Your kidneys are essential for your survival and they don’t just sit there “making urine”. There’s a lot more to this beautiful but highly underrated organ than just being a mere exhaust!
Click on the links below to educate yourself about one of your inbuilt natural Detox organs (kidneys), what makes them essential, ways to keep them in great health and dispell common myths surrounding kidney diseases which only end up doing more harm than good.
Vaccines are necessary to boost our immune power to effectively ward-off specific infections. They form a crucial part of medically preparing all patients of Chronic Kidney Disease for a kidney transplant surgery as well.
After all, vaccines form a crucial part of medically preparing all patients of Chronic Kidney Disease for a transplant surgery. Add to that, the fact that SOME vaccines are UNSAFE for transplant recipients, and this topic becomes all the more significant.
COVID-19 (the new Coronavirus) has made its way to 185 countries (at the time of writing this article). It is highly contagious, a completely new viral strain that had caught us all off-guard and is of particular concern to anyone with a weak immune system.
A sizeable chunk of Kidney Patients has poor immunity. This is either due to the respective disease state itself (such as Diabetes) or due to specific “immuno-suppressive” medicines (such as steroids) that are necessary to treat certain kidney disease states & prevent them from flaring up.
Hence, it is necessary that people like us, belonging from the kidney patient community put particular emphasis on:
Hygiene is an important consideration for everything that enters your body, whether you eat it, drink it, breathe it or inject it. This is more so if a major, essential organ of the body like your kidneys are unwell. That’s because, in normal health, kidneys efficiently eliminate ALL excess metabolic wastes and impurities in blood via urine. But Chronic Kidney Disease progressively diminishes this blood-cleansing ability of kidneys as well as blunts our body’s immune defences with time.
💡SO WHAT ARE THE BEST PRACTICES TO KEEP YOUR KIDNEY KITCHEN HYGIENIC?
💡 WHICH ARE THE MUST-HAVE EQUIPMENT/UTILITY ITEMS THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER STOCKING UP YOUR KITCHEN WITH, TO MAKE IT A “KIDNEY FORTRESS”?
What business does someone trained as a physician-scientist have, talking about “Tools necessary for a Kidney-friendly kitchen”, you may ask?
Well, it’s my own decade-long Experience navigating life as a Kidney Warrior (currently post-kidney transplant) and the frustrating lack of organized information on this matter in the medical literature or public domain, that has motivated me to help fellow members in the Kidney Community in this regard.
As soon as you are diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, dietary modifications take the centre-stage along with necessary medicines for your root cause & stage of kidney disease. Team ATK has constantly stressed the importance of consulting a Registered Renal Dietitian to help you prepare a Renal Diet Plan tailored to your individual health status.
However, going by personal experience, applying all of the above advice in your daily lives also needs some smart toolsin your kitchen to make it truly kidney-friendly and turn you into a more efficient Kidney Warrior.
Being a Kidney Patient is difficult. It is not just the health challenges it poses on a day-to-day basis. It is also the “restrictions” that are suddenly “imposed” on us even with something as basic as “what we EAT”! Admittedly, the Renal Diet appears all the more challenging when it is a festive season!
But, focusing on what we CAN eat with kidney disease in tow, instead of what we CANNOT opens a whole new horizon of food options & possible food combinations which may go unnoticed otherwise.
If you are a member of the kidney community – whether as a patient, caregiver, advocate or knowledge seeker – it is likely that you have come across the term “Glomerular Filtration Rate” or more commonly, the GFR. Perhaps you are also aware that this term broadly relates to your kidney’s functional capacity.
But do you completely understand what GFR really is?
How does your medical team clinically assess the GFR for your kidneys?
How valid is it throughout your CKD journey?
And is it always indicative of the true health status of your kidneys?
All these are some very pertinent questions that each member of the Kidney Community, especially the patients & caregivers must thoroughly know the answers to. And that is exactly what we are here to help you with, today. Continue reading “GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE (GFR)”→
Who isn’t acquainted with “Baking Soda” – those tiny, white crystals used to make cakes fluffy? It has now also made its way as an effective dead-skin exfoliator (when used sparingly), a teeth whitening agent as well as a DIY solution for “unclogging” toilet pipes. For some years now, many articles have surfaced in the open-access media about how drinking Baking Soda (NOT Baking Powder) can help “flush your healthy kidneys of toxins” and promote kidney health.
“Drink adequate water to keep your kidneys healthy!” — Now that’s a piece of time-tested health advice, right? But then how does it work?
The internet and medical literature, in general, is filled with ample advice on drinking adequate water for good kidney health. Usually, you will find pearls of advice urging you to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily for optimum health benefits. To be factually correct, it is your total liquid intake throughout the day that matters. This could be in the form of water, juices, smoothies, milk or other non-alcoholic beverages or even soups and broths that you take throughout the day (We specify the term “non-alcoholic” here because although liquid, alcohol is a major dehydrator).
However, we all know how plain, drinking water always forms the mainstay of retaining an optimum hydration status.
So, what is it about plain water that makes it the “drink of choice” to quench thirst in the truest sense?
And how exactly does drinking more water keep your kidneys healthy?
Hint:It has got nothing to do with “flushing” your kidneys
Can increasing water intake slow down the progression of chronic kidney disease? What does the latest research suggest?
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