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Diet Tips To Help You Overcome Kidney Disease With Ease

In this article I wanted to help clarify a few very important things when it comes to knowing exactly what constitutes to an extremely healthy kidney diet.

Every single day I receive emails from all over the world, from people confused about what they are allowed and not allowed to eat when they’re suffering from kidney disease. This is obviously a fair question that you will want to know the answer to if you want to move forward and live a healthy lifestyle.

Of course in the world we live in right now, lack of information is not the issue. Rather the problem is that all the good information has been mixed up among tons and tons of rubbish information that is largely misleading people.

People who have zero knowledge about the area of kidney disease are writing articles, but even more problematic is the fact that there are some extremely large kidney health organizations that are also writing up useless and misleading information.

One diet may turn out to be really healthy for one individual but can workout to be extremely unhealthy for another. This is because while a diet may constitute of healthy ingredients that in the normal sense are very good for you, there may be some items that are actually very bad for your kidneys.

This is the very reason why you are reading a ton of articles out there that completely contradict each other. One article tells you to do one thing and another tells you to do the complete opposite. This can result in you becoming extremely confused.

So my hope with this article is to help guide you toward the most correct kidney diet information. All the information that I share with you will be based on solid scientific research and not random theory! Once you have the right knowledge you’ll be able to move toward getting on the best renal diet which will help you move toward great health.

Here are my top tips when it comes implementing a really healthy kidney diet:

One. Eat

oneThere’s a ton of contradictory information out in the world wide web when it comes to what you should eat that I thought it was a good place to start.

When you’re trying to overcome kidney disease or any health issue for that matter, nothing is worse than being told what you can’t do anymore! If you’ve been used to living life in a certain way then being told not to do something can be very disheartening and not a great place to start.

So to start off on a more positive note the following are foods you can consume in whatever quantity you want.

1. Fruits:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries
  • Apricots
  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Peach
  • Pineapple

2. Vegetables:

  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Parsley
  • Mung Beans
  • Radishes

3. Protein:

  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu

4. Other:

  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Popcorn
  • White Rice
  • Sea Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • Olives
  • Paprika
  • Macadamia Nuts

Now there are many other foods out there that you can of course consume when you’re suffering from kidney failure but these the main foods that you can eat and are ones that are actually good for you.

The great thing about these foods in particular is that they are full of great vitamins and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and sodium which are things that you will need a moderate amount of as part of your kidney diet. But keep in mind that while these foods are good for you, you won’t want to go too crazy!

Two. Avoid

twoNow the following are foods that you are going to want to avoid as they are not great for you, particularly when you’re suffering from kidney disease. So cut them from kidney diet as best as you can!

1. Red Meat
2. Dairy

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cream
  • Ice Cream
  • Yoghurt

3. Alcohol
4. Gluten

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Kamut
  • Spelt
  • Oats

5. Highly Processed Foods
6. Sugar

Again there are many other foods that you are going to want to avoid but these are the main categories that I’d highly recommend that you leave out of your kidney disease diet.

Three. Monitor

threeMost renal disease experts will tell you that if there’s one thing you are going to want to pay attention to it is to watch the amount of potassium, phosphorus, sodium and protein that you consume on a daily basis.

But of course what constitutes as being healthy for each individual can vary a lot. This is precisely why you need to visit a fully trained nutritionist who will be able to create a quality kidney diet for you.

But while some of you may have to strictly measure the amount of potassium, protein, phosphorus and sodium that you consume every single day, most will not.

It totally depends upon what stage of kidney disease you’re actually suffering from, and the results of the blood test you get back. Based on the results of the blood test your nutritionist will be able to give you solid and specific advice tailor for you.

This is why you must make it your number one priority to get out there and get a blood test done by your local doctor. The faster you do this, the faster you are going to be able to move toward getting your health back in order.

Once you know which nutrients you need to consume less of and which ones more of then you will be able to take the appropriate action!

Four. Alkaline

fourYou see, the best thing that you’re ever going to do is follow a good quality alkaline diet. The reason being is that your blood needs a good alkaline blood supply in order for your body to function properly.

You might not know but if the PH of your blood deviates anywhere above or below 7.35 to 7.45 then your body will shut down very, very quickly, which will of course result in your dying very quickly. But the good news is that you aren’t going to have to do anything out of the ordinary. Rather by following a good quality kidney diet you will basically be following an alkaline diet too.

Your kidneys are very important in helping give your body the balance they need to function properly as a whole. So by eating right you are going to be burdening your kidneys a lot less than normal. And the bonus is that you are going to be giving your kidneys a good source of alkaline blood which will replenish them with all the nutrients they need.

