KIDNEY DISEASE

Description
The kidney maintains the water balance in the body and eliminates the metabolic wastes. It also filters the blood and recycles the fluids. There is an enzyme called renin which stimulates the constriction of the blood vessels, but when damage has been caused by high blood pressure, there is an increased pressure from the vessels that causes more damage to the kidneys. “Kidney disease” is simply a term used to talk about the diseases of the kidneys. There are many forms of kidney disease, including the following: * analgesic nephropathy * kidney infection * kidney failure * kidney stones * renal disease * glomerulonephritis * glomeruslosclerosis * goodpasture’s syndrome * hemolytic uremic syndrome * IgA nephropathy * diabetes * lupus nephritis * nephrotic syndrome * polycstic kidney disease pyelonephritis * kidney cysts * vesicoureteral reflux

Causes
The most common causes are high blood pressure and diabetes. In other cases, the nephrons (the filtering units of the kidneys) are attacked by syndromes and disorders of the kidneys, ruining their ability to filter the wastes and rid the body of excess fluids. Kidney disease may result from infection (including scarlet fever and measles), some other disorder such as diabetes, lupus, hypertension, and liver disease or drugs such as Advil and Nuprin, which damage the kidneys.

Symptoms
* high blood pressure * fluid retention * swelling around the eyes (edema) * swollen hands, feet or abdomen * pain in the lower back or below the rib cage * burning sensations when passing urine * frequent urination at night * blood-stained or coffee colored urine * severe pain in the kidneys * chills and fever * urinary urgency * appetite loss * nausea and vomiting * bloody or cloudy urine

Lifestyle symptoms
Regular exercise is important because it helps handle stress, lowers blood pressure, and promotes blood flow.

CAUTION: Drinking water during or after exercise is not good for the kidneys so do not engage in extremely tiring sports or when it is too hot. Don’t push yourself too hard. Avoid taking iron supplements if you are on antibiotics for kidney disease.Diet is the key for treating kidney diseases so pay special attention to diet planning.

  • Protein, fluids, sodium, cholesterol, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and oxalate intake must be monitored and regulated.
  • Very low protein diets are recommended, as long as amino acid supplements are taken too. Peas, beans, soybean, lentils, millet and whole grains are good sources of protein.
  • Apricots, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupes (rockmelon) are rich in vitamin A and should be taken.
  • It is best to eat at least 75% raw foods such as bananas (not to many), parsley, celery, cucumber, potatoes, garlic, and lots and lots of green vegetables.
  • Eat lots of peas, beans, lentils, asparagus, and mushrooms.
  • Other beneficial foods include: potatoes, watercress, cucumbers, and papaya, legumes, Sprouts, unsalted seeds, and green vegetables.
  • Watermelon and pumpkinseeds help the kidneys.
  • Celery and parsley seeds restore the kidneys and increase urine flow
  • Cranberries also help destroy bacteria, acidify the urine, and restore the bladder. Unsweetened cranberry juice is also recommended.

Drinks

  • Drink 6-8 ounces of distilled water every hour.
  • Drink aloe Vera juice because it reduces the rate of calcium in the urine.
  • Drink corn-silk tea or watermelon-seed tea to restore the kidneys and increase urine flow.
  • Unsweetened shave grass and Shepherd’s purse (same amount for both) tea – boil ½ cup.
  • One part of restharrow, 2 parts of stickle wort, and one part of rhubarb root – steep 1 ½ teaspoon in ½ cup. boiling water then take half a cup before breakfast, then another cup as the day goes on.

Foods to avoid

Do not eat any chocolate or cocoa, and stay away from all dairy products except for goat’s milk, low-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, and buttermilk. Even these soured dairy products should be eaten in moderation. Stop eating meat because meat has a lot of waste products, bacteria, purines, and uric acid. Moreover, too much protein overloads the organs of the body, contributing to disorders in the kidneys and other organs. Cut down or completely stop eating salt. Salt is still needed by the body, but you can get sodium from just eating plants. There is no need to add salt. Do not eat too much potassium or phosphorous, so, for this reason, avoid rhubarbs, Swiss chard, spinach, and beet greens. Fasting diets · Drink four quarts of warm raw goat’s milk daily. Add 1 tbs. Blackstrap molasses to each quart. Consume nothing else. · Go on a three day cleansing and juice fast, with Catnip tea enemas.

Treatment:
The most common causes are high blood pressure and diabetes. In other cases, the nephrons (the filtering units of the kidneys) are attacked by syndromes and disorders of the kidneys, ruining their ability to filter the wastes and rid the body of excess fluids. Kidney disease may result from infection (including scarlet fever and measles), some other disorder such as diabetes, lupus, hypertension, and liver disease or drugs such as Advil and Nuprin, which damage the kidneys.

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