Do Not Be Fooled
When you look up, ‘What causes kidney disease?’, you get answers such as:
“Two common causes of kidney disease are a result of diabetes and high blood pressure.”
I’m sorry, but that answer just isn’t good enough for me. I’m left wondering, ‘What causes diabetes and high blood pressure?’
If you’ve read any of my other blogs, you know which direction this one is going.
DO NOT BE FOOLED! Disease is NOT caused by genetics!
Yes, you may get some things from your parents such as your hair color and mannerisms. You also may have a family history of cancer and this scares the heck out of you!
However, it is important to know that feelings, emotions, thoughts, beliefs and….eating habits are also something that you learn from your parents. Most of it is unintentional of course.
If you’ve picked up some bad habits from your parents or other people in your life who have influenced your upbringing, it is time now to make some positive changes in your life.
Diet & Disease
So, let’s take a closer look at this topic: Kidney Disease.
Most of us understand now that Type 2 diabetes is a result of poor eating habits. In a healthy body, your pancreas is able to produce enough insulin to process healthy levels of sugar from your diet, however, when your pancreas isn’t working properly, your body isn’t able to produce enough insulin.
Why wouldn’t your pancreas do what it needs to do?! Well, a diet rich in high, saturated fat foods is the culprit. Long-term, poor eating results in your body not being able to produce insulin which leads to diabetes.
High blood pressure which is in the same category as cardiovascular disease (the leading cause of death for Americans) is also a result of poor eating habits.
Your kidneys extract waste from your blood which forms urine. An overly acidic body is not only negatively affected by our thoughts and emotions, but also, you guessed it, your diet!
Your body is always trying to maintain balance between acid-inducing foods (such as meat, eggs, cheese and soda) and alkaline forming foods (such as fruit, vegetables and water).
Animal protein and dairy protein are acidic. They contain higher levels of certain amino acids such as methionine. While this amino acid is essential for our body, high levels are detrimental according to the The Oxford Journal of Nutrition (Volume 136, Issue 6, June 2006).
Acidic diets also lead to an overproduction of ammonia in the body which weakens kidney function. – (How Not to Die by Dr.Michael Greger)
It’s also important to know that eating a plant-based diet while avoiding meat and meat substitutes will prevent kidney stones from forming.
Research & Transformation
Some blogs online recommend other popular diets for preventing kidney disease such as high-fat or protein-rich diets, but this information is not based on sound scientific research.
“Evidence-based research shows that a low-carbohydrate diet tends to be high in dietary components that are known to be nephrotoxic, including saturated fat, choline, and carnitine, while also being low in components that are necessary for healthy kidney function, such as vitamin c, polyphenols, and antioxidants.” – Masteringdiabetes.org
Another group of foods to eat in moderation to avoid kidney stones are ones that contain oxalates. Those foods include raw beets, spinach, beer, potato chips, bran, fries and nut butters according to the University of Michigan Health Library.
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Be well always.