Kidney Regeneration & Healthy Kidney Dietary Changes
We appreciate all the feedback received from our customers following the Kidney Well II Spotlight. There were two questions that many customers have asked, so we decided to send a follow up email, and ask Dr. Shaw to answer those two questions.
QUESTION #1: "How would I know if my Kidneys are filtering better, getting stronger and overall improving in function?"
This is a great question. If an individual has current symptoms resulting from kidney dysfunction, there are several ways to identify improvements in kidney health, and filtering functions.
The most common way to know if the body is successfully regenerating and healing its own kidneys naturally, it to look for changes within the body which can come in the form of any of following:
1. Improvements in Blood Pressure.
2. Improved kidney test that measure creatinine levels, Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR), Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), and/or urinary protein levels testing.
3. Decrease in swelling (edema). Dysfunctional kidneys may not efficiently remove extra fluid resulting in swelling in the ankles, feet, face, hands or legs. Healthier kidneys can do a better job in removing this excess fluid.
4. Improved urination & overall urinary health including less protein spillage causing foam, urination frequency, and/or improving the overall color and health of the urine.
5. Reduction of fatigue and increase energy resulting from the kidneys more effectively making a hormone called erythropoietin (EPO). This hormone plays an important role in the body in the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells which are crucial for muscle and brain oxygen and energy. Increase red blood cells can also help the body to improve breathing for individuals that had prior issues with shortness of breath.
6. Reduction or elimination of back pain that was caused by kidney problems.
7. Improved appetite as well as improvements in breath odor
8. Improved skin color and decrease skin rash or itching as a result of toxins being more efficiently excreted by the body.
QUESTION #2: "Could you recommend any healthy dietary or lifestyle changes?"
Dietary and Lifestyle recommendation are an important part of "Kidney Health" consultations I have with my patients. As I previously discussed in the Kidney Well II Spotlight, dietary supplements such as Kidney Well II, Phyto Antioxidant, and Alisma can be an important part of the dietary or lifestyle suggestions I generally discuss with my kidney patients. Due to California medical laws, I am unable to provide specific dietary recommendations to any individual without proper examination and testing in my office, but, Get Well Natural does recommend customers seek out credible kidney sites such as "The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)".The below information from NIDDK is a great resource to investigate their suggestions. For further information, I always recommend speaking to a licensed physician, dietician and/or nutritionist to get personalized recommendations that perfectly fit your specific situation.
Here is an excerpt from the NIDDK that Get Well Natural provides regarding dietary and lifestyle changes:
Diet and Lifestyle Changes
People with kidney disease can continue to live productive lives: working, enjoying friends and family, and staying physically active. You may need to make some changes to your diet and lifestyle to help you live a healthier and longer life. Because heart attack and stroke are more common among people with kidney disease, these changes are good for your heart and for your kidneys."
Following a healthy lifestyle is good for people with kidney disease, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or both. Talk with your dietitian, diabetes educator, or other health care professional about which actions are most important for you to take. As you will see, many of these actions are related.
1. Keep your blood pressure at the target set by your health care provider. For most people, the blood pressure target is less than 140/90 mm Hg. Aim for less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day.
2. If you have diabetes, control your blood glucose level. Good blood glucose control may help prevent or delay diabetes complications, including kidney disease.
3. Keep your blood cholesterol in your target range. Diet, being active, maintaining a healthy weight, and medicines can all help control your blood cholesterol level.
4. Take medicines the way your provider tells you to.
5. If you smoke, take steps to quit. Cigarette smoking can make kidney damage worse.
6. Get or become more active. Physical activity is good for your blood pressure, as well as your blood glucose and blood cholesterol levels.
7. Lose weight if you are overweight. Being overweight makes your kidneys work harder. Losing weight helps your kidneys last longer.
What you eat and drink may help slow down kidney disease. Some foods may be better for your kidneys than others. Most of the salt and sodium additives people eat come from prepared foods, not from the salt shaker. Cooking your food from scratch gives you control over what you eat.
