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Published on March 3rd, 2020 | by Michaelw


The alkaline diet to reverse kidney disease

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Question, are people really reversing kidney disease by eating alkaline foods?
Well, it is possible.
Let me read you a couple of comments very quickly

This one is from Piere Delabert
Great news everyone, even my doctor told me that the alkaline diet is one of the best things you can do to repair kidney damage!
I’ve discovered it in the program Katherine always recommends here.
I went from stage 3b to 3a and I’m convinced this was mainly thanks to the alkaline renal diet!

This is really a great news, thank you Piere for sharing your story!
Another one,
Hello Katherine
I have high cholesterol and hypertension and chronic kidney disease. My creatinine was getting higher and higher.
Starting to eat a better renal diet, full of plant based foods and alkalizing drinks, my creatinine levels have come down to 86, they were over 120.
In 6 months, I was able to increase my good cholesterol and BP went to normal.
OK… This one was from a user called William Masters.
Thank you William, and keep taking good care of your kidneys.

Now, there’s even this tweet from Davita on this exact topic.
They say:
A High alkaline diet, low in acidic foods help slow the progression of kidney disease.
And, most of all, there’s even evidence and studies showing that what these people are saying can be repeated.
So keep watching this video, this is my top 5 of the day: the best alkaline foods to reverse kidney disease.
Very few foods can effectively improve your renal function, and these are the 5 alkaline foods of today’s video.
If you have kidney disease, eating alkaline foods, like the 5 superfoods of today’s video, is going to help you in basically every aspect of your health.
And, if you know anyone who may benefit from an improvement of their kidney function, send them this video now. Help them by sharing this message.
Don’t forget to subscribe to 00Kidney while you’re at it.
Why should the food you eat be alkaline?
Well, eating alkaline foods is supposed to cure back pain, promote weight loss, prevent heart disease, prevent osteoporosis and even prevent cancer.
And, while many of these miracles were never proven by science, there’s one thing that eating alkaline foods can really do and that’s supported by scientific proof.
The alkaline diet is proven to improve the health of your kidneys.
This works because the kidneys are the organ in the body that’s going to restore the acid alkaline balance of the body. The standard western diet is mostly acidic and that puts a lot of burden on the kidneys, especially if they’re impaired.
This is why eating more alkaline foods like those of today’s video is going to help repair your kidneys.

Ok, ok, I promised you a top 5, right? So let’s start!
Our number 5 is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with twice the amount of Vitamin C of oranges. And less potassium!
Our number 5 is…

Kiwi fruit stands number one in nutrient content when it comes to alkaline fruits.
It is packed with twice the amount of nutrients of apples!
Some people even consider Kiwi the healthiest fruit in world!
Kiwi is a high-alkaline food your cells won’t want to miss out on, because it also contains a plethora of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
And although oranges are famous for their vitamin C content, kiwi contains two times the amount of vitamin C than an orange.
Kiwi fruits are so rich in vitamin C that disintegrate uric acid and flush it out of the body.
Per one kiwifruit, 69g you’ll get Potassium 215 mg, Phosphorus 21mg and a PRAL score of minus 4.1.
Question, how can kiwifruits be alkaline when they taste so bitter and acidic?
Well, this number here is what tells us if a food is acidifying or alkaline:
Here, the PRAL score.
What is the PRAL score?

PRAL means potential renal acid load. Remember that the kidneys are the organ supposed to remove excess acidity from the blood?
This number tells us exactly how much workload are the foods we eat going to put on the kidneys, in a term of acid load.
A higher PRAL score (indicated by a positive number) means that a particular food is very acid-forming, while a lower PRAL score (indicated by a negative number) classifies it as alkaline, meaning that it removes stress on the kidneys.
So the lower the score (negative numbers) the more alkaline the food is. Kiwifruit is minus 4.1, as we have seen, meaning that even if the fruit itself has an acidic taste, it will not add more acidity to the body.
It will actually decrease it.
Experts believe acid-forming foods (including some fish, meat, and grains) can lead to heartburn, weak bones, and more stress for the kidneys.
While foods with lower acidity-like the fruits and vegetables of today’s video-may keep the body in better balance.

A quick disclaimer, remember that if you suffer from kidney disease or any other medical issue you should always consult your physician before making any significant changes to your dietary program.

Time for the number 3 of our top 5! You’re really gonna love this one, it’s a nutrient dense superfood that can help the kidneys flush toxins.
It’s so healthy that I make myself a smoothie with it almost every morning!

