Are you getting enough vitamins?

Chronic Kidney Failure is, sadly, becoming increasingly popular. During the past decade, cases of renal failure actually went through the roof. Joe Cosgrove has previously spoken widely about kidney failure and its possible treatments, including dialysis, which is, to present date, the most common and plausible solution for renal diseases.

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The kidneys are found in the midsection of the body, near the middle of the back, just above the waist; they are responsible for filtering and cleaning up the blood, keeping an ideal balance of both minerals and salt and controlling blood pressure, amongst other things. As mentioned earlier, whenever the kidneys fall victim of any type of disease, waste products, and other fluids start to accumulate in the body, which is what ultimately causes the notorious swelling in the patient’s ankles and other body parts; under these circumstances, patients start to experience other symptoms like constant weakness, poor sleep, vomiting and shortness of breath. It is important to mention that such symptoms are often related to other pathologies, which is why patients experiencing them should not rush into conclusions without having visited their primary physician.

As said before, if such symptoms are not assessed early, the patient might end up suffering from kidney failure: impaired kidney function is really a serious, sometimes fatal, condition. Nonetheless, if patients are already suffering from any type of renal failure and are actually undergoing dialysis, here are some advice regarding the vitamins and minerals they ought to be consuming in order for their kidneys to stand a chance of getting better. First of all, every human being must acknowledge the importance of consuming the right amount of vitamins and minerals; people suffering from chronic renal failure ought to pay special attention whether they are getting enough of these two for actually improving their health and their condition. Vitamins and minerals are substances required by the body so that it can carry out special functions: process food, provide energy, repair tissue and, above all, sustain life. Every single individual needs to consume vitamins and minerals, however, if somebody is suffering from kidney disease and is on dialysis, the likelihood of them not getting enough is high.

The vast majority of minerals and vitamins enter the body through diet, since the body fails (because it is not capable of) at making these elements. A normal individual with healthy kidneys (on a regular diet) normally ingests a wide spectrum of foods from all the existent food groups. This means that, as a matter of fact, pretty much everyone gets the right amount of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis; nevertheless, this scenario becomes irrelevant should someone suffer from renal failure, since one of the most vital steps for the body to slow down the pace at which the kidneys deteriorate is to tailor the patient’s diet. As mentioned before, patients on dialysis have a limited diet: there are some food groups that must be forbidden, which is why the chances of getting enough vitamins plummet. What type of vitamins and minerals, and what amounts, are to be defined by a physician after prior assessment.

The Renal disease often alters the body’s need for some substances and nutrients; such alteration results from the accumulation of waste products in the body, the medicines, the diet, the body’s ability to process them, etc. Depending upon the patient’s condition, a physician may suggest the inclusion of the following vitamins and minerals: B Complex, to prevent, amongst other things, anemia; Iron, to work alongside B Complex in the prevention of anemia and low red blood cells count; Vitamin C, to keep several tissues unharmed and prevent the possible appearance of infections; Vitamin D, to maintain healthy bones (it is important to note, that given the fact that there are different types of Vitamin D, it is advisable to consult a physician in the first place).

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So, even though patients on dialysis ought to include these supplements as part of their diet, the downside of renal failure is that there are limited amounts and limited vitamins and minerals as well: the following vitamins and minerals have proven to accumulate in the body when suffering from kidney disease. Vitamin A, some types of Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K have commonly been related to the causing of harm due to the accumulation in the body. Given the fact that limited diets and the treatment itself are responsible for not getting the right amount of these substances, should patients want to binge on minerals and vitamins in order for them to get healthier, it is highly advisable to refer to the physician first so that he or she can determine which out of these substances are actually good and may provide, up to some extent, betterment to the patient.

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