Five. Fluid

fiveBy fluid, I essentially mean that you should be drinking the following things throughout the day.

1. Water
2. Herbal Teas
3. Echinacea
4. Vegetable/Fruit Juice

The following drinks are things that you are going to want to totally avoid from now on. These drinks include:

1. Coffee
2. Soda including sugar free versions
3. Tea
4. Alcohol

The reason why I’m differentiating all the different drinks out there is because there are many people out there that are totally confused and are putting fluids in their body that are terrible for their long term health!

Here are the exact reasons why you are going to want to avoid the toxic drinks and start drinking more fluids that are actually good for you:

1. The drinks that I mentioned above that you’re going to want to avoid are listed because they are particularly bad for your kidneys, especially alcohol, coffee, and soda.

2. You might be surprised to hear but the drinks that I mentioned above for you to avoid will actually deplete your body of more fluid than they put in. This is because they act as diuretics which make you urinate more than normal.

3. These drinks also deplete your body of some very important nutrients.

4. And over the long term they are going to cause your body a lot more harm than good, especially if they are drunk on a regular basis.

You really need to sit down and reflect for a moment. Your body is over 70% water, and so you are literally becoming more of what you drink. So if you drink junk what do you think you will become?

Six. Prepare and Take Pre-Existing Conditions into Mind

sixIf you happen to be suffering from other health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes then you are going to want to control your diet to take these issues into mind.

Please don’t get overwhelmed by all this information that I’m sharing with you. Because if you follow a good quality kidney diet then you are literally going to be following a diet that is 90% compliant with those of you that suffer from things like diabetes and high blood pressure.

A few simple tweaks here and there and you will be well on your way to getting into the best health of your life.

Seven. Hard Work and Dedication

sevenThe good news is that by simply following a high quality renal diet you will be well on your way to getting your kidneys to function as normal which will help you get into the best health of your life. It really is as simple as that my friend!

However the bad news is that because the path to recovery is so simple, the reality is that most of you that are reading this will not do anything. You see all the information you need to get into amazing health once again is right in front of you in this article and all you need to do in order to get amazing results is follow through on it.

But the only way to get consistent results is to make sure that you implement the tips every single day without fail. You can’t just do it whenever you feel like as this will not get you anywhere.

You really have to become dedicated and committed to seeing the results that you’re after.

But trust me, once you begin to see amazing results (which will be very quickly!) you will realize that the effort and hard work was more than worth it.

Trust me, I have been through my share of strict diets and I realize how hard it can be at times.

And yes, I’m never 100% perfect and do indulge in a little treat here and there but overall I make sure that I’m living a healthy lifestyle and that my diet is as clean as possible.

Being fully dedicated to the kidney diet is the only way you are going to end up getting results that you can be proud of. You will end up getting into the best health of your life and literally be bouncing about with energy.

If you have any further questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email, I’ll be sure to respond super fast :)

All the best,

Jenny!

The Most Common Kidney Disease Symptoms You Will Experience

What kidney disease symptoms are you likely to experience? When do they actually come about and why do they come about?

There are many of you out there that are just going to be plain confused when it comes to the various renal disease symptoms, and trust me this is a lot more common than you might think.

The reason this happens is because…

1. Kidney disease isn’t that well known among the general public out there and therefore it’s largely misunderstood by many people.
2. There are many smaller conditions that come under the main term kidney disease, and each of these illnesses has its own set of symptoms.
3. There are two variations to kidney disease… acute or chronic.
4. Kidney disease is just one of the many different names that are used by professionals. Other common names for the same disease include…

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Renal failure
  • Renal disease
  • End stage kidney disease

and many, many more.

5. The symptoms of renal disease don’t usually come about until much later. This is why this condition is often known as the silent killer.

So What is the Point of this Article?

The whole reason that I’m writing this article in the first place is so that you guys will know the exact signs and symptoms you will experience if you have kidney disease.

These are the most common symptoms that you’ll experience when your kidney has already started to deteriorate.

Below are the most common symptoms of kidney disease that you will experience when you have kidneys that aren’t working as they should. Of course, I’ve done my best to also include the exact reasons behind why these symptoms actually occur in the first place.

This will help all of you guys that are actually suffering from the disease to actually understand your condition a whole lot better.

Most of the symptoms that I mention below will be experienced by those of you that have stage 3/4 kidney disease.