It is…

If you have become accustomed to thinking about celery as a crunchy, low-cal vegetable but not a key part of your health support… it is time to think again!
Recent research has greatly bolstered our knowledge about celery’s anti-inflammatory health benefits, including its protection against inflammation in the digestive tract itself. Some of the unique non-starch polysaccharides in celery-including apiuman-appear especially important in producing these anti-inflammatory benefits.
Aside from being alkaline, celery has additional cleansing properties. Since it’s mostly water, celery can easily help the kidneys flush toxins. Celery is also a “negative calorie” food, which means it takes more calories to chew and digest than the total amount of calories it contains.
I include celery in a variety of my green detox juice and smoothie recipes.
This superfood is rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids and has a very powerful effect on kidney health that not many people know about.
But why is celery so healthy? Let’s talk about the health benefits of this superfood.
– Lowers inflammation. Celery has approximately 25 anti-inflammatory compounds that can offer protection against inflammation in the body. It is great for lowering inflammation in the kidneys too.
– Celery supports digestion.
Pectin-based polysaccharides in celery, including a compound known as apiuman, have been shown to decrease instances of stomach ulcers, improve the lining of the stomach, and modulate stomach secretions.
-Celery is a source of important antioxidants. Celery contains vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids, but there are at least 12 additional kinds of antioxidant nutrients found in a single stalk.
It’s also a wonderful source of phytonutrients, which have been shown to reduce instances of inflammation in the digestive tract, cells, blood vessels, and organs.
-Celery also has antiseptic properties. It can help us getting rid of bacteria causing infections.
It can stimulate the production of urine, and this can diminish the presence of bacteria in the kidneys.
-Celery has an alkaline effect. Ok, this is maybe the best benefit celery has for people with kidney disease.
Celery has a PRAL Score of minus 5.2 per 1 cup or about 100g of chopped celery.
In this quantity there’s just 24 mg of phosphorus and 260 mg of potassium.
This means that you can even get two portions per day of celery without worries.
Remember that usually kidney patients in stage 3 and 4 are restricted to about 800mg of phosphorus per day and 2000mg of potassium. Obviously your numbers may be different, depending on your lab values.
Best way to use celery? Juice it with the parsley and drink it fresh.
And avoid the leaves. that’s where most of the potassium of celery is.
A question now, what makes the alkaline diet so good for your kidneys?
Well, first of all, the alkaline diet is mostly plant based.
It’s the same diet most dieticians recommend to patients with chronic kidney disease.
So you cannot really go wrong here.
In addition to vegetables and some fresh fruit, alkaline promoting foods include soy products and some nuts, grains and legumes.
These are not the easiest to add to a kidney diet, for the phosphorus and potassium content, but if you watch my videos about the best foods for kidney disease, there are a lot of very healthy whole grains and legumes you can eat.
The alkaline diet also discourages eating acid-producing foods, which include meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, processed foods, white sugar, white flour and caffeine.
In all honesty, it’s pretty much a healthy way of life!
And most of the benefits for the kidneys are actually proven.
As usual, when I say something is proven, I’m going to put a link in description where you can find the studies I’m talking about.
The bottom-line is that the foods you eat may influence the amount of acid in your blood.
Your kidneys help regulate your blood pH level (acid concentration) by removing excess substances that can make your blood more acidic or alkaline.
Blood that has a low pH level is considered acidic and can cause life-threatening health issues. When you have kidney disease, it’s more difficult for your kidneys to remove acid from your blood.
Because of that, a high-alkaline diet, one that is low in acidic foods, may help people with kidney disease balance their pH levels. In some cases your doctor may order medications to help with this balance.

Ok, our next one is a really healthy alkaline fruit a lot of people would never consider for their diet. And this makes it even more interesting!

It is

Blackcurrant, the forbidden fruit.
For a long time, blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) were called “the forbidden fruit” in the United States. Farmers thought that the tart berries, native to Europe and Asia, helped spread a fungus that killed pine trees. Due to the ban, many Americans have missed out on these nutritious berries.
Blackcurrants have a high concentration of:
polyphenolic substances
vitamin C
gamma-linolenic acid
The antioxidants in blackcurrant can help strength your immune system, soothe sore throats, and ease flu symptoms.
This is why many health foods and drinks in the United Kingdom use these berries.
Their tartness also lends itself to mixing with other fruits, especially in jams and juices.
Scientific studies suggest that consumption of currants can have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.
They are also incredibly alkalizing, with a PRAL score of minus 6.5.
1 oz of Blackcurrants or 28 g also contain just Potassium 107 mg and Phosphorus 19 mg, making the forbidden fruit absolutely not forbidden for kidney disease patients.

And, if you want to start seriously tackling the acidity of your body
These Kidney health tips can help you improve acid alkaline balance in the body.
Creating a more alkaline environment is a way to repair your kidneys!

– Get into the habit of adding lemon to everything:
salads, juices, tea – you name it. Start your day with hot water and lemon every morning.
– Use parsley abundantly to spice up foods!
– It is not easy at first but start to limit coffee and black tea intake. Swap them with herbal teas such as mint, lemongrass and green tea. Simple fresh mint leaves are great too.
– Introduce simple green vegetable juices or smoothies to your diet. I’ve made an interesting smoothie recipe you can try!
– Try limiting your meat intake and swap with other protein sources.
– When it comes to acidic foods milk is on top of the list. Milk is also too rich in phosphorus for a renal diet. Some healthy alternatives include almond milk and soy milk.
– Sweeten up your foods using natural sweeteners like raw honey or maple syrup instead of artificial sweeteners. Remember that artificial sweeteners are dangerous for our kidneys.

