Your kidneys are your body’s built-in “filtration” system—so I’m guessing I don’t need to explain their importance. Or why chronic kidney disease is such a serious problem.
But I will point out that rates of this condition are on the rise in the U.S.—affecting more than one in ten Americans, and counting. And considering the fact that there’s no “cure” for kidney disease, it amounts to a crisis, if there ever was one.
So I suppose it’s a good thing that, much like the diabesity epidemic, this is one bullet that’s easy to dodge…
What you eat affects your kidneys
This latest analysis looked at 18 different studies featuring more than 600,000 adults, followed over more than a decade.
Researchers examined how dietary patterns influenced kidney function. In this case, a healthy diet featured higher intakes of fruits and veggies, nuts, and fish. And lower intakes of red and processed meats, sodium, and sugar-sweetened drinks.
I won’t split hairs on these criteria today—even though it always infuriates me to see salt and steak lumped in with sugar.
When all is said and done, the basic message still applies: On one side, you have a Mediterranean-style diet… on the other, you have the sugar-packed standard American diet (SAD). There’s a clear winner, every time.
And this time was no exception. The “healthy” diet pattern correlated with a 30 percent lower rate of chronic kidney disease. As well as a 23 percent lower rate of albuminuria, or elevated urinary protein—an early warning sign of kidney damage.
There’s one catch: Because this is an observational study, the authors insist it’s not clear whether diet plays a direct role in preventing (or causing) kidney disease. But I’m happy to help them with that answer: Of course it does.
Let me explain…
A recipe for disaster
Maybe you’ve heard warnings about high protein diets. But considering the fact that obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure are driving the modern kidney disease crisis, it’s not hard to see the fallacy there.
So allow me to set the record straight: When it comes to your kidney health, the real saboteurs are sugar and processed food.
In fact, over time, blood sugar spikes cause damage to the tiny blood vessels that deliver blood to the kidneys. When these blood vessels are damaged, the kidneys get deluged with too much blood.
Left unchecked, this leads to kidney leakage, toxin overload, and ultimately, kidney failure. So to say that keeping your blood sugar in check is important would be the understatement of the century.
But avoiding processed and packaged food is just as important. And that’s because phosphates are kidney-killers, too.
Phosphates are chemicals that food manufacturers routinely use as preservatives and stabilizers. And research has clearly linked high blood levels of these inorganic phosphates to impaired kidney function.
In addition to kidney damage, phosphates can also triple your risk of heart disease—leaving you with more than one major reason to avoid them.
In other words, stick to fresh produce, organic meat and fish, nuts, and cheese. And avoid anything that’s filled with preservatives (like canned foods). And if you’re not sure where to start, that’s where my A-List Diet comes in.
But that’s not all you can do. There’s a long list of nutritional supplements that can also help keep your kidney health on track—and dodge a future of dialysis, or worse.
I shared my exhaustive protocol back in the August 2012 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives (“The silent killer hiding behind the diabetes epidemic”). Subscribers have access to that article, along with everything I’ve ever written, in my archives.
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“A healthy diet may help prevent kidney disease.” Science Daily, 09/24/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190924175716.htm)