Your provider may suggest you see a dietitian. A dietitian can teach you how to choose foods that are easier on your kidneys. You will also learn about the nutrients that matter for kidney disease. See fact sheets about sodium, protein, phosphorus, potassium, and how to read food labels.
The steps below will help you eat right as you manage your kidney disease. The first three steps (1-3) are important for all people with kidney disease. The last two steps (4-5) may become important as your kidneys become more damaged.
Choose and prepare foods with less salt and sodium.
Why? To help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. Aim for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day.
1. Buy fresh food more often. Sodium (a part of salt) is added to many packaged foods.
2. Use spices, herbs, and sodium-free seasonings in place of salt.
3. Check the Nutrition Facts label on food packages for sodium. A Daily Value of 20% or more means the food is high in sodium.
4. Try lower-sodium versions of frozen dinners and other convenience foods.
5. Rinse canned vegetables, beans, meats, and fish with water before eating.
6. Do not use salt substitutes.
7. Look for Food Labels that Say Sodium free, Salt free, Very low sodium, Low sodium, Reduced or less sodium, Light in sodium, No salt added, Unsalted, Lightly salted
Step 2: Eat the right amount and the right types of protein.
Why? To help protect your kidneys.
1. Eat small portions of protein foods.
2. Protein is found in foods from plants and animals. Talk to your dietitian about how to choose the right combination for you.
3. Animal-protein foods include: Chicken, Fish, Meat, Eggs, Dairy and Plant-protein foods include Beans, Nuts and Grains.
Step 3: Choose foods that are healthy for your heart.
Why? To protect your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys.
1. Bake, roast, stew, grill, broil, or stir-fry foods instead of frying.
2. Cook with nonstick cooking spray or a small amount of olive oil instead of butter.
3. Trim fat from meat and remove skin from poultry before eating.
4. Heart-healthy foods include Lean cuts of meat, like loin or round, Poultry without the skin, Fish, Beans, Vegetables, Fruits, Low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese
Step 4: Choose foods with less phosphorus.
Why? To help protect your bones and blood vessels.
1. As your kidneys become more damaged, you may need to eat foods that are lower in phosphorus and potassium. Your health care provider will use lab tests to watch your levels.
2. Many packaged foods have added phosphorus. Look for phosphorus - or for words with "PHOS" - on ingredient labels.
3. Deli meats and some fresh meat and poultry can have added phosphorus. Ask the butcher to help you pick fresh meats without added phosphorus.
4. Foods Lower in Phosphorus include: Fresh fruits and vegetables, Breads, pasta, rice, Rice milk (not enriched), & Corn and rice cereals
5. Foods Higher in Phosphorus include: Meat, poultry, fish, Bran cereals and oatmeal, Dairy foods, Beans, lentils, nuts, Colas
Step 5: Choose foods that have the right amount of potassium.
Why? To help your nerves and muscles work the right way - if potassium is too high or too low, your nerves and muscles will not work normally.
1. Salt substitutes can be very high in potassium. Read the ingredient label for potassium chloride.
2. If you need to limit potassium, choose foods that don't have added potassium chloride.
3. Do not use salt substitutes.
4. Drain canned fruits and vegetables before eating.
5. Foods Lower in Potassium include Apples, peaches, Carrots, green beans, White bread and pasta, White rice, Rice milk (not enriched), Cooked rice and wheat cereals & grits.
6. Foods Higher in Potassium include Oranges, bananas, Potatoes, tomatoes, Brown and wild rice, Bran cereals, Dairy foods, Whole wheat bread and pasta, Beans and nuts
7. If you are told to limit potassium, drink apple, grape, or cranberry juice instead of orange juice.
Water: Having kidney disease also means you may need to change what you drink.
Most people don't benefit from drinking water when they are not thirsty unless they have kidney stones. Drink as much water as you normally do.