1st Symptom: Changes in Urine

This has to be one of the most common symptoms of kidney disease. Of course, this makes a lot of sense because your kidney’s main function is to regulate your body via urine. The changes you will experience include:

  • Increase in urination in the evening/night
  • A lot of foam of bubbles produced in your urine (a sign of excess protein being excreted by your body)
  • An increase/decrease in urine production
  • Your urine has become dark yellow/brown
  • Blood in your urine
  • A feeling of pressure/struggle when urinating

Well the cause of this symptom is rather obvious and its because your kidneys are damaged, hence the process of producing urine is messed up!

This symptom has to be the most common out of them all!

2nd Symptom: Fatigue

You feel tired and fatigued all the time, regardless of how much sleep you get.

There are many different causes of this symptom including:

1. Anemia: Your kidneys play a very important role in the production of a hormone called EPO. This hormone is essential for your body to produce red blood cells. Of course when you don’t have a kidney that is working at its optimal rate then you’re just not going to get enough EPO being made.

2. Decreased Oxygenation: As I mentioned above kidney disease can result in a lower amount of red blood cells being made in your body which means that you are going to have far fewer red blood cells in your body to transport adequate amounts of oxygen around the body to where it’s needed.

On top of this side effect is the fact that fluid can actually build up around your lungs which can make it harder to breath in deeply. Hence bringing in a good amount of oxygen can be hard at times.

3. Adrenal Fatigue: You can say that the kidneys and adrenals are one and the same thing. While they are not technically part of the same organ they are connected, and the adrenals produce a very important hormone by the name of aldosterone which helps your kidneys reabsorb a lot of sodium and water. Also when you look at it from an energetic point they are the same thing.

The adrenal glands are basically located on top of your kidneys, and as a result they work in conjunction with one another.

Your adrenal glands are basically your body’s anti-stress/energy center. This is the place where hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrinecortisol are released and this is the source where your body gets an increase in energy.

If your kidneys are not working as they should be then you can be sure that your adrenals will not be either.

3rd Symptom: Itching

Itching has to be one of the most common symptoms of kidney disease out there. It’s a symptom that is very persistent and can make you feel irritated all the time.

The reason you feel itchy in the first place is because of the toxic waste build up in your blood stream, which eventually rises up to your skin. The other reason you might be feeling quite itchy is because you have a lot of phosphates in your blood.

4th Symptom: Nausea and Vomiting

This is one of the more unpleasant symptoms of kidney disease and results in the individual also getting the feeling of low appetite and anorexia.

Again like the 3rd symptom this comes about as a result of the build up of toxins in the blood, but the main toxin that causes this symptom is one called urea.

5th Symptom: Finding it Hard to Breathe

Feeling out of breath is something that a lot of people with renal disease will experience. Even if it’s only a slight issue, it is a constant reminder of the fact that they are not 100% healthy.

The number one cause of this symptom is because of anemia, the low production of red blood cells and the build up of fluid around your lungs.

6th Symptom: Easy Bleeding and Bruising

Do you find that even the slightest knock or bump results in a heavy bruise? Or do you find that cuts takes forever to heal?

The cause of this is simple. Your kidneys are not working as they should be hence this affects the rate at which blood clots. Not having enough vitamin C is the reason why you get bruised easily.

7th Symptom: Swelling

Getting a swelling or feeling of puffiness can come about in any area of the body.

It usually comes about because of fluid retention. An excess amount of fluid builds up in the body simply because the kidneys find it a lot harder to get rid of all the excess fluid there is present.

Here are some other kidney disease symptoms that are very common…

1. Anorexia
2. Inflammation around the heart causing chest pain
3. Constipation
4. Diarrhea
5. Constant Headaches
6. Hypercalcaemia (High levels of blood calcium)
7. Hyperkalemia (High levels of blood potassium)
8. Hypernatraemia (High levels of blood sodium)
9. Hyperphosphatemia (High levels of blood phosphate)
10. A constant feeling of thirst
11. Insomnia
12. Feeling of numbness
13. Low appetite
14. Low vitamin D levels
15. Low libido
16. Poor levels of concentration
17. Muscle cramps
18. Osteoporosis
19. Pale skin color
20. Feeling of weakness

So What Should You Do?

Yes, there are a lot of you out there that are going to read this list of symptoms and become extremely depressed. You might feel that you have no chance and no hope of living a healthy and fulfilling life. But this is not at all true. If you’re prepared to do the right things then you can change your life around for the better.

There is always something you can do to overcome the symptoms of kidney disease that you might experience.

Believe me, there are many different options you have available to you when it comes to medication you can take. The best place to start would be to begin doing your own research as well as talking to your local doctor. Get all the facts you can and then go forward on that path you believe will help you the most.

Often times all you really need to do is implement a high quality kidney diet and you will find pretty much all the symptoms will disappear.

