by admin on 18/03/11 at 12:42 am
Bringing your kidneys back to a state of wellness after being damaged can be a difficult path that depends upon many factors. The level of healing can be dependent upon the reason for the kidney damage, how extensive the damage is, the lifestyle changes you are willing to make and how closely you are willing to follow a healthy diet to support and maintain kidney function. Even those with chronic kidney disease can see an improvement when the underlying cause of the damage is addressed, such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems or another disorder or disease.
Because the body cannot survive without the kidneys flushing out toxins and wastes, severely damaged kidneys may need dialysis until the kidneys are strong enough to take over again. It is vital at this point to emphasize that the treatment plan that your health care practitioner sets up for you has to be carefully observed and followed, or it does you no good.
Your healthcare provider needs to become your total confidant. They need to know about any vitamins, supplements, over the counter medications or any other type of medications you may be taking. Drug interactions can potentially create kidney damage themselves. Though supplements and diet will be adjusted to treat your particular condition, there could be some interactions if the practitioner is not aware that you are self treating.
In order to repair the kidney damage there are certain dietary requirements that are designed to address your particular problems. This is not a diet that is recommended for individuals that do not need a way to repair their kidneys. Dietary considerations will include monitoring your daily intake of protein, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. Your body needs all of those things but if the kidneys are damaged, the metabolism and conversion function of the kidneys may not be able to handle large amounts of these substances. Intake will have to be adjusted on an individual basis by your healthcare practitioner, as your problems and therefore your requirements will be different than anyone else’s.
Liquid consumption will be a factor when you are setting up your diet plan. The rule of thumb is not to put in more liquid than the kidneys are able to put out. If you drink eight glasses of water in a day, your body should eliminate eight glasses of water in a day.
Alcohol is a big NO-NO! Alcohol stresses the kidneys and causes irritation, as well of depleting the body of the nutrients that are required to heal the kidneys. If you already have kidney damage that you are trying to heal, you can undo all the benefits of a healthy diet of you drink alcohol.
Dietary Building Blocks
Repairing the kidney damage depends on the diet, we have already established that. Lessening the stress on your kidneys gives them a chance to rest and recuperate. Avoiding animal proteins such as red meat helps reduce the task of breaking down the excess waste that protein puts into your system when the kidneys can’t effectively filter it. Lowering the amount of fluid you are consuming sometimes is necessary for a short period of time until the kidneys are strong enough to handle processing the fluids in your body. But this is a factor that your doctor will need to advise you on according to your level of kidney damage.
Limit your sodium. The body does need a small amount of sodium, but many diets include salt cured meats and processed foods that contain large amounts of sodium. Leave the deli foods alone, salted peanuts or other nuts should be left on the grocer’s shelves. Sodium causes the blood pressure to rise, further stressing the kidneys.
Transplant is sometimes the only cure for kidney damage, but before the body gets to that point there are many things you can do to rest and support your kidneys while they are healing from damage. Manage your weight with diet and exercise, get enough sleep and let your kidneys rest in order to heal.