Soda and Other Drinks
If you are told to limit phosphorus, choose light-colored soda (or pop), like lemon-lime, and homemade iced tea and lemonade. Dark-colored sodas, fruit punch, and some bottled and canned iced teas can have added phosphorus.
You may be able to drink small amounts of alcohol. Drinking too much can damage the liver, heart, and brain and cause serious health problems. Talk to your health care provider first.
I hope you have found these answers and information helpful. Thoroughly educated patients and consumers have a greater chance of choosing the best health protocol for their specific situation, versus individuals who may not be aware of this type of information provided.
Here's to your good health and prosperity! Click for Kidney Health Kit 1.
Dr. Graeme Shaw
Get Well Natural LLC
Summary of Previous Email: Product Spotlight: Kidney Well II
Dr. Graeme Shaw, MD, provided the answers below to common questions that customers have regarding Kidney Well II. Dr. Shaw has used this amazing formula for years. Click to go straight to Kidney Well II. In his medical practice, Dr. Shaw recommends Kidney Well II as a daily dietary supplement for his patients with healthy kidneys, those with kidney disease, as well anyone on dialysis.
What is Kidney Well II?
Kidney Well II is a popular dietary herbal supplement used for people wanting to maximize their kidney health support, and is the primary foundation product for anyone looking to better support their kidneys. Kidney Well II is based on centuries of Eastern healing tradition and herbal remedies. Kidney Well II is an herbal dietary supplement providing natural balance for the body in areas related to healthy kidney function. According to Eastern healing principles, when the body achieves a healthier balance, the body can better restore overall kidney function and kidney regeneration.
What's So Great About Kidney Well II?
Like all Get Well Natural products, what makes Kidney Well II truly remarkable is its effectiveness. This formula was designed using the Eastern Medicine understanding that a body is capable of regenerating its own kidneys when properly supported. The herbs used in Kidney Well II have a long history of successful use. All around the world, Kidney Well II has been used in both clinical practices, and by thousands of satisfied consumers. Many of them have reported extremely positive feedback. According to the developers of Kidney Well II, almost anyone over the age of 2 can take it. Exceptions are for women who are pregnant or lactating. Pregnant or lactating women should speak to their primary healthcare provider prior to using Kidney Well II.
What are the Ingredients of Kidney Well II?
Kidney Well II contains a proprietary formula combining longstanding Eastern healing herbs Alisma, Astragalus, Cyperus, Dioscorea, Poria, Rehmannia, and Ganoderma.
This proprietary blend is cooked together, and concentrated into a synergistic extract. Note: This formula is a concentrated cooked-together blend, and thus has different properties than taking the 7 herbs separately.
These herbs have been used for centuries both individually, and in various combinations to support the body for those concerned with: Healthy Urinary Protein Levels, Healthy Creatinine Levels, Improved Normal Kidney Filtration Functions, Support for Imbalances Associated with Kidney Dysfunction and Improved Healthy Kidney Function.
Do You Recommend Kidney Well II to Your Patients in Your Practice?
As mentioned above, I commonly use and recommend Kidney Well II as part of many integrative kidney health protocols. Many of my patients have successfully used Kidney Well II as well as other kidney supportive products.
Unique to the integrative health approach, is that once balance is restored through diet, supplementation, and/or lifestyle changes, continued usage may vary. Based on my patients' individual circumstances, some continue taking Kidney Well II at a reduced maintenance dosage while others decide to stop taking this supplement altogether based on their desired level of health.
How Does One Get Kidney Well II?
Get Well Natural LLC is the exclusive supplier of Kidney Well II. You can buy Kidney Well II at www.GetWellNatural.com or buy it from healthcare practitioners like myself. Click for Kidney Well II. Please note that in my medical practice, Get Well Natural products are sold only to my patients.
Are Other Supplements Beneficial to Take Along with Kidney Well II?
