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Regenerate the Kidneys..

Protein
Protein is important to the body. It helps the body repair muscles and fight disease. Protein comes mostly from meat but can also be found in eggs, milk, nuts, beans, and other foods. Healthy kidneys take wastes out of the blood but leave in the protein. Impaired kidneys may fail to separate the protein from the wastes. Avoid high protein diets so the kidneys have less work to do, but be sure your daily menu includes the minimum requirements of the essential amino acids. These are less than what you think.
 
Sodium
sodium is a chemical found in salt, frozen food items, processed foods and preserved foods. Too much Sodium can raise a person's Blood Pressure. Avoid salt if you suffer from edema (dropsy) or CKD. This can have grave consequences not only on your kidneys but on your heart and blood vessels as well. Only two to three grams of sodium chloride daily are needed to maintain normal blood levels of these elements.
Potassium
Potassium is a mineral found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, potatoes, bananas, dried fruits, dried beans and peas, and nuts. Healthy kidneys measure potassium in the blood and remove excess amounts. Diseased kidneys may fail to remove excess potassium. With very poor kidney function, high potassium levels can affect the heart rhythm.
Spices
Avoid hot spices and chemicals added to your food and in your environment. Your liver may no longer be able to handle them and the burden is passed on to your kidneys.
Smoking
Smoking not only increases the risk of kidney disease, but it also contributes to deaths from strokes and heart attacks in people with CKD.
Dehydration
 Your kidneys have to work more when urinary volume falls below 2/2 quarts during a 24 hour period. Make up for excessive losses of water through perspiration by increasing your fluid intake
Infections
Avoid infections, especially of the upper respiratory tract. The antibodies your body manufactures to fight off the infection can irritate delicate kidney membranes.

We discussed at great length what you could do to minimize your kidneys' work load and so help them to get well. One of the points made was that infections, especially of the upper respiratory tract, further strained weak kidneys and so had to be avoided at all costs. The best way to do this, as we all know, is to build up body resistance. And this brings us to the second aspect of our program: providing your kidneys with tools for regeneration.

Vitamin C



The first tool needed for building re­sistance to infection is vitamin C. Studies have shown that vitamin C is a veritable jack-of-all-trades when it comes to af­fording the body protection from dis­ease.

Vitamin C acts as an over-all detoxify­ing agent, making whatever foreign sub­stances enter the body—from a virus to a chemical or a drug———harmless, ap­parently, by simply combining with it. (Please note that even if the only drug you take is aspirin, it will increase your need for vitamin C since the vitamin will combine with the aspirin to detoxify it.)


 Doctors have given vitamin C in mas­sive therapeutic doses for such illnesses as meningitis, polio, virus pneumonia and other infectious diseases with amaz­ing success. But massive dosing is one thing (and should only be tried under the care of a naturopath or physician) and prevention is another.

 The first step in preventing infection is to saturate the tissues with vitamin G and then maintain them saturated with adequate daily amounts. The National Research  Council  recommends a  min­imum of 75 mg. of vitamin C daily for the average adult male and 70 mg. for the average female.* But illness and even such   environmental  factors  as  contact with toxic chemicals can increase your requirements    enormously.    Since   very large amounts of natural vitamin C can be taken without harm—once the tissues are saturated, the excess is excreted—it would be a good idea  to take two  or three times this amount daily and double the dose when you know you've been ex­posed to infections or bad weather or if you've allowed yourself to become over­tired.

*The pregnant and nursing woman should in­crease these amounts to 100 and 150 mg. re­spectively, according to NRC recommendations.

Sources of Vitamin C


The best sources of vitamin C are, as everyone knows by now, the citrus fruits: oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes. Those unfortunates who do not take well to the citrus fruits will be able to find sizeable quantities of this vitamin in the following fruits and vegetables: broc­coli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chards, collards, endives, kale, kohlrabi, mangoes, mustard greens, papayas, par­sley, green peppers, spinach, turnip greens, watercress. The tropical fruits, acerola cherries and guavas, are even richer than the citrus fruits in vitamin C. Rose hips are also a very good source.

