COVID-19 (New Coronavirus) Guide for Kidney Patients

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:

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3 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR A “LOW SODIUM” RENAL DIET

Low Sodium Kidney Friendly Cooking tools

Restricting your daily intake of Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein & Fat in your food is the cornerstone of a Renal Diet Plan. Renal Dietitians are trained to help kidney patients identify which nutrients to restrict or increase in their daily diets, and by how much, based on our individual kidney health status. This means you will need to adjust your food & condiment portions to remain within your daily nutrient allowance. So how do you go about it? Continue reading “3 MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR A “LOW SODIUM” RENAL DIET”

ENSURING HYGIENE IN A KIDNEY-FRIENDLY KITCHEN

Hygiene in a Kidney Kitchen

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”?

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KIDNEY-FRIENDLY KITCHEN: THE MUST-HAVE TOOLS!

What business does someone trained as a physician-scientist have, talking about “Tools necessary for a Kidney-friendly kitchen”, you may ask?

Kidney Friendly Kitchen

 

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.

To make your food choices easier, we have also shared “Kidney-Friendly Grocery Lists” and their daily kidney-safe portions to serve as a basic guide for your reference.

However, going by personal experience, applying all of the above advice in your daily lives also needs some smart tools in your kitchen to make it truly kidney-friendly and turn you into a more efficient Kidney Warrior.

This is what our article aims to help you with, today. Continue reading “KIDNEY-FRIENDLY KITCHEN: THE MUST-HAVE TOOLS!”

ARE WHEY PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS SAFE FOR KIDNEYS?

Athlete drinking Whey

Whey protein is one of the most popular protein supplements used worldwide to build muscle. It also modulates cellular metabolism and helps in weight loss by keeping you fuller for longer.

But anyone who has experienced kidney disease as a patient or caregiver has heard how high protein is detrimental to diseased kidneys.

So, does that mean using such protein supplements could lead fitness-conscious individuals to acquire Chronic Kidney Disease?

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IT’S NOT JUST YOUR LUNGS…SMOKING DAMAGES KIDNEYS TOO!

Be it the rugged Marlboro Man or the suave James Bond, showbiz has had a way of making a big section of its audience (especially the impressionable age groups) believe how smoking Cigarettes (tobacco) has an important role in building a “more attractive” social image for themselves. What these unsuspecting viewers are unaware of is the full range of clinically proven and often fatal health complications that accompany smoking tobacco in the long run.

It’s not just your Lungs that are at stake, and Cancer isn’t the only (fatal) complication possible. Smoking also has a profound impact on multiple other organs including but not limited to, your Heart, Liver, Kidneys, Eyes, Muscles, Nerves and Immune system.

Here at All Things Kidney, we will be specifically concentrating on why Smoking and Kidneys can never be friends. This is a relatively less talked about aspect but a significant contributor to the overall Kidney Disease burden worldwide. So, let us start, shall we? Continue reading “IT’S NOT JUST YOUR LUNGS…SMOKING DAMAGES KIDNEYS TOO!”

KIDNEY DETOX: DOES IT HELP?

Kidney Detox is popular these days. No, let me rephrase. Detox regimens are a rage! But are they necessary? And do they really help? Let’s find out.

 

WHAT IS A KIDNEY DETOX?

A range of specialized diets packed with greens, some other veggies, fruits, herbal teas, and even pills or other concoctions based on these food items are marketed as “Kidney Cleansers” nowadays. These products claim to improve your overall kidney health by “detoxifying your systems”, preventing kidney damage from toxins, stone formation & infection. Some regimens are even said to help you keep your blood pressure in check and “boost your immunity” (a very vague but successful marketing phrase).

 

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