While medication can temporarily relieve you of the pain you are experiencing it won’t help to get rid of the symptoms for good. This is why I recommend you stick to choosing those options that are as natural as possible.

By the way check out this informative article:

Simple and Effective Tips To Help You Remain Positive Even With Renal Disease

So your doctor has just revealed that you have kidney disease, and the news has literally rocked your world! Your shaking, not knowing what this actually means and what the consequences are going to be.

You’re having talks with all sorts of so called specialists but you really don’t know what is happening or whether your life will ever be the same again. You’re wishing it’s all a dream and that you will wake up any moment!

Of course, this sort of situation happens to just about any person who is first told they are suffering with kidney disease.

Once you have gone through the denial stage you are going to want to make sure that you are extremely positive, because the stress you will experience will just not do anything positive for you. Rather you need to keep a positive mental attitude at all times and keep moving forward.

There’s tons of research studies out there that show just how much the mind affects your body in a physiological way.

So whether you are thinking negatively or positively you are going to be affecting your body in some sort way.

While going through any sort of illness is a tough thing to do, you need to make sure that you keep a positive outlook as it’s going to help you tremendously.

At the same time you are not going to want to be one of those people that keeps bouncing around between being happy and sad all the time. This can be even more draining (both physically and mentally) than just being sad all the time.

However the good news is that by implementing the following tips you are going to be able to develop a really strong and positive mindset that will help you a lot in terms of creating long lasting health!

11. You really need to stop negatively labeling yourself. You see most people out there have a negative image of themselves, and whenever something goes wrong, they keep telling themselves that it’s because of their negatives attributes that it went wrong.

Whatever silly negative beliefs you have about yourself you need to destroy because it is preventing you from living a healthy and fulfilling life.

22. Your problems are your greatest assets and it’s the fuel you need to use to push yourself forward in this world. Study the lives of the most successful people in this world and you will find that they all went through some extreme hardships before they eventually went on to achieve their greatest successes!

Your situation is literally no different. Some people go on to live in the best health of their lives after going through periods of extreme disease.

Of course, not everyone that goes through disease will go on to experience great success in the outside world but that  doesn’t mean the journey within has been any less successful. By facing death, many people have gone on to really appreciate life more, other people have become a lot more closer to their family etc.

So what does your future hold? Well the reality is that only you can answer that question! But know if you keep a positive attitude then there is nothing in this world that can stop you from living out the life you want to live. With every difficulty that you will go through, there is an opportunity ripe for the taking.

33. Seriously take it one inch at a time. You really don’t need to get overwhelmed because nothing great was ever done in an instant. The same is true here, recovery is going to take some time.

The sad reality is that most people give up before they even take one single step. They get overwhelmed and feel that it’s way too out of reach for them to do anything meaningful. But let me just say that it isn’t at all impossible if you just keep pushing hard.

You just need to apply the correct knowledge and remain committed right to the end. You really need to put in the work everyday because that’s what is going to help you in the long run!

Just wake up everyday with the intention that you’re going to take it one baby step at a time. Keep the vision of great health in mind and believe me soon enough you will get to where you want to be.

44. Be grateful all the time. Those that are extremely grateful for the things that they have, will go on to do very well because it keeps you away from thinking about what you don’t have.

The best way to really implement the attitude of gratefulness in your life is to create a ritual that you abide by every single day. A simple example could be to wake up every single day and just appreciate all the things you have in your life that you love.

Believe me, this act of being grateful is extremely powerful and will help you stay positive and happy all day long!

55. You really need to start exercising regularly. You have to keep that mind and body connection alive and exercise is an important part of this process. A healthy body is the key to having and developing a healthy mind.

The difference between life and death is the sheer act of movement. You haven’t seen a dead corpse move, aside from the movies have you?

The truly exceptional thing about exercise is that not only does it promote health but you will also be releasing a good amount of positive endorphins which are essentially hormones that promote happiness :)

So you can say that exercise is a great way to promote all that positive energy and also a good way to wash away all that negative energy! You’re literally hitting two birds with one stone.

Whatever form of exercise you choose to go with make sure that it’s something that you find enjoyable. You need to be having a lot of fun doing the exercise because this is the key to developing a life long habit of staying fit.

The best way to really find an exercise that you’re going to want to do every single day is to get out there and try different things. This means getting involved with things like weight lifting, running, and swimming etc until you find that one (or more) exercise that you are going to want to do all the time.

So I hope that these tips will help you really get out there and develop the positive mindset you need to overcome renal disease for good. Because believe me, there’s nothing more powerful than creating a rock solid mindset. If you have any more tips then be sure to let us know in the comments below!