The kidneys are organs that undertake one of the most daunting tasks in all of the human body. They are in charge of balancing the acceptable levels of toxins in the body and evacuating them through the urine. The kidneys are filters that constantly clean out your blood and make sure that other systems are not affected when the amount of waste present becomes unacceptable, and that is why the function is so crucial in the overall health of the human body.
There are many reasons why people are affected by kidney disease, and while there is a very influential source to be found in genetics and a family history with the disease, there are also other factors that can curve the propensity for renal illnesses and eating habits are one of them.
When a patient’s kidneys aren’t able to perform their function any longer, dialysis becomes a viable option to help the body regulate its toxins. Dialysis machines are contraptions that help the extraction of the blood and its subsequent cleansing inside the machine so it can later be recycled once more into the patient’s bloodstream. The process takes a few hours and it must be performed a couple of times a week at least, in order to ensure that the stress the kidneys are suffering is mitigated and the quality of life of the individual can be preserved.
Dialysis may be a procedure that one will consider extreme and pretty much the last line of defense against renal failure, but there are other ways one can avoid kidney failure or help their body be as strong as possible while undergoing dialysis so the impact of the procedure is greatly reduced.
Today in Joe Cosgrove’s Blog we want to talk about eating healthy and the positive impact it has on the advancement of the disease and the overall health of the body and the functions of the kidneys in particular.
Protein is one of the most discussed topics when it comes to healthy dieting for patients with kidney failure. The trick with protein is to know exactly how much you need to eat and to consume only the best type and the healthiest kind you can find. Protein in excess can be quite detrimental to the kidneys, as it can stress them out by making them work harder in disposing excess waste from the body, however, if you do not ingest enough proteins you will become weak, lethargic and more prone to other infections.
Protein is absolutely necessary in order to survive and to maintain your body healthy and with enough energy to heal. The best thing you can do is talk to your doctor or dietician about the amount of protein you must consume each day and review your options when it comes to protein sources. Meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs are high-protein foods but there are also plenty of options for those who prefer to maintain a vegetarian diet.
Sodium is another component that should be consumed under strict guidelines as it can raise blood pressure considerably. High blood pressure is one of the main factors that can lead to kidney failure and that is why it is so important to make sure that your blood pressure remains under control at all times. Salt is added to foods when they are processed and it is difficult sometimes to remain in control when it comes to your own intake of salts, that is why it is so recommended to buy fresh foods instead whenever possible.
Seasonings also contain excess salt sometimes, so you should be careful to check the components of everything you use when cooking because even if your main ingredients are healthy and low in sodium, you could be ruining all of your efforts by using seasoning options that are not low in sodium and salt. The rule of thumb is to stay away from everything that is processed and go for healthier options that are fresh that you can cook yourself so you have a better handle on what you are eating.
Food to limit
The amount of liquids you must ingest has to be carefully planned with your physician. Some people must drink a certain amount of fluids and your doctor will give you a good plan of what you should drink and how much you should ingest daily. Alcohol is a substance that should be limited. Your intake should not exceed more than one or two servings a day. The excess of alcohol puts a heavy strain on your liver, kidneys, and heart. Even if those organs are not all directly related, anything in the body that doesn’t work like it should ultimately make the stress placed upon the kidneys even greater than it should be.