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Your Foods and Beverages, Diabetes and Blood Sugars Impacts Your Kidneys Health

Often in the hustle and bustle of our fast paced lives, we forget about what our 75 trillion cells comprise. The vast majority of us have 2 kidneys that work day and night filtering our blood and ultimating making urine to dispose of toxins. Yet, as very complex filters, made up of filtering units called Nephrons that consist of million of blood vessels, there is an inherent vulnerability of these small fragile structures. Taking care of the kidneys is absolutely essential and can’t be taken for granted. First and foremost, one must prevent high blood pressure and high blood sugars (diabetes) from destroying these life sustaining organs.

I encourage my patients to not eat excessive amounts of meat or eggs that can be hard on the kidneys. It is also essential to find a balance relative to caffeine intake and ensure plenty of water is consumed daily. In addition my patients focus on supplemental magnesium, B complex, chromium and a vegetarian based diet. Individuals that eat more vegetables and fruits, while minimizing red meat, eggs and refined carbohydrates have been shown to have less kidney disease.

It’s amazing that only 11% of Americans consume the recommended 5 to 7 servings of fresh fruits and veggies that have been shown to provide numerous health benefits. To compound this dietary deficit is that the western diet is abundant in animal proteins and sugar that can damage the kidneys and increase the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes.

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