Kidney Health Support Tips * Eastern Medicine Kidney Herbs *
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The holidays are upon us and many of you are busy with the hustle and bustle of the season. Unfortunately, this also means that stress and health issues are more prone to occur. So before you wrap another gift or write another card, take a break to learn about some health conditions that could affect your kidneys, as many people will have some level of kidney dysfunction during their lifetime. Then as you spread the joy and good cheer of the season to your loved ones, you can also let them know how they too can care for their kidneys the natural way.*
A Medical Doctor's Point of View on Supporting Healthy Kidneys*
From an Eastern Medicine perspective, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is often the result of abnormalities in a person's kidney and spleen energy. From a nutritional perspective, there are many healthy food recommendations that a licensed dietician can recommend for those concerned about CKD, high creatinine levels or proteinuria (excess of serum proteins in the urine) – all of which can be signs of kidney dysfunction.* In this article, Dr. Graeme Shaw provides the Eastern Medicine perspective, along with recommendations for good nutrition and lifestyle changes.
Questions about Chronic Kidney Disease?
According to the National Kidney Foundation, your kidneys remove wastes and fluid from your body, regulate chemicals in your blood, remove toxins and release hormones into the bloodstream to regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells and promote strong bones. The same source notes that 26 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which damages the kidneys' ability to function properly. As CKD progresses, waste builds up and symptoms may include:*
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Watch Your Creatinine and Proteinuria Levels
The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines creatinine as the breakdown product of creatine, an essential part of your muscles. Creatinine is taken out of your blood by the kidneys and then passed out of your body in urine. WebMD points out that as creatinine is made at a steady rate and isn't affected by diet or normal physical activities, it is a good indicator of how well your kidneys are working. If you think you could be at risk for some type of kidney disease, ask your doctor to test your creatinine levels.*
"Proteinuria - also called albuminuria or urine albumin - is a condition in which urine contains an abnormal amount of protein," says The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC). Healthy kidneys are able to filter out waste products while leaving in certain substances that the body needs, like albumin and other proteins. If kidney filters are damaged, they allow these necessary proteins to escape the body. As proteinuria is one of the first signs of CKD, if you're concerned about kidney disease, you can test your urine with an over-the-counter test kits available in most drug stores or online.*
Enjoy Healthy Eating
The holidays are often a time of overindulgence and could stress your kidneys. This season, vow to prepare healthy holiday meals that are easy on your organs. Click on the links below for delicious recipes you can enjoy now and all year long.
Here's to happiness and health! We hope you can rest easier this holiday season now that you have a better understanding of how your kidneys function and what you can do to support them naturally. Our best wishes to you and yours this season and throughout the coming year.