Yes. This is why Get Well Natural created the Kidney Health Kits. For my patients looking for additional support, there are two complementary products I often recommend.
For my patients concerned with healthy creatinine levels, Alisma is often taken along with Kidney Well II. Alisma contains 100% concentrated Alisma extract. For my patients concerned with healthy urinary protein levels, Phyto Antioxidant is often taken along with Kidney Well II. Phyto-Antioxidant contains a concentrated proprietary blend of 5 herbs including Ganoderma, Eclipta, Morinda, Herba Taraxaci, Green Tea Extract.
Kidney Health Kit 1 combines all three for maximum kidney health support. Click for Kidney Health Kit 1.
How Is Kidney Well II Manufactured?
Safety, with results, is the main goal of the developers of Kidney Well II. Only the most effective cGMP certified manufacturing methods are used in its production. These methods include Decoction, Concentration, and Full Spectrum Extraction. In Eastern healing traditions, these methods are widely considered to be the best processes to ensure the best results.
Why Is the Herbal Processing So Important?
Potency and effectiveness. The processing of the herbs is as important as the formula itself. For this reason, Kidney Well's herbal formula is manufactured as a full spectrum extract. These special processes are used to enhance the herbal ingredients synergistic benefits.
Doesn't That Make Them Cost More?
Yes. And you get what you pay for, according to many satisfied practitioners and customers alike. Because of these higher processing costs, most companies rarely use all three of these manufacturing techniques to make their products. I am glad that Get Well Natural makes quality and effectiveness a higher priority over choosing less expensive, and less effective, manufacturing processes.
What else makes GWN Supplements More Effective?
In addition to superior processing, how the plant is utilized makes their products still more effective. The part of the herb that is used in processing, is extremely important in terms of how the finished formula supports the body. Get Well Natural uses carefully selected parts of each herb. This may be only the leaf, root, or aerial parts that are known to contain the desired Eastern healing health qualities. Different parts of the whole herb can yield completely different results. Many companies will use the whole plant. This is way cheaper per pound to produce but does not produce the desired result. Selecting only specific parts of each plant, and superior processing, makes for a much more desirable herbal supplement with a better chance of a desirable result. Bonus Benefit: High Potency Kidney Well II's herbal blend is highly concentrated. This achieves the highest level of biological benefit available from the ingredients in this synergistic blend. The higher potency wipes out the perceived extra cost. Again, you get what you pay for.
GWN products are manufactured in cGMP FDA registered facilities to ensure a higher quality product. cGMP certified establishments are in full compliance with FDA and industry regulations and guidelines for purity of foods and dietary supplements.
This, combined with Get Well Natural's manufacturing methods, may cost more but Get Well Natural insists these methods be implemented for a higher quality product.
A Note About Use & Effectiveness
According to the doctors and herbalists that developed these formulas, for best results they recommend that they be taken at the same time, on an empty stomach, twice per day. They also identified the most effective usage protocols to improve their patients' outcomes. They discovered that their patients who took them for a minimum period of at least 3 to 6 months experienced the greatest results. In my practice, I have also experienced this when my patients took them for this minimum period of 3-6 Months. As mentioned earlier, once the initial period is over, while some may stop the products altogether if they are completely happy with their kidney health, many of my patients will continue at full or half dosage levels to maintain their health.
In conclusion, used simply as daily dietary supplements, Kidney Well II, Alisma, and Phyto Antioxidant have been a valuable part of my patients' kidney health protocol. You now have a better understanding of what sets Kidney Well II and some other of Get Well Natural supplements apart from the crowd. If you are interested in trying Kidney Well II, I encourage you to check out the Kidney Health Kit 1 to get started.
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Best wishes for good health & prosperity,
Graeme Shaw, MD (GWN Health Consultant) &
The Staff of Get Well Natural, LLC
Dr. Graeme Shaw
Get Well Natural LLC