The best way to have these fruits and vegetables is raw, either whole or, pre­ferably, in raw juice form. Unfortunate­ly, most people feed most of their vitamin C to their kitchen walls or else they spend their money on wilted or processed foods already deficient in this vitamin. Vitamin C is very fragile. It's easily de­stroyed when it comes in contact with oxygen. Its next greatest enemy is heat. For example, 100 gms. of kale, a high vitamin C food, contains 115 mg. of vitamin C in its fresh, raw state. After it's been cooked it contains only 51 mg. This is true of the other vitamin C foods. From 50% to 60% of their C value can be lost by cooking or lack of refrigeration. The terrible habit housewives have of squeezing orange juice hours before it's to be drunk may very well be responsible for more colds than there is tea in china. Besides fighting off viruses, drugs and chemicals, vitamin C also helps the body utilize certain other nutrients. Calcium, for example, is not used properly in the calcification of bone when there is a vitamin C deficiency. However, even more important to us at this moment is that vitamin C (ascorbic acid), because it is an acid, enhances the body's absorp­tion of iron. This leads us to the next phase of our regenerating program: the correction of anemia (apparent or hid­den) which is nearly always part of the clinical picture in kidney disorders.


Treating Anemia

Impaired kidneys and anemia general­ly go hand in hand in an unfortunate vicious cycle. Apparently, autointoxication due to the chronic retention of ni­trogen products (i.e., protein end-prod­ucts) causes a lessening in bone marrow function. Since the bone marrow is in charge of manufacturing the red blood cells, anemia results.

Now, no part of the body—from the most vital organ to the minutest cell— can function without oxygen. An inade­quate oxygen supply means cell suffoca­tion and cell death. This is precisely what happens when you are anemic for you lack an adequate supply of the oxygen-bearing red blood cells. (Naturally, the greater the degree of anemia, the greater the degree of cell suffocation.) Without these red blood cells, no oxygen is carried from your lungs to any part of your body —your kidneys included. You can well see why correcting anemia is a giant step towards regenerating your kidneys.

You will have taken the first step in correcting anemia when you minimize autointoxication by restricting your pro­tein intake. This may sound paradoxical to you: you have been hearing for years that a high protein diet is a "must" to build up anemic persons. In the case of kidney disorders, it is not. Protein res­triction will do more towards controlling anemia than a high protein diet, pro­vided your protein intake does not fall below the minimum amount needed to maintain protein balance. If your pro­tein intake consistently falls below this minimum, you will aggravate your an­emic condition by causing excessive body protein breakdown.


Eliminating Edema

You will take a second step in correct­ing anemia by eliminating gastrointestinal edema (dropsy) which interferes with your body's absorption of nutrients. Salt restriction, as we discussed before, is one way to prevent the formation of edema. But certain fluids act as diuretics; that is, they help your body eliminate edema. One of these fluids is, of all things, water. "Water," say Drs. Stieglitz and Kimble, "is the safest, most effective and least ex­pensive diuretic available."

Certain fruit juices, primarily the citrus fruit juices, also have the same diuretic effect but, besides, have other advantages: by drinking plenty of the citrus juices, not only will you help your body eliminate edematous fluids, but at the same time you will be helping meet your liquid requirements as well as your vitamin C requirements. Furthermore, this same vitamin C will help your body absorb iron and so is doubly effective in correcting anemia which may also be caused by a deficiency in iron.

As a matter of fact, in the face of kid­ney ailments, it is quite likely that the accompanying anemia is not only caused by autointoxication, but also by multiple nutritional deficiencies brought on by a chronically poor appetite (also a part of the vicious cycle).

You will take a third step in correcting anemia if you make sure your diet con­tains abundant amounts of iron, vitamin Ei2, folic acid, niacin, vitamin Be and copper, deficiencies of which can lead to one form or another of anemia. To this this list you can also add cobalt. Recent evidence seems to show that cobalt is especially effective in treating anemia in chronic kidney disease by stimulating red blood cell production.

Brewers' yeast, wheat germ and germ oil, whole wheat, blackstrap molasses, des-sicated liver or liver extract, eggs, green leafy vegetables, royal jelly are all very good sources of these nutrients. How­ever, if your appetite is poor, it is a good idea to supplement your no doubt in­adequate diet with some natural vitamin and mineral tablets containing these elements.


