The Kidney Damage Diet

by on 16/03/11 at 5:20 am

One of the most wonderful organs in the human body is your kidneys, simply because the kidneys will heal themselves, given the opportunity. The kidneys can heal themselves, so to speak if given the right oxygen levels, cleansing support, the required nutrients and correct level of fluids. Healthy kidneys are something you probably took for granted until you first developed symptoms such as pain, either in your lower back or your urinary tract. If you do find out that you are suffering from kidney damage, discovering the following secrets about the use of dietary therapy may be all you need to restore your former health.

Limiting the amount of protein in your diet will allow your kidneys the opportunity to rest. This is vital for healing kidney damage. Constantly strained kidneys get tired, just like you do when you have taken a five kilometer walk when you normally only walk for a few minutes at a time. Your kidneys need rest, as does the rest of your body. Certainly proteins, such as red meat are hard for the kidneys to break down, so easy does it on the animal protein foods.

Sodium is another kidney stressor. The body does need a certain amount of salt, but nowhere near the amounts that most westerners use in their diet. Too much salt does cause high blood pressure, which stresses the kidneys even more. Consistent high blood pressure can put pressure on the tiny vessels in the kidney, and forces the kidneys to filter blood at a higher rate. Let the salt stay in the shaker and protect your kidneys and your heart.

Healthy eating leads to a healthy body. Loose general guidelines can help you set up a permanent eating plan, not a diet. This eating plan includes putting what is good into your body, while leaving the highly toxic substances or foods that create a large amount of waste out of your diet. This will help to protect you from further kidney damage.

Ask your health practitioner for a list of foods that you can eat in abundance. These will make up the main staple of your eating lifestyle. Despite what the weight loss industry would have you believe, your body needs some types of fats to function effectively. The healthy fats that should be in your diet are called ‘essential fatty acids’ and these are found in foods such as fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. You need to avoid saturated fats and deep fried foods as these fats can cause further kidney damage.

If you have excess weight on your body you will need to reduce this. When your kidneys are supporting a structure larger than they are designed for, you are going to place extra burden on them. Your kidneys cannot handle the extra weight; plus your lungs and heart will also have more pressure placed on them. Losing the extra weight allows your body to perform at its best.

To give your body a chance to heal you will also need to avoid alcohol. Your kidneys are already handling all they can and drinking alcohol will make them work even harder. Oedema is a side effect of consuming alcohol, as the lower extremities of the body swell because the kidneys are not able to flush the excess fluids from the tissues.

Follow the instructions and the eating plan that your health care provider designs for you. Plan a diet around foods that will not cause further kidney damage and is healthy for your whole body. The food choices that you have available to you are still wide and varied so you should not feel limited or bored. Food should be eaten raw, steamed, baked or grilled. Making some simple changes will not only help protect from further kidney damage but will leave your whole body feeling fantastic and bring you a newfound energy.

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