8 Home Remedies for Delaying Kidney Failure | Q&A

Q: Grandma, doctors have said that my kidneys are failing due to inflammation.They prescribed fish oil, omega-3 and Vitamin E. Please advise on what else I can take to stop my kidneys from failing?

A: Dear M, Compared to other major organs of the body, the kidneys are relatively small, measuring only about five-inches long. They are most commonly known for filtering waste and excess fluids from the blood but they actually do a lot more to help maintain your overall health.

In the United States alone, it is estimated that 26 million Americans suffer from kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is caused by various reasons, although the most common culprits include high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes. If you’re looking for home remedies for delaying kidney failure, simply read the tips below.

Home remedies for Delaying kidney Failure

HOME REMEDIES FOR DELAYING KIDNEY FAILURE

1. Keep your blood pressure within normal range – Since hypertension is one of the most common causes of CKD, maintaining a normal blood pressure is essential in delaying kidney failure. Learn to check your blood pressure at home and be sure to keep it below 130/80.

2. Try to meet your blood sugar targets as often as possible – As mentioned earlier, diabetes is a common trigger to the development of kidney disease. If you have diabetes, you can delay kidney failure by simply keeping your sugar within normal levels.

3. Quit smoking – Smoking is especially bad for people with ailing kidneys. Smoking can lead to atherosclerosis which, in turn, reduces blood flow to the kidneys and raises blood pressure. [1]

4. Eat less salt and salt substitutes – Sodium is not bad, but too much of it can be harmful to people with kidney failure. Sodium helps your body retain a healthy fluid balance. But, if you have kidney disease, your kidneys are not able to eliminate excess sodium and fluid from your body. If sodium and fluid accumulate in your tissues and bloodstream, your blood pressure increases and aggravates the condition. [2]

5. Stay physically active – Staying physically active does not necessarily mean going to the gym or joining a fitness club. By simply moving around a little bit more, you can help lower your risk of having high blood pressure. [3]

6. Stay in your target cholesterol range – High levels of “bad” cholesterol can accelerate the deterioration of an already failing kidney. cholesterol plaque can also clog the renal arteries and cut off blood flow to the kidneys, resulting in loss of kidney function. [4]

7. Limit your consumption of protein – In people with renal disease, a high-protein diet is not encouraged as this may worsen the functioning of the kidneys. High-protein foods such as meats, eggs, milk, cheese, and beans should be kept at a minimum because the body may have trouble eliminating all the waste products of protein metabolism. [5]

8. Avoid alcohol – Excessive alcohol consumption has been proven to have negative effects on the kidneys and their function, specifically in maintaining the body’s fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance. So, if you want to delay kidney failure, stay away from drinking alcoholic beverages. [6]

References:

    1. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/chronic-kidney-disease-home-treatment

 

    1. http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/diet-and-nutrition/diet-basics/sodium-and-chronic-kidney-disease/e/5310

 

    1. http://www.cdc.gov/features/worldkidneyday/

 

    1. http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/overview/assessing-your-risk/cholesterol-and-chronic-kidney-disease/e/4807

 

    1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-protein-diets/AN00847

 

  1. http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh21-1/84.pdf

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