes dehydration. If you have kidney disease,
consider stopping drinking alcohol altogether, and ask the doctor to refer you to a dietician for help with a food plan that may reverse the damage, and will be good for renal function. High blood pressure is also damaging to the kidneys and anyone who continually ignores high blood pressure will often end up with kidney damage. So if you are given medication to control your blood pressure, take it as recommended to stay well and avoid kidney damage.
Kidney Disease Natural Treatments
The sad thing about kidney disease is that symptoms do not develop until we have lost about 80% of our
renal function. There are a few natural treatments that are good for kidney disease.
- Foods that are very dark in color, fruits, and vegetables black beans, seeds, red/black plums, and berries like blueberries and mulberries. Fish and shellfish should also be eaten.
- Magnesium, the absorption of magnesium decreases with age, and if there is too much calcium in the kidneys and not enough magnesium to dissolve the calcium, kidney stone form and cause terrible pain. One of the best ways to increase magnesium is to drink water with high amounts of magnesium infused into it to redress the balance and prevent kidney stones from occurring.
- Medical Marijuana or CBD may calm inflammation, see your doctor for advice.
- Quercetin protects the capillaries in the kidneys
- If you are a type 1 diabetic, high blood sugar levels can be extremely damaging to the kidneys. So carefully monitoring blood sugar levels is essential for good kidney function in diabetics.
- Sodium Bicarbonate or baking soda is the subject of a recent British study that has been shown to slow the progress of chronic kidney disease. it is said to dramatically delay the need for dialysis. It works by alkalinizing the urine and promoting the excretion of uranium carbonate. This interesting, and complex research is worth following as such a common household product is available to all.
- To keep the kidneys warm, use a Biomat, like a mini electric blanket in your bed to lie on at night. This type of infrared therapy will increase the blood flow in the kidneys and ultimately improve their function.
Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy
- Get your blood pressure checked regularly to be sure that it stays within normal limits.
- Have regular blood glucose tests
- Stay within a healthy weight range.
- Get some exercise at least 5 days a week.
- Don’t add salt to foods, we get enough salt naturally
- Reduce sugar intake
- Drink plenty of water, and try to avoid dehydration.
Chinese Doctors understand kidney function and the fact that the kidneys play a role in red blood cell production, blood pressure control, and converting vitamin D to calcitriol. Many of us have only recently discovered that the kidneys have a much greater role than we realized.
If your kidneys fail life becomes very restrictive and you remain on dialysis until you are fortunate enough to get a transplant, and sadly, some people never get a donor match. Chronic kidney disease affects 1 in 7 people in the USA, with 20,000 transplants performed every year, and many more people on the waiting list for a donor.