Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Kidney Disease Awareness
Do you ever experience chronic fatigue or frequent bloating?? Have you had kidney stones, skin problems, or frequent recurring urinary tract infections?? Perhaps it is your kidneys
Toxins that remain in your system will build up in your kidneys leading to renal disease or renal failure. Healthy kidneys have millions of nephrons that filter out waste through the urine. Unhealthy kidneys lose the ability to efficiently filter out waste, and toxins start to build up in the blood. Excess waste in the body can cause nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, generalized weakness, change in taste and itchy skin.
Our kidneys work hard, perhaps they are the hardest working organ of the body. Our kidneys filter out about 30 gallons of blood and remove toxins and excess fluid every day. Kidneys monitor blood pressure, make red blood cells, regulate calcium that will help us build strong bones and helps balance electrolyte levels. Now that is a lot of work and all of it done by our kidneys.
Normally there are no early signs that kidney problems will display. That is why it is important to maintain healthy kidneys. Kidney disease symptoms include nausea, decreased appetite, swelling of ankles and lower legs, fatigue, itching and dry skin, foamy and bloody urine as well as a bad taste in your mouth. Our bodies are designed to naturally detox and remove excess uric acid from the body through urine. When our kidneys are not functioning properly the toxins can build up in blood.
We should eat lots of fruit and veggies and stay away from animal meats and fats as it has uric acid when struggling with kidney disease. Uric acid can crystalize in the blood and accumulate around the joints, creating arthritic pain. My sons both have gout and suffer with much pain during an attack. Foods high in uric acid that should be avoided when suffering from gout are red meat, chicken and fish, fats, yeast and beer. In addition it is wise to avoid excess sugar, salt and caffeine.
One thing you can do to help is to drink a berry smoothie daily
1 cup of mixed berries
1 organic, peeled, raw beet
1/2 cup of organic cranberry juice
1/2 cup of organic milk, greek yogurt, or kefir
2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
1 cup of dark green leafy vegetables (your choice)
Most of us were born with 2 good kidneys We should take care of them because we need them to live. In my career path I have taken care of many who have been on dialysis because of Kidney disease