Published on October 29th, 2019 | by Michaelw0
What I eat to reverse kidney disease
In today’s video I’ll show you 5 foods you can start eating right now to improve your kidney health and to lower creatinine levels.
I’m a kidney disease patient, just like you, and the foods I’ll show you today are what I’ve actually eaten to reverse my kidney disease and go from stage 4 to stage 3.
Hello, my name is Tony Bennet and this is 00kidney.
I know that you were hoping to see Katherine today, but you’re going to have to settle for me instead. Now, if I’m here is because I’ve to tell you something that could be both interesting and useful for you.
If you have chronic kidney disease, knowing the right foods to eat is paramount in helping you fight and beat kidney disease.
Now, I’m not a doctor, I’m just a patient fighting kidney disease like you are.
When my doctor diagnosed me with kidney disease, stage 4, one of the first things he told me to do was to change my diet.
Actually, I was between stage 4 and stage 5 of chronic kidney disease Just 2 years ago.
I was just 41 when I was diagnosed and I was so scared.
Now I’m stage 3 and my creatinine is still going down.
I have to thank for this incredible achievement a big step up I did with my lifestyle and diet.
Actually, eating the superfoods of today’s video was one of the things that helped me the most in reversing my kidney disease.
Ok ok, I won’t keep boring you with my story, so let’s start with the top 5.
In my opinion, these are the healthiest foods for people with kidney disease and every patient should eat them at least weekly to lower creatinine levels.
Alright, here’s the number 5 of our top 5, one of the healthiest foods for your kidney diet. This is especially true if you’re in stage 4 and 5, I’ll explain why in a moment.
And it is… beans. Yeah, talking about unusual foods for kidney patients.
Now, wait a minute before going straight to the comment section and start telling me that beans are too rich in phosphorus and potassium for a renal diet.
Yes I know that beans are usually not recommended for people with kidney disease, but they could be really really healthy.
And, actually there’s a way to eat them even if you’re in stage 4 or 5.
The point here is that beans and legumes have some benefits for the health of your kidneys so good that it is wort the effort to find a way to still eat them.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of beans.
Beans are a Nutrient dense food. Nutrient dense means that they contain a lot vital nutrients, including folate, zinc, iron, fiber and magnesium.
FACT, people with kidney disease often have imbalanced magnesium levels, since the kidneys are involved in the regulation of the levels of magnesium in the body.
Beans are rich in antioxidants, especially in polyphenols. They fight the effects of free radicals, which are chemicals that affect a wide range of processes in the body.
Beans may improve your heart health. A recent study found a clear correlation between eating beans and a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
Other research suggests that beans may even lower cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and chronic kidney disease.
Beans can be helpful in controlling appetite. The fiber and healthy starches in beans can help prevent food cravings. People may feel fuller after consuming beans, which may prevent overeating and even help with weight loss.
Now, I’ve kept the best for last.
Beans help stabilizing blood glucose levels. This is really important for people with kidney disease since diabetes is the number one cause of kidney disease.
Having too much sugar in the blood, to put it in a really simple way, can damage your kidneys.
Now, beans and legumes contain a large amount of carbohydrates. But these are good carbs.
They act very differently on our blood sugar and insulin levels compared to other carbohydrate sources.
If you combine beans with high glycemic foods, like white rice, pasta bread, you can actually blunt the spike in blood sugar and insulin levels that these foods would have caused.
Now, if you’re in stage 3, you can eat white beans, black beans, kidney beans … you can have a wide selection.
Your kidneys should be able to filter out potassium and phosphorus in them good enough.
People in stage 5 and often even in stage 4 need a very different approach to their renal diet, since they have to be really careful with these minerals.
But I’ve said that this superfood is good even for people in stage 5, right? How is this possible?
Well, not all beans are rich in potassium and phosphorus.
There are lot of very healthy legumes low in potassium you can eat to get all these benefits.
green beans, fava beans, green peas, garbanzo beans.
Even black beans are medium in potassium and can be eaten, once in a while, if potassium is under control.
But avoid white beans, navy beans, white kidney and lima beans and other high potassium legumes.
Another concern is phosphorus. Phosphorus in beans is not completely absorbed by the body, just 50 percent usually.
Ok, let’s see our number 4! Some people think that this is the healthiest superfood in the world… and they may be right.
For sure it’s delicious and can be included in any kidney diet. I eat this one almost every day for breakfast and it really helped me a lot in going from stage 4 to stage 3.
The number 4 on our top 5 of the healthiest superfood for renal diet is… blueberries.
Now, what are the benefits for our kidney health of this superfood?
Blueberries are the king of antioxidant foods – They have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruits. And this is the source of most of their health benefits. Really really useful for the health of our kidneys.
Blueberries improve immunity. They very rich in antioxidants like anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, copper, selenium, zinc, iron. So they boost up your immune system and prevent infections. With a stronger immune system, you’re less likely to catch colds and fevers and seasonal flu.
Blueberries protect against oxidative damage. All these antioxidants also mean that this superfood can protect our bodies against oxidative damage done by free radicals. Oxidative stress is what’s actually causing cancer and aging.
Protect heart health. Now, another benefit of antioxidants is their protection against the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. This plays a crucial role in the heart disease process.
So blueberries are very good for your heart health and, subsequently, for your kidney health.
Remember that the kidneys and the heart are part of the same system. You cannot get back any kidney function if your cholesterol is not under control.
Blueberries Have anti diabetes effect. There’s a bit of sugar in blueberries, but the bioactive compounds in blueberries appear to outweigh any negative impact of the sugar when it comes to blood sugar control.
Researches suggest that anthocyanins in blueberries make this superfood so effective on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.