Time for our number 2 now! This superfood is really something you will wish you knew about earlier!
It’s incredibly healthy and delicious!

It is…

Arugula is a peppery, distinctive-tasting green that originated in the Mediterranean region. It’s also known as rucola, salad rocket, and Italian cress. Arugula is a member of the Brassica, or Cruciferous, family. This classification includes mostly cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, spinach, cauliflower, and broccoli.
This vegetable is an immune-boosting vegetable that packs a nutritional punch, especially considering its tiny number of calories.
Like other leafy greens, arugula salad is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat, especially when you add other vegetables to the mix.
When it comes to your health, as a high-antioxidant food, arugula can help improve almost every system in the body.
And with an amazing minus 7.5 PRAL score, for sure it will help making your body more alkaline.
It also has just 221 mg of Potassium and 17 mg of Phosphorus Per 1 cup, chopped or 67g.
This is really low for a cruciferous vegetable, since these foods are usually very rich in potassium.
Spinach for example has almost three times the potassium in arugula.

It has some really amazing health benefits too.
– Helps Fight Cancer. Eating a healthy diet filled with cruciferous/brassica vegetables, sometimes called “carcinogen killers,” is a key dietary recommendation for cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute.
– Improves Heart Health. Arugula is capable of improving the health of blood vessels by acting as an anti-inflammatory food that lowers levels of cholesterol.
A diet high in low-calorie, high-nutrient vegetables is also linked with better blood pressure, improved circulation, and a lower risk for having a heart attack or stroke.
– Helps Maintain Strong Bones. One cup of arugula provides about over a quarter of the recommended daily value of vitamin K. This makes it a great food for prevention of vitamin K deficiency.
Vitamin K is essential for bone health and also for helping with blood clot formation.
– Helps Prevent Diabetes. A diet high in green vegetables is thought to be a type of natural diabetes treatment since it improves insulin responsiveness.
All these benefits make arugula really useful to improve the health of your kidneys.
How do you make the best arugula salad? Due to their appealing taste, baby arugula leaves are the kind most often used in salads.
You can find the fresh, baby leaves (also sometimes called young arugula) at almost all grocery stores and at farmers markets in the spring and summer months.
Older leaves are also edible and used around the world too, although they’re less available in the U.S. They have a slightly more bitter taste and are usually cooked.

Now, I’ve shown you 4 foods you eat to create a more alkaline environment to start repairing your kidneys.
Don’t worry, I’ll show you the number one, the healthiest alkaline food in a moment.
These 5 foods are what I’ve hand picked for you, based on the nutrient content, the health benefits they have and the low potassium and phosphorus content.
But you cannot eat just five foods in your diet, right?
So you may ask, what foods are allowed in an alkaline diet and are suitable for kidney patients?

Most vegetables are okay, as are most fruits, soy products and some nuts.
So you may start with the foods you see here:
broccoli, cucumbers, pineapple, eggplant, grapes, lemons, pears, beets, radish…
These are really alkaline and healthy.
Then you may consider some nuts, including almonds),
And whole grains like barley and bulgur.
Legumes like green beans are suitable for a kidney diet and a great source of non-animal protein.
You should also avoid foods and beverages like
Meat, fish, poultry, dairy, processed foods (including white sugar and white flour), and caffeine.
The tricky part is that there are many foods that fall somewhere in the middle: Dairy products can range in PRAL score from around one, all the way up to over 30.
Even vegetables-which are largely considered a healthy part of the alkaline diet-range from -14 (good!) to 0 (not as good!). (Fruits are in the same boat.)
A key point to remember is that just because a certain product is in itself very acidic doesn’t mean it is acid-forming. Lemons are a great example. These sour citrus fruits are themselves pretty acidic with a pH of 2.0. However, a lemon’s PRAL score is minus 2.5, meaning it is alkaline when digested within the body.
And, always remember that these are only suggestion. You should definitely consult your doctor before making changes to your diet, if you have kidney disease.

Time for our number one now!
This is the healthiest and most alkalizing superfood you can eat.

Now, if you want to know more about reversing kidney disease, this program I have on my phone is for you.
Made by an Australian doctor with a history of successes in reversing kidney disease, this is the most complete guide to beat kidney disease you can find.
The link is up here if you want to learn more.

And our number one is…

Kale! Ok, I totally cannot keep kale outside my top fives! With an incredible PRAL score of minus 8.3, kale is the most alkalizing and the healthiest foods kidney patients can eat!
This is all for today, thank you for watching!

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Hi, my name is Michael and in this blog I'm gonna share the story of how I got off kidney dialysis for good. Getting off dialysis isn't easy at all, and that's why I'm trying to help people as much as I can.

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