Facilitate  Iron Absorption

One more word about iron metabolism. As was said, iron absorption is en­hanced by vitamin C but, on the other hand, seems to be diminished in the pres­ence of foods. Some investigators believe that it's just the actual food bulk, taken simultaneously with the iron, which low­ers the body's efficiency in absorbing this element  (possibly because its energy is thus diverted to other purposes?) Other investigators believe that certain foods— such   as   the   refined   carbohydrates— stimulate the flow of alkaline juices and so lower the absorption of iron since it needs an acid medium to be absorbed properly. That pinch-of-soda habit for your "acid indigestion" lessens the natural acidity of your gastric juices and so can hinder your body's iron absorption. Peptic ulcer sufferers who have been prescribed antacids for their condition may also be in the same boat.


If you want your body to utilize its iron intake most efficiently, then, it would be best to take your iron food or iron supplement—say brewers' yeast or wheat germ or turnip greens or an iron tablet—with a glass of orange juice be­tween meals rather than with meals. Obviously, whatever affects your body will, in the long run, have an effect on your kidneys. However, your kidneys will be affected more directly when certain nutrients   are   missing   or  inadequately supplied in your diet though the effects may not be seen immediately. (Remem­ber your kidneys started off with a cap­acity 400%  above  their normal work load.)

For example, rats fed a diet deficient in the essential unsaturated fatty acids died an early death. On autopsy it was found that 100% of them had damaged kidneys.

Unfortunately, in this day of margarine and hydrogenated fats and oils, a deficiency of essential fatty acids is prob­ably not as rare as we would like to be­lieve. The chief sources of these fatty acids are the natural vegetable oils: cot­tonseed, corn and soya oils are the best. Olive oil is also a good source. But, now­adays, nearly all vegetable oils are hydro­genated, losing most of their essential fat­ty acid content. Animal fats contain even less. So the list of good sources is getting ever shorter and if hydrogenation— which, along with "swept-wing" cars, seems to be the fashion—continues on at the present pace, we soon may be forced to rely on a dietary supplement to pro­vide our needs. Meanwhile, while the supply of unhydrogenated vegetable oils still lasts, add one or two tablespoons daily to your salads. You will be doing your kidneys a favor.

In connection with this, a recent study made of the dietary habits of the people in three different regions of Yugoslavia suggests the possible role of the unsatur-ated fatty acids in maintaining your blood vessels healthy. (High blood pres­sure, as you know, is another part of the vicious cycle in most forms of kidney ailments.) Dr. Josef Brozek and his aides found that the first group which had a high animal fat intake, had the highest blood cholesterol levels; the second group which had the lowest fat intake of the three, had the second highest blood chol­esterol levels; while the third group, which consumed most of their fat calories in the form of olive oil, had the lowest blood cholesterol levels.

Importance of Cholin

Another nutrient which probably af­fects your kidneys directly is cholin. A cholin   deficiency   can   produce   severe hemorrhages in the kidneys as well as high blood pressure. Though most of the evidence collected has been from animal experiments and so cannot be applied directly to humans, it's still very likely that under similar circumstances similar conditions will be produced in humans. The upward incidence of heart and ar­tery disease and kidney disorders in the United States helps to bear out this as­sumption. Lecithin, found in soy bean oil, contains both cholin and essential fatty acids and so could well be part of a diet to regenerate your kidneys. A deficiency in pantothenic acid—as well as other members of the vitamin B complex—has also been found to cause kidney degeneration in animals. Further­more, studies of well-nourished humans given panthothenic acid, showed that it apparently bolstered their ability to with­stand stress. Since any type of ailment, whether of the kidneys or not, subjects your body to stress, you would be insuring yourself against trouble if your daily intake of pantothenic acid were higher than what is considered          peacan and berries are rich source of choline        "normal," i.e., above 5 mg. One of the richest sources of panto­thenic acid is royal jelly, that amazing food of the Queen Bee. (The reader is referred to "The Royal Jelly Miracle" by this publisher.) Other excellent sour­ces are brewers' yeast and liver.