Can fight UTIs. Urinary tract infections are a less common cause of kidney disease. Blueberries are closely related to cranberries, and they boast many of the same active substances as cranberries.
Now, I want to focus on the antioxidant properties of blueberries for a moment. Because that’s what can actually help us in fighting kidney disease.
Blueberry’s one of the ultimate superfoods because remember this, if you want to fight kidney disease and diseases in general, you need more antioxidants and you need to reduce inflammation.
Those are some of the key factors your body needs in fighting diseases.
And blueberries are the king of antioxidants.
Another thing I want to mention, wild and organic blueberries tend to have three times the antioxidants as conventional blueberries.
So going organic is actually worth the price of it, when you’re buying blueberries or buying fruit in general.
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Time for our number 3. This superfood is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s rich in antioxidants, provides fiber, iron, and calcium.
It is… chia seeds! Let’s see the benefits of chia seeds, so I can show you why having more omega 3s is so important for people suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Chia seeds are Rich in fiber. FACT the western diet is too poor in fiber, and this can cause more inflammation in the kidneys. Adding more fiber to the diet will help improving kidney function
Blood sugar regulation. All foods that can help lowering glucose levels should be more present in the renal diet of people with kidney disease. In particular, chia seeds can even lower insulin resistance.
Can be digested whole – unlike flaxseeds, another very healthy source of omega 3s, chia seeds don’t need to be grounded to be digested.
Good for healthy cooking – They can also be used to replace eggs in baked goods and other preparations. They form a gel in water, using this gel instead of eggs can lower the cholesterol in your diet and increase the nutrient content.
So if you have a recipe and you’re wanting to go egg-free, because eggs are so often connected to food allergies and food sensitivities, do one tablespoon of chia to three tablespoons of water, mix that and it can replace an egg in any recipe. Very useful also for vegan cooking.
Very rich in omega 3s. Chia seeds are one richest plant based sources of omega 3s. The lipid profile of chia seeds is composed of 60% of omega 3s. Now, this benefit alone is worth including them in your renal diet.
Why? Adding omega 3s to my diet is maybe the best thing I’ve ever done to improve my kidney health.
Omega 3s provide a host of multiple health benefits for patients with advanced kidney disease.
Omega 3s have been found by recent studies to be able to lower hypertension as much as lifestyle changes such as exercising more, cutting back on salt, or limiting alcohol.
But, most of all, they have been proven to actually lower creatinine levels in people with kidney disease.
So adding omega 3s rich foods is a must for anyone with kidney disease, in my opinion.
Now, was adding these foods alone enough to reverse my kidney disease? Absolutely not.
I needed a lot more than adding some superfoods to my diet to change how things were going for me.
I had to change my diet completely and to do several improvements in my lifestyle.
But adding these foods still helped a lot, because basing a good renal diet on healthy superfoods you can actually eat is a lot better than basing a diet on what you cannot eat.
I mean, when my I talked to a dietitian for the first time, he started telling me not to eat this and not to eat that.
Ok, I know that a lot of food should be avoided by people with kidney disease, but preparing a meal knowing only what to avoid is basically impossible.
But I’m digressing, so let’s move on with our top 5.
We are at the number 2!
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 it’s one of the foods that helped me the most in lowering my creatinine.
I’m eating it every day, mostly I’m juicing it and I drink it first thing in the morning.
It is… celery!
Ok, a lot of vegetables today, who could have guessed that I needed to eat more vegetables to get my kidney health back?
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.
Now, as you can see some of these benefits are not specific for kidney patients, so maybe you could tell me… I have kidney problems, I don’t care about inflammation, I just want to improve my kidney health. Well, this is not how the human body works. It’s not a sack of separated organs that work for themselves, it’s a system that’s supposed to work as one. For example, kidney health and heart health are strictly connected.
These organs work together to keep you healthy. When one is affected, the other one is too.
In other words, your heart can affect the health of your kidneys, and your kidneys can affect the health of your heart.
You cannot have healthy kidneys if your heart is struggling.
In the same way, lowering the inflammation in the body is a great way to improve kidney health. Remember, kidney disease is an inflammatory disease, so anti inflammatory foods can help lowering the stress on the kidneys.
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 has an alkalizing effect . Ok, this is maybe the best benefit celery has for people with kidney disease. The alkalizing effect. And, as I was saying, not a lot of people know about this.
But how does it work?
FACT, the kidney is the organ that’s actually supposed to keep the acid alkaline balance of the body.
Everything we eat can be acidifying or alkalizing. Now, foods like meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, alcohol are considered acidifying, so the more you eat them the more the kidneys need to work to keep the balance. These are some of the foods that people eat the most.
Now, what get more acidic when you eat those foods are just the urine, not the blood.
The body must always maintain his homeostasis, it cannot become more acidic.
So what organ is going to remove this excess of acid from the body?
You guessed it, the kidneys.
And this is a lot of work for the kidneys, especially when they are impaired.
Now, Celery is the most alkalizing food you can find and it will greatly lower the burden on your kidneys.
Ok, let’s see our number one! This superfood is proven to lower the risk of several chronic diseases, including kidney disease. It’s also known to improve heart health and to fight anemia, which often can cause fatigue in kidney disease patients.
Ok, before I’ll show the number one healthiest food for kidney disease, there’s something I want to tell you about.
A lot of people think that reversing kidney disease is impossible, but I can tell you that this is not true.
I’ve done it, and I’m absolutely not the first person to do it.
Watch this video to know more about how to reverse kidney disease.
And our number one is… EGGPLANT! This superfood is so healthy… The vitamin & mineral content of eggplants is quite extensive. They’re a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and even more!
Want to know everything about the benefits of eggplant? Watch this video now!